By Denny Patterson
Fabulous harmonies, incredible vocals, dashing good looks, and fantastic personalities – these are the definite characteristics used to describe Scott Garnham, Simon Schofield, Lee Honey-Jones, and Alistair Barron. Also known as the Barricade Boys. Considered some of the best voices in show business, the Barricade Boys showcase some of the world’s greatest show tunes and celebrate music from some of the most iconic names in the music industry. From powerful ballads and gorgeous operatic arias to rock, pop, and swing numbers, there is literally nothing these guys cannot do. The Barricade Boys will be coming to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center for a one night only performance on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 7:00PM. I had the pleasure of chatting more with Garnham about their upcoming South Florida performance and their passion for singing and performing.
Why don’t you start off by telling me how and when the Barricade Boys formed. Are you all related, longtime friends? Worked on a project together? What is your history?
I was in Les Miserables in the West End and also lucky enough to be part of the 25th anniversary at the O2 Arena with Norm Lewis, Nick Jonas, etc. It was overwhelming to see the love and appreciation of the show and to understand how much it meant to people. I knew then that Les Miserables was special and that a show featuring members of the cast performing songs from the show, in a unique way, plus hearing music that the stars of the show themselves loved singing would be something really special. An idea was born! I created Barricade Boys with Simon Schofield, launched in London’s West End to a sold-out audience and the group has since continued to wow audiences all over the world, including an appearance on Broadway. Florida is unbelievably exciting for us too.
So, why do you call yourselves the Barricade Boys?
Simply – when you are a man in the show Les Miserables, you spend most of your time on the “Barricades.” Plus, it has a nice ring to it.
What can audiences expect from your upcoming performance in Fort Lauderdale?
Although we perform many hits from Les Miserables, and in our own unique way, we also perform a lot of different styles and genres of music. We’ve got pop, swing, Motown, other musical theatre, and even a rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” So, whether you like the sounds of the 60s with our Jersey Boys medley or the soaring ballads of West Side Story, there is literally something for everyone. Most of all, we have fun and we hope the audience will come on that journey with us.
Will this be your first time performing in South Florida?
Yes, this is my first time performing in South Florida and it is also the group’s first time, which is very exciting. Although, I must confess, I love Florida! I have visited seven times already and I am going back again with my wife and parents in July.
Florida is quite fantastic. So, what are you looking forward to the most about this performance?
I am most looking forward to bringing our show and music to a brand-new audience. We have been lucky enough to perform all over the world, but every audience is different, and they all bring something unique and special with them. It is exciting for us as performers to experience that every night. You hope by the end of the night, they are taking home a memory they will cherish forever.
Have you always had a passion for music and performing?
I have loved music ever since I can remember. I used to attend singing and drama classes at a local stage school while I was growing up and it meant the world to me. I love all kinds of genres, but the real classics are the ones that hit home most. Swing and the music of the 50s and 60s are probably my favorites.
What would you say is the best part about performing?
The best part about performing with the Barricade Boys is the chance to have fun and entertain with my friends. We are all best friends and we think that comes across in the show. We do not take ourselves too seriously and we find that it can be infectious for the audience. Ultimately, performing is the best form of escape. For two hours, we go out on that stage and forget about the day’s worries or troubles and just have fun. How many people can do that with their job?
What do you look for in a good audience?
Mainly, we just want people to have a good time and if you are having a good time, let us know! Clap, cheer, laugh, sing – we love it all! There is nothing like live theatre and when the audience is electric, it is even better.
Can you give me a little hint as to what you will be singing or will that spoil the surprise?
I don’t want to give away too much, but you can expect music from every era. From the 50s to present day. You will hopefully hear some ballads that will make you cry and some up-tempo songs that will have you dancing in the aisles.
I am sure you guys have no trouble keeping every performance fresh and exciting.
It’s easy. We love it! The day it stops being fun and we don’t enjoy it, we will do something else. Until then, we just want to keep sharing our shows with people.
Do you have a performance that has been the most memorable for you?
We were lucky enough to perform at the St. James Theatre on Broadway for a gala honoring Jude Law. We decided to change the lyrics from “One Day More” to “One Jude Law.” It was a real highlight of the concert and it had everyone, including Jude, roaring with laughter. We met him afterwards and he asked if we would print out the lyrics for him so he could send a copy to his mum.
What emotions and feelings do you feel once you step out on stage?
A mix of excitement and nerves. We are always nervous because we want the show to be the best it possibly can be, but we are also very excited as we know we are about to do what we love.
What’s next for the Barricade Boys? What do you hope to accomplish within the next year?
Well, we have a 34 dates UK and U.S. tour, over 50 cruise ship contracts, we are releasing a new album, and we hope to keep visiting more countries around the world. We would love to do Vegas too, but we have not been in touch with the right person who can open that door – yet. We hope to soon! After the UK tour, we will probably work on some new material to make sure the show stays fresh. We want people who see it again and again to always expect something new.