Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 2(1001 Posts)
Well, what can I say, fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!!!!!!!!
He certainly lived up to his promise to put on a hell of a show! Lee was a brilliant performer, great voice, acting, dancing, the works.
The evening almost ended up in disaster before it had even begun. After getting back from DS1's karate class, I had precisely 10 minutes to get ready and hand over the boys to my mum before heading off for the station. Halfway to the station I think tickets!!!. I'd only gone and left them at home . So I run back, grab the tickets and sprint to the station, catching the train by the skin of my teeth (my dream was an omen after all ). Then at the other end I have to charge through the rush hour crowds like a demon and make it with five minutes to spare.
DP and I get a large glass of white wine in plastic cups and settle into our tiny seats, looking at an empty stage with just a wooden chair in it. I'm seated next to a fat bloke whose bum spills under the armrest and takes half my seat as well (and he had stinky feet but I tried to ignore that). Then minutes later His Leeness appears, looking as fantastic as ever, singing Any Dream Will Do. His voice was superb throughout the whole show, apart from one very loud, very long bum note which made me cringe .
The show was just amazing, all the cast put in excellent performances, including the understudy who was playing the part of the narrator tonight. I'd never seen Joseph before so didn't know what to expect. There wasnt really that much of a story but it was so colourful and energetic. I loved the Elvis Pharoah bits and all the little jokes they snuck in.
Then before I knew it it was winding up, with a big dance routine at the end and Lee in his gold breast plate singing Close Every Door for a second time. Then he stands on some sort of lift thing and is raised in the air to exactly my eye level and I could swear he was smiling at me (ok, wishful thinking I know, but it was still a special moment).
At the end everyone hot-foots it out the door and there's a big crowd waiting behind velvet ropes just outside the main doors, so I loiter as long as I can then head outside, where I have to stand at the front. Then Lee comes out to sign autographs and the man himself hands me a signed photograph and smiles at me <faint>. I was literally less than an arm's length away from him and I told him how good I thought he was and he smiles again <faint again> very briefly while handing out more signed photos and signing people's programmes. then he waves to the adoring crowd and disappears back inside and it's all over.
Then I start wishing I could go again and, wait, hang on, I'm going again on Monday . This time I'll buy a programme and get him to sign it.
Then DP takes me for a birthday drink at the American Bar in the Savoy Hotel across the road and we head home.
And that's it. A fantastic birthday treat and I can't wait till Monday.
I think I may have missed you by mere minutes, Oggs. Oh well, speak in the morning. First day back to school tomorrow...
So glad you had a good birthday outing.
[shock and awe] You got within touching distance of him.
Were you impressed with the thighs???
Can't actually believe you're going again next week.
<ha har> Now know that the person I have to disguise myself as isn't a bloke..... you're friend... <erm, all innocent>... what does she look like???????
She's got green hair and tends to wear a pink tutu.
Do you think I should have touched him? It didn't seem right somehow.
<Waves arms in frantic manner>
I'm still here.
Sorry Berrie, should that be B**r?
Dd went back to school middle of August.
(For eco friendly reasons I've had to finish up the bottle of wine I was drinking)
Sweet dreams Lyra
Now what a coincidence........ My hair is green at the moment, and my favourd item of dress is a pink tutu
Did you have a nice birthday Lyra?
Sorry about the bacon I'm sure I'll come up with a better alternative.........
I had a lovely birthday, apart from the rushing around and the near-disaster. I really am off to bed this time. Night.
<totally unable to do anything about the crossed posts>
<which are many>
I'm listening to "Those Canaan Days" at the moment.....
You know what would be the best thing - if we all managed to go to see it on the same date.....can you imagine the Woo Woos??
Lyra - you did Woo woo for us didn't you?
Oggs you made me larf and larf and larf!
I think we should definitly all go together next year!
More info Lyra...was dp with you waiting for Lee? What sort of people were around you? How many people did he meet? Were some disapointed? Did you see Binkle's man doing introductions? How long did he stay? How did you get to the front?
Answers to Berrie's questions:
1. DP had already gone outside while I waited for the loo/loitered in the foyer so he was somewhere at the back of the crowd while I was gazing up adoringly at His Leeness.
2. The people around me were all female, ranging in age from 6 to 60, pretty much. There was a woman next to me who must have been in her 50s who started shoving like a teenage groupie as soon as Lee appeared.
3. He handed out a big stack of signed photos and probably signed about 20 autographs. So some must have been disappointed.
4. No I didn't see Binkle's butler.
5. About 5 minutes.
6. By waiting in the foyer till the crowd had formed outside the doors, then when I went outside I had no choice but to stand at the front <crafty eh?> I didn't even attempt to find DP till after Lee had gone.
He really was gorgeous close up, girls. Taller than I expected. His skin looked a little waxy but I'm guessing he still had a fair bit of make-up on.
It was weird being that close, close enough to touch but not daring to. Maybe I'll be bolder next time if I get to the front. I'll try the loitering tactic again.
Was the loitering a plan or serendipidous? I stood that close to Prince Charles once at a garden party.All I could think of was I could punch him on the nose now if I wanted...not that I did want...I wanted to be on the other side meeting Di. But I forget...I'm talking to the woman who interviews Primeministers!
Did other people touch him?
My friend has the end of cast year show for phantom this weekend which Lee is supposed to be going to. You never know, I might get some goss!
No it wasn't really a plan, I was loitering in the foyer and I heard someone ask a security man if Lee would be coming out and he said he'd be otusdie the main dors as soon as all the people were out of the foyer. That's when I hatched my cunning plan to be one of the last out.
Ohhh Lyra!!! <big sigh>. I gotta book me a seat!
And the American Bar. I LOVE that place. DH was in there last week getting hammered, but I haven't been there in years
The American Bar was lovely but sooo expensive. My glass of wine cost £9
I know. But DH swears he was on expenses . And the nibbles are good!
Sounds like you had an amazing night - and next week I definately think you should go in for a bit of light stroking of the forearm perhaps? When he hands you the signed programme?
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