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After the Ball is over
07/25/09 @ 09:37:01 pm, Categories: General, 977 words   English (US)

We are sitting in our hotel room and it is half past 2… again. But we did not want to go to sleep without giving you some information on last nights events.

A few words of explanation for the stage door photos. When we started queuing for the stage door not 20 minutes had past before a hand full of builders arrived and they started to tear bits of the street apart. This involved considerable amount of noise, dust and smell. We could not believe it. Today of all days. Luckily the works did not take long. Also you will find photos of our police escort and we had a real police line up at the entrance of Grape Street. So we have caught a few impressions for you.

But now back to the matinee. We promised to tell you in detail about the little pranks in the show. So this is what we saw and can remember, but be aware, some of it might sound ridiculous, if you have not seen the show:

• Tracy wore pink socks with white hearts on them.
• Roll call at “Nicest kids in town”: Link ripped open his shirt and showed us his sixpack. Quite a nice view.
• Turnblad family living room: We have Michael Ball merchandise plate on the shelf, as well as a Michael Ball mug and Edna was ironing a Michael Ball pillowcase.
• “I can hear the bells”: Tracy’s final note is interrupted by a quick kiss from Link, which she clearly did not expect.
• Same scene: Edna had a little soft toy dog in her handbag. A bit like Paris Hilton come Balti-moron
• “Mama I’m a big girl now”: Tracy writes “I love Link” on her mirror with lipstick, no less.
• Same song: sprays her mum with almost the entire contents of the hairspray can and gets slapped on the bottom for it.
• “It takes two”: at the end of the song Tracy always pulled her skirt up, panting at gorgeous Link. Well this time, she actually pulled it all the way up to the waist line and revealed her black thong. She also nearly fainted when they kissed and poor Link had to drag her off stage.
• “Welcome to the 60s”: The Jelly Donuts were served on a Michael Ball merchandise plate and one of the Dynamites kissed it.
• Same song: Link entered the stage instead of one of the dancers. He had only a very vague idea of what he was doing.
• Same song: Tracy signed her autographs with a hot dog.
• Same song at the beginning: Edna wears something black under her housedress. We could not clearly see what, unfortunately.
• Dirty Boogie: well this is not easy to explain, but we will have a try: Usually Tracy and Link dance together, but this time Link found Tracy basking on one of the props (the platter display). So instead of dancing with her, he boogied with the display and had to lift her from it, in the end, both chuckling.
• Same Scene: When Lil Inez and Tracy meet they shake hands. This time Tracy simply would not let go of Inez’ hand and kept shaking.
• Doll House: Edna gropes Velma more than usual, which leads to Velma groping back
• Same Scene: Tracy steals Penny’s harmonica
• Same Scene: Edna does a far bigger money note at the end of the song – to die for.
• Timeless to me: When Wilbur closes up and the rubber chicken falls down Edna exclaims: “It’s a puppet!”. As we know by now, this was Brian Conley’s (Michael’s successor) catchphrase in his TV show.
• Same Scene: Photo of Michael on the shelf (the mouse-mat, we believe it was)
• Same Scene: When Wilbur shows the miniature version of the big hairspray can, there is a little teddy-bear inside, sporting a Michael Ball T-Shirt.
• Same Scene: Wilbur: “Shabbat Shalom” – Edna: “What?” – Wilbur: “It’s jewish for kiss me again!” – Edna “Are you sure?” Then Wilbur nods and Edna gets out some mouth spray for her and for Wilbur. Followed by a long, long kiss. Edna breaks off, panting, breathing “beautiful”
• Same Scene: When Wilbur is giggling behind her Edna comments her usual “Be Strong” and adds “It’s so nearly almost over!”
• Before “I know where I’ve been”: When Tracy remarks to Link “You could go to prison for what you did tonight!” and he hastily explains “Only for a space in the back of a cab, I swear.” Seaweed simply refused to congratulate his mate and just stands in the back with his sister, leaving Link all alone in the front of the stage, looking lost and a little bit heartbroken.
• “Hairspray”: Andrew pushes the Hairspray can on stage wearing a Michael Ball apron
• “You can’t stop the beat”: Edna wore several bits of decoration in her hair. A golden star, red fairy lights and lots more.
• Same Scene at the very end: Extremely long and intense snog between Link and Tracy, where she almost faints.

So this was all we remember at the moment and we are rather sure there was more stuff going on. Let’s just say it was hilarious and much more than we anticipated.

Afterwards the crowd on Grape Street was enormous. As promised Michael appeared at one of the windows wearing his “The Dogfather” t-shirt. He had said he would not sign anything, but could not refuse one fan and consequently ended up doing an impromptu windowsill signing session. At one point he remarked, that he wondered what happened, if he fell out of the window right now, as he was fairly high up. This did not seem to bother the crowd standing underneath, as they kept handing programms to one of the security guys to hand over to Michael.

Time for Bedfordshire. Enjoy the photos. And we will speak tomorrow.

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