Tim Howar has spent his career on both sides of the Atlantic, starring in both West-End and Broadway productions. His theatre career has seen him play an extensive variety of roles, ranging from rock musicals such as Rent and Rock of Ages, to classical musicals such as Les Misérables and On the Town. He is currently co-lead-singer of the band Mike + The Mechanics.
Currently for ENO: Freddie Chess
Tim’s career in music started young, singing in the Alberta Youth Choir, the Centennial Singers, and Pro Coro Canada, before joining Edmonton Musical Theatre. His dance career began at 16, which led to becoming an apprentice with Ballet North. He had been offered a full scholarship to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, which he declined after deciding to pursue his love of theatre and musical theatre.
Tim is also a regular guest soloist for concerts around the world, including Raymond Gubbay concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Abbey Road 80th Concert, the Hallé Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium and France, the London Philharmonic, London Concert Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and BBC Concert Orchestra.
In 2009, he was asked to join legendary rock-band Mike + The Mechanics as co-frontman with Andrew Roachford, and has spent the past few years recording and touring around the world singing hits such as ‘All I Need is a Miracle’ and ‘I Can’t Dance’ to sell-out audiences and arenas.
Notable engagements elsewhere: Artful Dodger in Oliver!; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (cover Joseph), and Miss Saigon in Toronto (cover Chris), before landing the title role in The Who’s Tommy (Toronto and Canadian national tour). Other Canadian productions include Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival, PEI), Guilliame/cover Arnaud in The House of Martin Guerre (Toronto), Screamin’ John McGee in Rock and Roll (Theatre New Brunswick), Barnaby in Hello Dolly (Edmonton), Martin in Outrageous (Toronto), and Joel in Anything That Moves (Toronto). Tim then went on to play Marius in Les Misérables (US national tour and Toronto) with Colm Wilkinson for over 2 years, playing almost every state in America; Peggy Sue got Married (Shaftesbury Theatre), Stuart Clutterbuck in the Rod Stewart Musical Tonight’s the Night (Victoria Palace Theatre). In between, he also did Ragtime at the Cardiff International Festival, Ozzie in On the Town at the ENO (London Coliseum and Théâtre du Châtelet), Roger in the Broadway production of Rent for the 10th-anniversary production.
Original cast recordings/rock recordings include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (original Canadian cast recording); Tonight’s the Night (original London cast recording); Somewhere in the Audience (Eric Woolfson); Burning Blue (film soundtrack);Comrade Rockstar (original cast recording); ‘Wrong Songs for Summer’ and ‘Uncle David’ (for composer Richard Thomas); Shoes the Musical (Richard Thomas); Wheels of Fortune (Van Tramp); The Road, The Hits, Let Me Fly (Mike + The Mechanics).
TV/Film includes: F/X (Canada); Last Chance Harvey (with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson); Commercials (inc. Tim Hortons, Canada).
Last updated: 5th April 2018