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I got back from my trip late last night, and had to get up early to go to work (the less said about that, the better). Consequently, I'm pooped...but at least I've had a terrific time in London this weekend.

I got into Luton to find things had all changed on the railways, and I could now get into London quicker and cheaper from there than before, which put me in a very good mood. I spent an hour or so window-shopping in Oxford St, received a promotional goodie bag from a newly opened Scandinavian glassware shop in Regent St that contained -among other things- a very nicely bound notebook, and met up with anonypooh outside the B&B in King's Cross where she'd booked us a cosy little or in estate agent's speak bijou room and en-suite at a mere £30 a night -- not bad for Central London, I'm sure you'll agree! We dropped off our stuff and had a cuppa; then went over to miss_fairfax's flat in St. John's Wood for more tea and pre-performance squee. We went back into town towards the end of the afternoon, to meet tori_x for an early supper at The Chinese Experience in Shaftesbury Avenue. Both the Mongolian Crispy Lamb and the Stir Fried Prawns with Cashew Nuts that I had were to die for; and the prices were altogether reasonable.

And then it was time to go and see Lee Mead in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi. The guy at the merch kiosk was really sweet and did Julia a deal: he swapped the boring £3 poster she'd resigned herself to buying for the glossy Lee-in-swirly-coat one that normally only comes included in the £10 programme & brochure package.

The theatre was completely sold out. We were in stalles, at the very back, but with a good view of the stage nonetheless. Which was tiny, but then, the Adelphi isn't the biggest of venues. And when Lee made his entrance, everybody sat up...which unfortunately took away from my view a little. But as I was sitting in an aisle seat, all I had to do was lean out a bit more. I'm not sure how the others fared.

It has been reported in the media that Lee is quite shy in real life, and perhaps this accounts for his tendency to look at the floor for long moments in the performance. But he also has a presence, an enthusiasm, a gusto when he's on stage singing, he has a really good voice, and as miss_fairfax remarked, he has really good legs, too; so it's easy to forgive him this little quirk.

I enjoyed the show tremendously. Lee and the rest of the cast were on fine form, and I loved the stage setting, the costumes (esp. that of Potiphar's evil wife) and the props. It all ended much too soon, but the standing ovation they received at the end was well-deserved.

We went round the back to the stage door, surprised at the fact that we were practically the only ones, only to be told by theatre staff that Lee would come out for a signing at the front. We got back there and joined the crowd at the back. Again someone came out to tell us Lee would be 5 minutes, and that in addition to signing autographs for those who had thought to bring items for his signature, he would also hand out a stack of signed photos for those that hadn't. In the end, I managed to get hold of one, but someone else who obviously wanted it more yanked it out of my hand. A group of five young American tourists looked on in amazement.


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see those curls? that's Lee, that is


After he'd gone back inside, the crowd dispersed pretty rapidly, while we went back to hang around the stage door, where we spotted various cast members leaving. Some were even stopped to sign autographs by a few of the die-hard fans that had assembled there. Eventually, one of the security staff came out to tell us that if Lee hadn't left already, and he might have done as the place apparently has 19 exits, he would probably stay till very late; but if a signed photo was what we were after, he could go and get us some. And he did.

Which left us free to go and have cake in Leicester Square's Rendezvous. ;-)

(tbc)

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anonypooh
Jan. 7th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
well done!! I'm going to have to postpone until tomorrow methinks ... ;)

wheee curls!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awwwwww kyoot.
gamiila
Jan. 7th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
I thought I had such a clear shot of him...then he went and moved his hand at the worst possible moment!
__kali__
Jan. 7th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had lots of fun!
gamiila
Jan. 7th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
A lot more than I've written up here!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 8th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
swooon:)
I recently saw a catch-up show with him ,in the run up to the premiere of the Musical and I hope i will be able to cram it in when i go to London this year.
I have a bit of a very big,very soft spot for good looking boys with dark curls who can sing :) :) so i can kill two birds with one stone,virtually speaking of course!

sylv
gamiila
Jan. 8th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: swooon:)
You were thinking of going in September, weren't you? In that case, the show should still be on, as they're taking bookings up to October 18th now. We had to book ours 6 months in advance, but that was right after Lee had won the competition and the show hadn't been extended yet.

And he really is very cute ;-)
vegmb
Jan. 8th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you had a good time this weekend!
gamiila
Jan. 8th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I did. Sometimes you just need a little break like that.
tori_x
Jan. 9th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
It has been reported in the media that Lee is quite shy in real life, and perhaps this accounts for his tendency to look at the floor for long moments in the performance.

You guys were saying this but I don't really agree the only time I noticed him looking at the floor was through most of Close Every Door To Me (1st time) but how do we know that was him or the directors instructions. I never noticed him doing it any other time.
gamiila
Jan. 9th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Sure, it might have been stage direction. It doesn't matter though -- he was still cute. And perfect for the part.
tori_x
Jan. 10th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yip perfect. The best man definetly won!!!
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