EIGHTIES heartthrob Jason Donovan is celebrating his 50th birthday this year with a twist. 

He is hitting the road with his show ‘Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis’ and, with a wealth of tales under his belt, it promises to be a night to remember at the Carnegie Hall on September 12 at 7.30pm.

The autobiographical show will zigzag back and forth through his life, with stories about Neighbours, Ten Good Reasons, Kylie, Joseph, I’m A Celebrity, Strictly and much, much more.

Ahead of his trip to Dunfermline, the Press caught up with the star to see if he really is having a midlife crisis. 

DP What should people expect from your new show? 
JD I was asked a while back if I wanted to write a book on what I’d been up to in the last 10 years since my last book came out. I didn’t really want to go through writing a book again, however, I did think that there was something in taking an autobiographical show out on the road where I really get to tell my story directly to the people who have been with me for 30 years, I can’t wait! This tour is like nothing I’ve done before; there’s going to be some chat, some audience interaction, a couple of acoustic numbers and a few surprises up my sleeve!

DP The title of your show – do you feel your age? 
JD I looked up the term ‘Midlife crisis’ recently and it suggested the following: “a psychological and behavioural observation that commonly occurs with individuals between the ages of 45–64”. I definitely fall into the right age category! I don’t know that I’m having a crisis as such but as you get older, your perspective and the way you live your life starts to shift slightly – I’m trying to get myself to relax more and worry less, that would definitely be a good outcome from any kind of crisis that might be going on!

DP What’s been the proudest moment of you career so far? 
JD I’m so lucky, too many to single one out, but if I really have to choose one, I’d say having the best-selling album of 1989. That was pretty special.

DP Do you have any regrets you have about your career? 
JD I try not to do regrets. You win some you lose some, you have to live with it all.

DP If you had to choose, would you go for acting or singing? 
JD When I’m acting I love acting the best, when I’m singing I love singing the best! But if I was forced to choose, I’d choose acting.

DP There’s quite a few characters returning to Neighbours (including your dad) – would you ever consider going back? 
JD My days in Neighbours were exciting, fun and it’s only the passing of time that has made me realise how significant the storylines I was part of were to people. There isn’t a week that goes by where people don’t ask me about Scott and Charlene’s wedding, it’s incredible to think that people hold that memory so dearly 30 years down the line! My dad, Doug Willis, was back for a while and then he left again. He’s 86 and still working! Anyway, fantastic as it was, I can’t see me ever going back.

DP How did your role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, come about? Were you approached? How did it feel when you got the leading part?
JD Andrew Lloyd Webber came along to one of my concerts and I was asked to audition. I didn’t really know who he was at the time! At the time, my pop music star was starting to wane, and suddenly, there I was at the beautiful London Palladium, huge amounts of sold-out shows, all sorts of super famous people coming to visit the show, Princess Diana, Elton John, rave reviews. And suddenly my success was at another level. It was an amazing time, and I was very lucky. It was a great time.

DP Would you push your kids into showbiz or would you put them off? 
JD My eldest daughter has done some acting already and she is considering going to drama school. If it’s what she wants to do I am 100 per cent behind her. 

Tickets, priced £25, are available from boxoffice.carnegie@onfife.com
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