13th April 2016, Evening
Luke Mccall (Valjean Debut), Jeremy Secomb (Javert), Patrice Tipoki (Fantine), Adam Pearce (Thenardier), Tamsin Dowsett (Mme Thenardier), Eva Noblezada (Eponine), Zoe Doano (Cosette), Craig Mather (Marius), Bradley Jaden (Enjolras), Jo Parsons (Factory Foreman, then continued in his usual Grantaire track), Jordan Lee Davis (Bamatabois), there were many swings and I wish I could tell you who, but they don’t keep their cast board up to date unfortunately.
Luke started off really strong, his prologue was probably his best moment vocally (also yay for Jesus hair!) Some of the high notes in soliloquy were a bit rough, but he styled it out with some shorter notes and dramatic shouts, he pulled it off and made it work for him. It was the same for the end of Who Am I, but he was okay after then. The Confrontation punch was a bit timid, they seemed to be almost all the way over into the wings, and Jeremy landed off (he usually ends up on his back over stage left, but he was on his front with a leg up swenson style stage right) and then the revolve was a few seconds late in moving so he was still lying on the floor during the first bars of Castle on a Cloud, but Luke made up for it by shoving Javert really hard in Valjean’s revenge so Javert skidded really far across the floor and his cravat nearly came off. At the end of Waltz of Treachery Cosette’s bonnet wouldn’t stay on so that’s the reason for the audience laughter there. He fluffed several lines in Valjean’s confession and there was an awkward bit where they sang over each other and then there was silence. He sounds very young and he looked very young, but his voice is very pretty especially his mid-range and lighter high notes. He suits Enjolras much better, but he carried well and I enjoyed watching him. Tamsin delivers as Mme Thenardier, no complaints here, and Adam as Thenardier had some funny adlibs and also does the threatening side that I really wish Phil Daniels would play up. Eva’s acting is fab and her voice is absolutely gorgeous, but I wish she’d add a bit more…idk, grit? Rawness? It’s early in her run so I’m sure she’ll grow, but she sounds almost like Cosette. Speaking of, Zoe’s last AHFOL note was absolutely beautiful. Jeremy continues to be the most talented human on that stage, his Stars always gets a crazy reaction and he deserves it, his voice is SO powerful and his acting is wild and I say this all the time about him so I’ll wrap this up here. Please don’t copy paste this text onto your trading site, listen yourself and make your own notes or paraphrase at the least.
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