Prisoner 24653 wrote:
Interesting... I kinda felt the same way about Lockyer when I saw him in the US Tour in the summer of '13. He left me cold for a good chunk of Act 1 (really, the whole cast did), but I warmed up to him and the production as a whole once he met Little Cosette -- from then on, I loved him in the role.
Lockyer was on last night (all principles were except thacko, who I think couldn't get in because of train services from what I could make out from tweets.
but I got James gant's probable last performance as Javert) and I enjoyed his performance a bit more this time. Even if he was overacting with his hand a little bit.
Some thoughts I had last night:
Little Cosette didn't act at all. Her voice wasn't that nice either. Gavroche on the other hand was channelling Robert Madge, which I see as a positive quality. Fight me. I noticed the 'Azelma' kid in Look Down this time as well. There were small interactions between all three Thenardier kids actually. When Gavroche came on Éponine nudged the girl next to her, now apparently identified as Azelma (apparently that's what John Caird said when he visited rehearsal the other day), and pointed. Gavroche nodded in their direction. Also, after the robbery when Valjean and Cosette have run off, I think it's Melanie bright was holding the little girl/Azelma back as she'd tried to run to the thenardiers whilst Javert has them on the floor.
James Gant was pretty damn awesome. Dude's got some pipes.
I didn't like Emilie Fleming as much this time acting wise. I was sitting further away from the stage than I have before, so it may just be because I couldn't really see well.
Warming up to Carrie Hope Fletcher's Éponine a bit.
The thenardiers had gotten funnier. Ugh. A bit of humour is fine but there's no need to go ott. after the Waltz of treachery Mme T went off with the money and Thenardier screamed "hand it over you selfish old cow!"
Rob Houchen's Marius seemed to be rather pissed with Éponine in look down,
Now, Michael Colbourne. When I saw him in august, he was likeable with some good moments but also a few meh ones. In December he was better but with a few slips. Last night, however, he was Pretty Damn Awesome. Strong top notes (finally), interaction with the Amis, Marius and the people was on point, and the first verse of DYTPS gave me chills. Yeah, he's not Aaron Lazar, CJac or Thacko, but he's grown into the role a lot.
The audience were laughing at child abuse again. Great (!)
Christian Edwards looked a bit odd but I couldn't figure out why until I was looking at my stagedoor pics on the way home; he was clean shaven.
As James Gant was on, Jordan Lee Davies was on as Courfeyrac. Jonny Purchase wasn't there either, so Ethan Bradshaw was Combeferre.
There was something about Celinde Schoenmaker's performance yesterday that made me tear up a bit. Best Fantine I've seen of her's.
Still don't like Adam Linstead's bishop voice.
One Day More was a wall of sound.
I missed the first few seconds because loads of people in front were still standing up.
Rob Houchen still wasn't fooled by Éponine's costume. Ditto with Valjean.
Lockyer put emphases on 'love me as well' and 'harder to die'. His face then was pretty priceless, it was sort of "for god's sake Pontmercy"
On my own was alright. Nothing too special. I like Carrie hope Fletcher's voice though.
Barricade set is still the coolest thing ever.
Gavroche was such a little shit. I loved him.
When Javert was caught, his facial expression basically read "well. Shit. Foiled by a thirteen hear old. Fuckin' perfect"
I didn't get the UST vibes from Valjean and Javert this time round.
I actually cried properly at A Little Fall of Rain yesterday. I don't think I've had full waterworks for this scene ever before. Afterwards Gav ran away and cried, as did Marius. Though Marius got a hug and some comfort from the Breakfast Club, whereas Gav was up on the barricade by himself.
Drink With Me featured the first e/R hug I've seen this cast. It was brief but it was there. I find it funny how the audience always laughs when Grantaire begins his verse as they think it's going to be funny. That's happened pretty much every time I've seen the show.
Valjean did a rather large start at hearing cosette's name. AUGH but it was so *sad*!
I think some of the audience got a bit plastered because after drink with me in the really quiet bit before bring him home some people (in the premium seats may I mention) whooped REALLY loudly and made a lot of noise.
Lockyer went a little bit flat at the end of bring him home. You can't really hear it on my audio though, and I don't blame him because that song is really hard. It's so high that I, with my squeaky little afab vocal cords, can sing it.
Gavroche died a little awkwardly, it was really obvious that he was consciously making himself fall. But other than that, tears.
I swear to god Marius and Enjolras were doing a mix of feeling each other up and trying to attack each other in the ammunition but.
Final Battle would have been a lot more epic if the sound guys hadn't cut Colbourne's mic in the middle of what could have been a really great "FREE!".
I *think* I could hear Grantaire yelling enjolras' name as the latter was shot, and Grantaire tried to pull him back over to the amis' side. In doing so he got shot himself. Man, I don't even ship that and it hurt.
Waterworks came back. Again. Gant!vert was *really* pissed he couldn't open the sewer door.
Dog eats dog was a bit...for want of a better word, camp.
Hooooollly crap Javerts Soliloquy. Nailed it.
Turning and Empty Chairs were suitably heart wrenching. Latter had me in tears. Again. That happened a lot yesterday actually.
The rest of the show went as expected, though I really let myself appreciate the harmonies in the epilogue. Ahhhhhhh.
I wanted to see to Carrie hope fletcher because I'd actually seen her the day before at a book signing in Lakeside and wanted to thank her for signing two books instead of one, but a crowd of her fans literally pushed me out the way (and into a post. Ow.) so I didn't get to. Whilst this was happening Emilie and Celinde walked straight past me. Yeah, that pissed me off a bit.
Just managed to catch Bradley Jaden and congratulated him on his promotion to Enjolras for next cast.
Got a picture with James Gant and his signature and I told him how much I enjoyed his performance. Same with Lockyer, Colbourne, Houchen and Edwards.
Managed to impress Jordan Lee Davies by pronouncing Courfeyrac with apparent ease.
Fra Fee was at the show yesterday and I saw him at stage door. I went and said hi and got a picture with him too.
Got the two thenardiers on their way out, and I saw Gavroche (whose name I don't know because I didn't check. Arrrgh) and told him 'well done'