Olivia_y wrote:Shaq Taylor: he's definitely channelling Jeremy's Javert - from the way he sings '...and so it must be!' to the way he does the 'fall' from the bridge, it's all very Jeremy. They don't look or sound alike but the mannerisms are very similar. Although Shaq moves a lot faster than Jeremy (probably on account of being a lot younger lol) so it was the most 'physical' Confrontation I've ever seen - I was genuinely concerned he might actually hit Killian.
I'm gutted I'm probably not going to be able to see Shaq as Javert, I really like his voice. Fingers crossed I'm lucky if and when I next go.
I went last Friday, and I have more Thoughts.
Thankfully, a working barricade again. Apparently they'd had tech issues earlier in the week; my piano pupil and her dad went for the Wednesday matinée and apparently they had to stop the show during Paris because the towers weren't working. I'm a bizarre mix of hypercritical and easily amused when it comes to Les Mis, but there really wasn't a lot I could fault.
Hayden Tee was actually a lot better for me than in April, and when he wasn't snapping and growling (i.e actually *singing* his lines), he wasn't half bad. Less smugness too, thank god. His Stars was the best I've heard, live or on recording, and he's got a big voice in there. I just wish he wouldn't snap so much.
Got Karis Jack as Éponine this time, and I like her! Her voice took me a while to warm too, but I liked her acting. She was very stubborn and snappy, but not unlikeable, and thank god, she actually looked like she cared about Marius. She was incredibly sweet at stagedoor too.
Paul Wilkins gets more and more likeable the more I see him. His voice is still...odd, its timbre sounds a bit flat. Empty Chairs was very nicely sung, though, especially "became their last communion". Nice big note there!
Charlotte Kennedy seemed more interested in her role this time around, though she still sings on consonants arrrRRRGGHHH! That's the first thing my singing teacher tells me *not* to do, espeically when dealing with the higher vocal registers. Maybe that's just me having a pet peeve, though.
Ok, I really am liking Hyoie O'Grady as Enjolras. He's got a good set of cords in there, and he doesn't come across as too snarly or shouty. He had these really nice moments of quiet inbetween the more action packed scenes, and he sang the Bb on "Free!" in Final Battle. That's something that will instantly endear me to an Enjolras. I'd perhaps even go so far as to say he's actually on par with Mark Uhre in terms of my favourite Enjolrati.
The Thenardiers were less annoyingly crap this time...though I really wish someone would just stop Steven Meo from adlibbing during the Wedding, and for heaven's sake man, drop the french accent. It sounds so craaaaap.
And Killian continues to be a solid Valjean. Shook my hand at stage door, that was cool.
Oh, and Gavroche! What a cute little badass this kid was!