Barrie Stevens said he looked up to his former lover Leen Jongewaard. The choreographer and actor is of the opinion that that did not help in overcoming his insecurity as a singer, he tells Wednesday in The Telegraph.
“I thought Leen was great”, says Stevens about the actor and singer with whom he had a relationship until the mid-eighties. “He was the star, stood with Robert Long in a sold-out Carré, at the time when the public was still in line to get a ticket.”
“And the same Leen said to me: ‘You can’t sing, you always sing out of tune.’ And that poison stays in your body. Only now, almost 25 years after his death, does it feel more balanced. “
Stevens thinks Jongewaard, who died in 1996, is still one of the greatest theater actors he has known, but the 76-year-old choreographer and actor now also dares to appreciate himself as a singer.
Stevens is rehearsing for his theater performance I’m an artist. He will also sing in it.