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Monsieur Adhesive [Jan. 28th, 2005|09:36 pm]
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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'.
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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).
http://www.catnip.o-f.com/lesmis8.htm
That's him as 2nd traveller during 'Master of the House' ;D
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[User Picture]From: trudsss
2005-01-28 03:27 pm (UTC)
So do you like Gary Tushaw's Marius? Gneral opinion is that he's pretty duff, but I happen to think he's quite unique. I *can* see what's annoying about him, but I find it kinda endearing.

Heh, I feel like the only female in the world who doesn't fancy Ramin Karimloo, though I do appreciate him ;)
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[User Picture]From: trudsss
2005-01-29 03:22 am (UTC)
Yes! Sooooo many Marus's just *click* switch when Cosette starts singing to him. Maybe they think "Oh well I did the whole grief-stricken acting in the scene before for 'Empty Chairs at Empty Tables', back to happy-go-lucky Marius! Gary Tushaw has been the first Marius to ever make me want to cry, with that little scene there, felt really sorry for him!
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[User Picture]From: alligatorandme
2005-01-28 08:43 pm (UTC)
One of my American friends said he was "the gayest Marius I've ever seen."

But I know nothing about him; just passing it on. ;-)

I have to say it's very interesting to know that Gemma Wardle is returning to a role she first played over 10 years ago and yet no one is saying she's too old. ;-) I really thought if she ever came back it'd be as Fantine, since she used to understudy that role.
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[User Picture]From: trudsss
2005-01-29 03:14 am (UTC)
The gayest Marius, eh? Asti agrees, but I dunno, Daniel Reeves is faaaaar more....gayer! Heh! Maybe Mr Tushaw's over-enthusiastic nature comes across that way, but then again, I've seen some stage door photos, and the clothes he's wearing are very....gay!

Yeah, I have a recording with her as Eponine and I thought ay?? She does look older than your average Eponine in the photos, but her voice is very young-sounding. Still, her and Joanna Ampil look the same age!
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From: ex_asti665
2005-01-28 06:03 pm (UTC)
I don't hate that Marius Truds, it's just I find him a bit...irritating. It's like someone's injected sugar into his arm or something. ;) But I do agree with you in a sense, and he does play the role as very gushing and innocent. Now all he needs to do is say 'Cosette' properly! Hah, you know I say half of this stuff to wind you up, Truds; I don't think he's bad at all.

It's shocking when Midi's not on; there must have been some strange shift in the world's atmosphere, or a parallel dimension or something. ;) And Mr Dickinson did look nice, and sound quite good too....though you bloody noticed something about him I certainly didn't! My eyes were not looking there! ;P Well...
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[User Picture]From: trudsss
2005-01-29 03:20 am (UTC)
You find him *very* irritating! I can hear you making uptight noises at times when he's performing, LOL! "Hmmmm....urgh." Heh yeah ok, he does say "Kuhsette". Oh we're constantly winding each other up! Though no more slagging off JOJ!! I heard you the last time!

A temporal vortex or something, heheheh!! Well his uniform was either very ill-fitting, or he was *really* enjoying himself.....!
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From: ex_asti665
2005-01-29 05:23 pm (UTC)
...........Ok yeah I do. ;) When did I slag off JOJ?! Cheek. Yeah, and I just thought I'd say that Mr Karimloo is ugly and I hate Midi. ;P

Tch listen to you, dragging our conversation into the gutter. ;) No no, not 'ill-fitting' - perfectly fitted I'd say...
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[User Picture]From: trudsss
2005-01-30 04:42 am (UTC)
LOL! You were slagging off JOJ for "having too much vibrato!" Yeah yeah, ok, just shut up now ;)

Not as tight a costume as it could have been though.... :D
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[User Picture]From: shawk
2005-01-28 11:38 pm (UTC)
Hah, fangirlish moment! One day, we'll get you to stage door. ;)
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[User Picture]From: trudsss
2005-01-29 03:15 am (UTC)
Nooooooo! I'd wanna be a fly-on-the-wall, just watch all the happenings, but not be seen ;D
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[User Picture]From: shawk
2005-01-29 11:53 pm (UTC)
You could go to the stage door and just stare at everyone so they think you're a scary stalker... ;)
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From: roxulasbride
2005-01-29 01:04 am (UTC)
Wow - really only a year since you first saw it. How many times now. I'm over 20 now but that's since in about 10 years since I first saw it.
What is it with Enjolras and those tight trousers *swoons* My worst one for starring at that was when David Malek played the role a second time in 1999/2000*sigh*
Hal Fowler was a great Javert - if a little short. My fave Valjean has been John Owen Jones...
At the stage day I do always ask for autographs and such from Javert etc too...though I tend to get more photos with the younger boys *ahem* But I try and speak to everyone. Met Joanna a couple of times...she's lovely.
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[User Picture]From: trudsss
2005-01-29 03:11 am (UTC)
Yup, only a year! Well, had heard the music a few months before I saw the show (knew only the original London cast recording, so didn't realise how much faster it'd be, or of all the cuts!).
I like Hal Fowler, though he REALLY scares me on the Mr Producer tape, playing Enjolras, the way he says "Uuuuuuuuuaaaat the barricades of freeedom!" Heh!
I dunno, I think I have something against standing around by a door in the cold, waiting for a person who might have left by another way! It would be nice, but I know I'll never do it!
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[User Picture]From: shawk
2005-01-29 11:54 pm (UTC)
I think Hal Fowler was a last minute replacement for Enjolras on HMP, which explains why his outfit doesn't fit and he marches like a chicken. ;)
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[User Picture]From: trudsss
2005-01-30 04:36 am (UTC)
Ooooh really? Never knew that! He doesn't seem like an Enjolras at all, quite creepy in fact.....!
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[User Picture]From: alligatorandme
2005-01-31 11:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, there was a theory running around Le Cafe that it was supposed to be Michael Maguire, but I dunno... ;-)
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[User Picture]From: trudsss
2005-01-31 11:15 am (UTC)
Michael Maguire? I'm not really a fan of that man at all,a but too in ya face. Heh, I remember Quantam Leap was on tv (in the background), and Iheard this familiar-sounding voice, looked up, and it was him! Playing some army guy or something!
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[User Picture]From: alligatorandme
2005-01-31 11:17 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I found a picture of that once! I think I died inside. (Not a fan either, but still...)

I saw him twice in Bravo Broadway. He's really full of himself but he could be genuinely funny. Sometimes. ;-)

I have on tape his extra special guest appearance on Star Trek Voyager, too. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: trudsss
2005-01-31 01:58 pm (UTC)
No way no way :D When was he in Voyager?? I'm starting to have some memory of a guy wanting one of the crew to stay....somewhere....oh I'm probably thinking of another episode!

LOL but you have these on tape, and not a fan.....? ;D
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[User Picture]From: alligatorandme
2005-01-31 03:24 pm (UTC)
He was Kes' father in that episode where she kept getting younger and then died and came back. ;-)

I'm not a fan, but it's fun to have stuff to mock, ya know? ;-) I also own his CD with the NY Pops. Really awful.
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