Howie Dorough will likely be exceptionally busy because the Backstreet Boys convey their DNA World Tour to North America this weekend.
On July 12, because the tour resumes in Washington, D.C., Dorough will likely be releasing Which One Am I?, a household album that is additionally the premise for a stage present he’ll be unveiling early subsequent yr in Nebraska. Co-written with Tor Hyams, who produced the album, and Broadway veteran Lisa St. Lou, the 12-song set blends humor and poignancy because it attracts on Dorough’s personal life. “It’s things I went through,” he tells Billboard. “Being shy as a little kid, being in my older sister’s shadow, worrying a lot, constantly being misjudged by people,” which he says occurred due to his household’s combined Irish-Spanish heritage.
“It’s about a kid just finding his place in life and my journey,” Dorough says.
The impetus for the venture was listening to kid-friendly music together with his sons James, now 10, and Holden, 6. “I couldn’t really relate to the music that was out there,” Dorough says. “I knew there have been so many nice films on the market I was capable of relate to with my youngsters — Toy Story, Wreck It Ralph, the Minions. However I did not discover music that was the identical approach. And I checked out our viewers on the Backstreet’s live shows and I observed that numerous their followers had been bringing their youngsters out. So I was like, ‘There must be music that may be there for each the adults and the youngsters and converse to each of them.’ So I made it a mission to make one thing I thought I may get pleasure from with my youngsters, and hopefully the followers may with their youngsters as properly.”
Dorough was shocked that Which One Am I? “took on a life of its own” and developed into the musical, which can premiere Jan. 31 for a two week-plus run on the Rose Theater in Omaha. The manufacturing options extra songs, and never each track from the album, however, Dorough says, “We still decided to put the CD out ’cause we thought we had a great body of work that needed to see the light of day.” He has designs to take the musical far and broad, as much as and together with Broadway, nevertheless it’s taking second seat behind his commitments to Backstreet Boys, whose tour present runs into early November with 2020 dates already being deliberate.
“God willing, hopefully when I have some more breaks with the guys I’ll be able to do more with (the musical),” Dorough says. “We feel like the sky’s the limit. Obviously I would love to be able to bring it to New York one day. We were recently in Europe and I was doing some of these listening parties with the fans and they were like, ‘Of course, you definitely need to bring this musical over here to Europe.’ It’d be kind of fun to see if I could take it around the world eventually, but right now I’m a little bit busy with the Backstreet schedule, so I’m not making it a priority off the bat.”
The DNA World Tour, after all, follows the quintet’s 10th studio album DNA, which was the troupe’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 since Black & Blue in 2000. “That was an awesome feeling,” Dorough says. “I didn’t expect that to come around again in our career, lightning striking in a bottle twice now. We’ve just gotten lucky. If someone had told me 26 years ago I’d have a second coming of my career, I’d have bet my money on a lottery ticket. It’s pretty amazing.” The group is feeling the love on tour as properly, with sturdy turnouts all through Europe and even a two-night stand on the O2 Enviornment in London.
“The receptions have been amazing,” Dorough studies. “We’re simply taking our followers down reminiscence lane with a sprinkling of recent stuff from the DNA album. Simply to be doing arenas once more is incredible. It is undoubtedly exceeding all our expectations, and in every single place we have gone they need us again as quickly as potential.”