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Seamus in Evita
I've just got back fromm watching the touring production of Evita in Woking, which was absolutely fantastic - and was starring Seamus!  Somehow this was a complete surprise to me...I knew that Seamus was going to be starring in a production of Evita but for some reason my brain didn't make the connection at all until we were arriving at the theatre and I saw a poster much like this one and thought 'hmm, I recognise that name. ...and that face... OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD',

 He was really good anyway.  The beginning seemed a little dodgy - maybe because he'd decided play the role as a cynic making fun of proceedings which I wasn't expecting, and I also felt like he was overacting  a bit...but that could easily be because we were RIGHT AT THE FRONT YAY and he was trying to give gestures and expressions that would still be clearly visible from the back.  As the show went on he really seemed to settle into things though, and he really commanded the stage.  I could hardly stop watching him, although that may be because he's cute as well.  Though surprisingly short (I assume that this is the case, and not that the rest of the male cast were unnaturally tall).  I can't help thinking that is must be a pain to have to be on stage pretty much the entire time, every night, watching, reacting to and commenting on proceedings even at points when you're not meant to be the centre of attention but he definitely seemed really in character. 

As for Louise Dearman playing Evita, she was absolutely amazing - beautiful beautiful voice.  I almost cried during her death scene.  If you're in England and have the chance to go see it I'd definitely recommend it anyway - my mum's seen the show three or four times now, including when Che was being played by David Essex, and she reckons this was the best one.  And I'm on a musical high right now :)
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phoebesmum From: phoebesmum Date: July 9th, 2008 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad he's got something! I liked him - he wasn't one to take any BS. Of course, that didn't make him popular with the jury or the voters, so ...

I think all of the boys must've been short, with only Lewis, who looked tall on the TV, being average height. I harassed Lee Mead in the street once, and stopped at the stage door for Daniel Boys, and neither of them was much taller than I am - I'm 5' 3". No more than 5' 5" or 5' 6" I'd guess.

Glad you enjoyed it, too!
lady_brightside From: lady_brightside Date: July 9th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, Evita was short too, but there's still nowhere near as much of a height difference between them as that poster implies!
kiss_me_quick From: kiss_me_quick Date: July 9th, 2008 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)
maybe because he'd decided play the role as a cynic making fun of proceedings which I wasn't expecting

Erm, isn't that usually how the role's played?
lady_brightside From: lady_brightside Date: July 9th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I wrote that really badly. What I meant is that he's actively laughing at them, absolutely revelling in it a lot of the time. Imagine Puck in a beret, and you're pretty much there. The first time Che turned to the audience with a massive grin on his face, I was kinda taken aback. But now I think I really like it.
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