||[Jan. 28th, 2005|09:36 pm]
|||||Falcon in the Dive - Terrence Mann *gulp*||]|
I'm terrible at updating this thing! But I *do* have a real life diary, so that's probably my reason for lack of updates here. I have been reading all your enteries worry not (ahem), Lady Shawk, what a terrible shame about the package! I'm back to drinking coffee, but still not filter. Missed going shopping this wek, where I was hoping to pick up a different kind of tea. And there was a mixture there for mulled wine too, just need to pick a red wine. The online recipes say it doesn't matter, but I really don't know! Anyone know anything about this?
Saw Les Mis during the week, here's my review copied and pasted onto here!
"January wouldn't be complete now without a viewing of Les Mis! I've decided, seeing as I first saw the show in January, counting on it still being on, I'll try to catch it every January. Knowing my luck it'll close now....musn't think that way though, must be optimistic! As odd as this sounds, I wasn't at first prepared to be seeing the show this day, it was my sister who was desperate to see, as due to some online sources, she was told that Michael McCarthy (current Javert, as in forever), was off for 2 weeks, and his understudy would be on. He must take this month off, as the first time we saw, it was also an understudy. After some grumbling, taking money from the crying bank, we managed to secure seats in the stalls, row D, in the middle! Student prices!! (*Cue insanely happy laughter*) Before the show, it also started to snow, which is rather typical, as we Londoners rarely get to see it. Didn't settle though, so no skating across the River Thames.
So yes, our whole reason (ahem) for seeing the show tonight was for the understudy, Mark Dickinson. He usually plays the role of Bamatabois, very intimidating and creepy, as let's face it, most Bamatabois's are quite camp! As well as countless other ensemble characters. First time Asti and me saw him, we took a guess he'd be the Javert understudy, and were for once, right! I've heard his performance described as, 'adhesive'.
Adhesive? I'm not quite sure what the person meant by this odd description, and I can't (sadly) say that he was. Maybe there's another meaning to it, for example, Michael McCarthy goes by the name of 'Midi' by certain friends, for which there's an amusing reason for this. I simple think that the person said adhesive, but meant something else (I can only hope!) Well Mr Dickinson was certainly sneery, and had that lovely Javert expression of contempt! Has been a year since I've seen a different actor in the role (gawd bless Midi), so found myself viewing scenes differently. During 'Confrontation', he seemed quite violent, following Valjean around with his nightstick (*snigger*). And when he shouted the line, "I am the law and the law is not mocked!" the first 4 words reminded me so much of Sylvester Stallone in that (dreadful) film, Judge Dredd. "I.AM.THE.LAW!" Horrendous. Well not Mr Adhesive! I found him to be a great actor of the role, saying a lot of words as opposed to singing them (reminded me of Simon Bowman in that sense). I know that my sister totally adored him; "He looks gorgeous in that uniform!" - won't catch me saying that kind of nonsense! *cough*. I couldn't help missing the presence of Michael McCarthy, but this could be down to habit.
Sean Kingsley was on as Valjean, horray! I'll admit that I've really grown fond of his interpretation of the character, and his singing voice for that role has come on sooooooo much. His version of 'Bring Him Home' was particularly strong. With such a gruff voice, you'd never imagine he could hit such high notes, but he does, and with ease it seems! Slight embarressing fangirlish moment here, but when he came out onstage at the end, my sister and I together let out a loud cheer, to which he looked down at us wide-eyed (with scary old-man-Valjean makeup on) and then grinned at us!! That made my night ;) My sister and I have (sadly) worked out Valjean's most attractive stage during the show; when he goes to fetch Cosette, in that fab yellowish jacket. Still not too old to say "No" to, heheheh! Ahem. I hope he gets a good reception at the stage door, and not just girls all seeking the barricade boys (who are great of course). No stage-dooring it for me though.
The ensemble were particularly funny tonight - I swear their microphones have been tuned up! I heard comments such as "trollop!", "mmm this tastes rather nice actually" and "the bastards!" And when Javert was revealed amongst the barricade boys, one of them shouted out, "I knew it!" Brilliant. It's probably more fun, as an experience, to be in the ensemble, swapping roles constantly, working with loads of people, especially in a show such as Les Mis. I would love to play a whore, ahahahaha! ;D Ahhh yes, glad to see Gemma Wardle as Eponine again, she's reallllly good, like her interpretation. Y'know, EVERY single time I've seen Les Mis, Joanna Ampil has been on as Fantine. A great track record that lady has, obviously not prone to sickness! Both the above ladies have such strong voices I doubt they even need those microphones to be heard at the back! It's official: Ramin Karimloo's (Enjolras) trousers get tighter at each performance I've seen. I am NOT staring, but you can't help noticing with all that barricade ascending and descending! And there's a high-flying, legs-tucked jumped, very similar to his Raoul jump.........I could feel waves of disapproval coming off my sister at Gary Tushaw's Marius, but I really don't care what others say, I think he's great. He says, "Cosette....I ...don't know what to say" perfectly, as I always thought that line shouldn't be sung, and he says it in such a sort of embarressed way, complete with restless body movements, yeah, he's good :) Before I get accusations, no I'm not perving, just appreciating! Heh, why am I justifying myself to no-one?
Annoying audience incident of the night: the couple next to me had still not returned to their seats for the second half, and Eponine had just began to sing 'On My Own'. Ohhh look, they there are, standing by the edge, looking nervously to their seats in the middle. Yup, here they come! Had this guys arse pass about 1 cm from my face, and it wasn't small, I tell you! Hmph, reminded me of the time when I saw Sweeney Todd, with that gigantic guy oozing over into my seating area. This guy was doing the same (though not as bad), and during quiet moments, would pop open his Mini Eggs cylinder, roll out a few, and eat them noisely. No food in the theatre! Nothing that can be slurped or crunched. My sister had a couple next to her guzzling down alcohol all night, and who stank of the stuff. Behind us were sat a family of French people - the guy obviously knew the story, as he'd suddenly whisper loudly, "Gavroche!" or "Javert!"
Great performance, enjoying the show immensly, a year after first seeing it. Yes, it only took me around 19 years or so to see it, so am making up for lost time! Through the powers of prediction, I forsee that I shall once again visit the Queen's theatre, and ..........perhaps, see the show again. Once my student ticket runs out this year, visits to the theatre in general will be at an all time low, until I'm in a high paid job, or win the lottery!"
The end at last! Click on the link below, to see a less than flattering picture of Mark Dickinson (scroll down the page a bit).
That's him as 2nd traveller during 'Master of the House' ;D