23623 wrote:I hate hate HATE the "bottle penis" thing.
Lol, then you'll probably hate Adam Linstead, his bottle penis is practically a propellor.
Now I can never look at propellers without thinking about...something else.
Ok now I remember I still haven't posted the second half of that audio review. It's been sitting in my phone for so long that I sort of forget what I wanted to say when editing the notes...but anyway, here it is!
Hehe, I was curious what's the deal with Hollie since everyone's complaining about her OMO. I agree that she wasn't really impressive. Her OMO was...mediocre at best. She sounded like she was bored all the time.
I felt like her Éponine lacked distinctive personality. She wasn't bad obviously but she wasn't among my favorites either. Can't say I wasn't biased against her though - my favorite English-speaking Éponine is Carrie so I'm always looking for something akin to her portrayal.
My inner M/E fangirl was looking forward to the scene but ended up a little (scratch that) thoroughly disappointed. First, I was trying really hard to feel for Éponine but with the uptempo I really couldn't. Second, the emotionless Marius was totally not helping. Hollie was doing ok but this Marius...? His best friend was dying in his arms but he sounded so cold, so not comforting!
Even Chris' "she is the first to fall..." conveyed more feelings than he did with the entire song. I did read about some Mariuses who aren't overly devastated by Éponine's death, though. So maybe it's just because I'm...shipping M/E a bit too hard?
*sigh* Why can't ANY of my favorite Valjeans sing BHH well? In fact I had been thinking about that for a long time. The explanation I came up with is that this song was written specially for Colm and maybe for some actors it's really not their style, lol.
The first lines went well enough. I was actually inclined to believe that Simon Gleeson had improved since Oz Mis. But when he got to "he's like the son I might have known" he suddenly sang TWICE LOUDER and I visibly flinched (I was on a very crowded train when I did that, which was kind of embarrassing). He kept switching between really low, gentle voice and really loud, angry voice like that throughout the song, and the transition (if there was any at all) didn't sound natural. I felt like he wasn't praying to God; he was effectively commanding God.
One thing I noticed is that Simon Gleeson was calmer than most of Valjeans in this scene. He actually sang his lines, instead of talk-singing/shouting which many Valjeans go with. On the other hand, Hayden was his usual angry self. And the scene turned out rather adorable: Valjean being the Voice Of Reason and Javert totally losing his mind.
I liked it more than having both guys growling and fighting through the scene.
Other random thoughts:
Two lines that made me lol: "let's give them a SCREWING they'll never forget" and "driiiiiiink with me" (from Grantaire). Well, I just never fail to find random funny things in this not funny show.
I didn't realize at all how little stage time Cosette had until now. She isn't on stage until an hour into the first act. And at one point in the second act I sort of missed Charlotte Kennedy (I don't know why - I didn't even like her), and, realizing that she wouldn't be here until Every Day, suddenly wanted the whole barricade scene to be over as soon as possible.
Couldn't tell how Hayden Tee was in Suicide (skipped it) but he sounded less angry in general, compared to whatever he was doing in Act 1.
Chris is really a good Enjolras. Wish there was a video of him.
Good cast in general. Like Act 1 better than Act 2.
One thing about Jeremy: I heard that sometimes he actually cried during Suicide? Did anyone of you see that on stage? Don't know if it's just me but seriously seeing people cry on stage does cruel things to my heart every time. I can't bring myself to hate anyone who has done that, even if their acting and/or singing is crap in general.