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07/25/09 @ 03:26:50 am, Categories: General, 1015 words   English (US)

Sorry about the delay in reporting about yesterday’s events. We were too excited to just go to the hotel (okay, the truth is: we couldn’t bear the thought that Friday was over already), so we made the somewhat mad decision to go and see a late night screening of Harry Potter 6 before we had to face the inevitable: go to bed and wake up to find out it’s Saturday. (If you haven’t already seen it, go and watch the movie, it’s fab!)

Friday, 24 July 2009:

The first surprise came at 10:30 am when we walked past the Facebook group who are q-ing since Thursday and they told us only a hand full of people had turned up for the day seats this morning. There would still be some available surely. Well…you know, yes, we had booked seats (and excellent ones,too) but we couldn’t miss the chance to have another front row, could we? So yeah, as many of you will guess we dashed into the theatre and got our day seats. One last front row before it was all over. Yipee! Also it would be a different perspective, as we were placed on the non-Michael side of the stage (ideal for Leanne, Ben and Adrian though).

Our little walk through London afterwards was interrupted by a heavy shower on Trafalgar Square, but the view from the National Gallery onto the pouring rain was somewhat impressive, so it didn’t matter (apart from the fretting about having yet another wet stage door, of course).

We got there early enough to secure a space next to the door. Luckily Leanne was there really early to do some last minute sorting out of dressing rooms and party dresses. She is such a sweet girl. we chatted for a bit and after months of carrying two Hairspray posters with us we finally got round to asking her to sign them (talk about cutting it fine!).

She told us about being in Panto in December and playing a Tracy fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk in December. She will be singing Hairspray songs. She was sad that Verity would be off that day, but she’d be back for the last day.

After a while more Michael fans turned up, but surprisingly enough there weren’t too many of us. It was a fairly manageable crowd. As is usual for a Friday Michael turned up early and looked incredible in a dark blue jacket and light shirt (see photos for proof). He positioned himself in front of the door, so we all could get a good view of him. Some last minute signing and photo taking, talking about the madness of Saturday and how he plans to come to one of the windows instead of fighting his way through was was going to be a massive crowd. We agreed that this was a good plan and found out that the little balcony we had hoped he’d stand on did not actually belong to the theatre (sad, we hoped for an Evita pose).

When he looked around, asking if people wanted anything from him and saw all the familiar faces he just said “You don’t want anything signed from me, you see me all the time!” But some of us actually did. He also asked us, whether we liked his new jacket. Indeed we did. And we had already guessed it was brand new, because the plastic thingy that holds the price tag was still in place on the sleeve. When we pointed that out to him he did not go inside to cut it off, oh no. He actually bid it off there and then. Lucky plastic thingy….

The show:

We already knew Verity was off, but were sad to find out Sandra was as well. But what can you do? As long as it meant she was going to be back on Saturday we did not mind too much. Apart from a few timing issues everything went really smoothly and we enjoyed the experience of seeing a “different” show on the other side of the auditorium. Some views we will never forget (the word thigh comes to mind…..). The audience was not as lively as we’d hoped, but still very enthusiastic at the end.

Stage door:

…. afterwards was madness, again. Especially when some tall blond guy (not Michael) left the theatre and pandemonium broke loose. We stood there, completely baffled, when everyone around us erupted in hysteria. When girl even turned around and screamed “i stepped on (what’s his name) foot” Thankfully Gill and Maureen came to our rescue and explained the mystery celebrity was Louis Walsh, a judge of the TV show X-Factor and former manager of …. we think Westlife… or was it Boyzone? Gosh, sorry, we are use there.

Shortly afterwards Cathy left the theatre (looking stunning as ever) and then there he was. Gorgeous Mr. Ball on a run. The bigger the crowds and the more pushy they get, the quicker he is off. So you can imagine he was gone like a shot. Mind you, due to a mini traffic jam his car did not get very far. A van in front of him could not drive on due to the Ben fans blocking the street. it got to the point, when Michael actually opened the door of his car again and laughingly shouted “will you let us through please? I need to get home!”

We lingered at the stage door for a little bit longer to soak up as much of the atmosphere as possible. we were very surprised to find Ben was still there talking to fans and it turned out he was also doing some last minute clearing of his dressing room. We had a quick chat and he was very sweet thanking us for being around all the time and so on. we actually helped him and held open the door, when he was carrying out arm fulls of stuff (but no mirror ;), thankfully. And that was it. Our last stage door before the final day. The countdown had started.

Saturday here we come.


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