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23/07/10 @ 03:53:11 am, Categories: General, 549 words   English (UK)

Thursday Matinee:

We had seats in row N of the Gallery and while this might sound not too bad it was actually the one but last row in the Upper Circle. The Manchester Opera House has a really high ceiling and after a steep climb we could almost touch it.

It was good to see Hairspray again and from the distance we could only tell that we had a different Brenda in the typical understudy dress. Most remarkable was the interval when the safety curtain suddenly sprang to life and they actually made it a commercial break showing fully fledged advertisements. We’ve never seen that before and felt like in the cinema.

The stage door between shows was not as crowded as we anticipated. He was wearing shorts and when someone remarked about him being very quick to de-make up he commented that he does not know what women make all the fuss about. He takes it off in one swipe.

We then grabbed some food and dashed to the hotel to edit the photos for you. All too soon we were hurrying back to the theatre as usual underestimating the time photo editing takes.

Evening show:

This time we sat in row H of the Gallery so that was a real improvement in a way had it not been for the group of small very active and very bored children in front of us. What was fantastic about both performances so far was the audience reception. That’s why we always do Manchester on a tour. There was clapping and wohooohing and standing ovations, just fab.

What was really funny was that poor Liam (Link) lost one of his shoes during “The nicest kids in town". Luckily he was wearing blue socks to his blue shoes and also he just carried on dancing and singing as if nothing happened. Even when he got his shoe thrown back at him from the wings and he had to hold it in his hand for a little while he performed as if the mega heartthrob was not holding a shoe in his left hand during his big number.

We have to admit that we still miss Les Dennis, but Michael and Nigel Planner had the audience in hysterics in both shows. Mind you the group of very cool teenagers who sat behind us almost died when Edna and Wilbur kissed. And then they kissed again….

All in all everyone seemed more at ease with their parts compared to four weeks ago, but the show we have seen was exactly the same. We still miss the little bits and pieces that the cast adds to the scenes. Just little things, no adlibbings or similar. At one point in Southampton for example Link has climbed the bars of Tracy’s cell in a bit to get in to her. We loved that, but it is gone again. This is probably because the strict producers want the show to remain exactly as it was, but we cannot know that for sure.

The stage door crowd was not too large and he was able to leave rather quickly for his drink with the rest of the cast.

We will get back to you with the latest from Manchester as soon as we can. Have a nice day.

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