winter: (yuletide)
Look! I managed four stories this year, though all are short, and written in a haze of sleep-deprived exhaustion. Theme of the year: AAAAAANGST.

Dance of Mirrors: Rudolf, Elisabeth, Death

For [livejournal.com profile] hawkwolf who was my Santa before and requested focus on Rudolf and Elisabeth's relationship. This is very much musical-based, with less reference to how broken Rudolf was in real life. Their last Christmas, a last talk, a last decision. (Gen, mental illness themes.)

God and Chance: Les Miserables AU

The challenge was, more or less, "Fantine survives and marries Valjean". I managed to turn it into feminist angstfest deluxe, based mostly on the 25th Anniversary cast.

Radgeber für Verliebte: Tanz der Vampire

Again an irresistable (somewhat crack) prompt - Herbert pursuing Alfred with chivalrous rather than predatory tactics <3

At the Flip of a Coin - Downton Abbey AU for 2x08

I love the characters of Downton Abbey. I do not love the plot. This is a (short) attempt to make it more interesting, for [livejournal.com profile] fyrie who as usual shares my opinions ^.^
winter: (Rising Stars - Fear of Fire)
Calling out to London and UK people - in the eventuality that one can be in London on Thursday-Saturday this week, how does one get (cheap) tickets to something like Phantom, Les Miserables, Priscilla, possibly Wicked?

(Also, anyone want to meet up? Evenings should be free-ish.)
winter: (emote - bitch)
Alive, more than before (turns out magnesium supplements do work).

Yesterday, I went to the "Best of Roma Theatre" concert, which was supposed to feature the best bits of the musicals they've done over the last twelve years. In order:
  • Crazy for You - So you're tapdancing with Rockettes. Good for you. I've seen it done with actual sex appeal. By a girl.

  • Peter Pan - Okay, actual cool operetta-based song for Captain Hook... and the only one they're doing from this musical after three Crazy for You songs ~.~

  • Miss Saigon - *yawn* Stop trying to sing like you sang (badly) ten years ago. I've heard you as Phantom, you're actually good!

  • Grease - Um. Yes. Stop trying to LOOK like you looked ten years ago. Sandy should not have wrinkles. And Kennicky may be 35, but he looks 45 and that is rather disturbing.

  • Cats - Oh, I like the Jellicle Song... except I don't like it when the "High C" part is cut because of a mic going off. And um. Misto? You're supposed to jump high. You only remembered that in the last sequence.

  • Akademia Pana Kleksa - okay, kids are always adorable, so no complaints. And look! I told you you could sing, and you can be my evil hairdresser anytime ♥ Except get a better android, because this one can't do rock'n'roll any better than he could do tapdancing with Rockettes. Both require charisma, sorry, dear...

  • Tanz der Vampire - *wild sobbing because WHY DID THEY CLOSE THIS SHOW???* *momentary RAR on which more later* *more wild sobbing with giggles, because our Ewigkeit costumes are still beautiful and best ever*

  • Phantom of the Opera - see, I told you, GOOD Phantom. Now if only you'd sung like that since the show opened...

  • Les Miserables - sorry, all Mizzed out.

  • Aladdin Jr - boy can sing. Girl screeches. NEXT!~

  • Ooops. That's the end?


In conclusion, not the best spent money, except for a few high points. But one thing... I'm still raging.

Imagine this: Totale Finsternis, with von Krolock on the staircase, slowly turning. Sarah's fallen quiet, and it's time for his solo, the best part of the whole song. Sich verlieren heisst sich befreien - du wirst dich in mir erkennen - was du ertraumst wird Wahrheit sein - Nichts und niemand kann uns trennen. Between the void and the brilliance falls the darkness...

...and he forgot the words.

My hissy-fit was epic, I can tell you that much. He was the understudy in the show! He's done it like fifty times! He's done this concert quite a lot, too, and of all the places to forget the words - the one place where he's suppsed to shine - PEOPLE.

(Finally, this recipe for vanilla scones is fantastic.)
winter: (herbert - friendly)
I'm still in studying hell (fingers crossed on Saturday, please!) but concert schedules have their own rhythm. I don't remember that much from the one on Monday, but that is mostly because I was fading with blood pressure swings. I hope they didn't think I was asleep ~.~ I did notice that Jakub had new photos in the background slideshow - including ones from the Oberhausen concert where they let him open the second act as Phantom. I just about fell over when I saw that part!

(It did feature the one and only Wenn Liebe in Dir Ist as a Sarah-Herbert duet, because our second Alfred skipped out at the last moment and Sarah was in the audience anyway.)

Other people's clips:

One Song Glory - I do like the take on the song.

Till I Hear You Sing Once More - ...yes, you're one of my favourite Phantoms, stop making me interested in Paint Never Dries!

And that goes double for you, dear girl.

I Dreamed a Dream - EDYTA ♥

A Heart Full of Love - driving home the point that he should have been in Les Mis.

And the greatest surprise: the ushers/stagehands, a pair of complete newcomers, looking both all of 16, and bringing the house down with Boote in der Nacht. Go kids!
winter: (Star Wars - droid ninja)
http://vimeo.com/user6151504/videos <- a high school musical of Star Wars: A New Hope. This is rather awesome, even if Vader could use a better mic. Part 3 of Act 1 is the best :D
winter: (androgyne - prettyboy)
I never imagined I could see a Rocky Horror production this kickass in my hometown XD

That is all, because I'm grinning far too much. (Except for the fact that our ex-Black Vampire is EVIL and oh, I love him for it <3)
winter: (yuletide)
I got through the entire 2010 full-length archive in one big burst yesterday, so here are some favourites in alphabetical order by fandom :) Expect more when madness goes live!

Fandoms: Carmilla, Castle, Coldfire, Elisabeth, Historian, Mentalist, Rose of Versailles, Scarlet Pimpernel, V for Vendetta, Vorkosigan )

Les Mis PL

Sep. 26th, 2010 09:06 pm
winter: (krolock - gott ist tot)
So. Let's say, hypothetically, that your absolute favourite got a first major role in a theatre in this city in four years. And let's say that this role is Javert in Les Miserables.

I am convinced that they added a dishevelled, grey-haired, Krolock-like Javert prowling the barricade and checking the faces of the corpses just for me.

(Good show. Fantastic show. Or the bits I can remember, because I kind of died after Stars and then again after the suicide. That, or I fainted from hyperventilating so much.)
winter: (fandom - phantom-drown)
Today was the last show in Warsaw for Phantom of the Opera. While our production's not my favourite, I did attend a dozen times over the 2+ years, and I wasn't going to miss the derniere.

It opened with the theatre director onstage to announce that he's about to leave the theatre, go have a stiff drink and try not to think about the glorious Roma theatre tradition of having the last show of a play be complete and utter madness. This is the first time I've heard it actually warned for, though I've attended a bunny-filled Tanz der Vampire with vampire!Kim-from-Miss-Saigon, and a Cats with KitKats all over the place and Old Deuteronomy in diapers.

And there was madness with bells on )

The scary thing is - the above is maybe half the gags in this show. Theatre <3 Troupe <3 You'd better be bloody brilliant at Les Miserables, is all I'm saying.
winter: (rebel - holy sinner)
So. Edinburgh Les Mis.

Set broke down. Projections were fantastic, they moved through the sewers! And the director, cast, or both, ship Enjolras/Grantaire. Lots. Including in Beggars at the Feast, where they were servants in the background stealing the whole scene, and stealing scenes from this particular set of Threnadiers was hard indeed.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] fyrie's cheerleading, I got autographs from Threnadier, Grantaire (Enjolras walked out talking on his mobile, but gave us a wide grin), Eponine and Jean Valjean. So, yes. Good few minutes chatting to John Owen Jones, who is a lovely person with a voice that can blow the roof off.

Full review later. Once I actually remember the details. Good show. Dear heavens, good show.
winter: (takarazuka - saryan ojisan)
So, on Saturday I have Ryanair tickets that were supposed to take me to Edinburgh to see a certain bearded Welshman in a certain adaptation of a Victor Hugo novel. I also have a mini-coach trip booked to Skye while I'm there, and generally a week of entertainment all planned. (Oh, and picking up my Maki Ichiro Sayonara Book of Doom). Right now Monday flights are decidedly cancelled - and everything else is up in the air because the bloody volcano is still spewing out dust. I am very, very annoyed.

(On the other hand, according to his Twitter, said bearded Welshman is currently stuck in Egypt... lose/lose?)
winter: (krolock - muahahaha)
*falls over* NOT another Phantom-like disaster after all.

Yep, cast for Warsaw Les Mis is up.

Valjean - first place to guy I saw as Quasimodo in Notre Dame, who is lovely. Damian as Valjean II, but I can live with that as long as he's not first place. (I repeat - lovely guy, not a dramatic lead.) Third Valjean to ex-second Krolock, who's been working on his voice a lot since then.

Javert - see icon. I cannot express how delirious I am about this guy being back in Warsaw, in THIS role. (Our Koukol is second Javert and oh, he's lovely and he's going to be brilliant.)

Fantine - third Christine and girl who was Esmeralda. Brilliant. My favourite ex-Magda as second Fantine, also good.

Eponine - haven't seen the first girl in anything, but Malwina will be second ♥

Cosette - first Christine. I'm a fan. Second Christine is second Cosette

Marius and Enjolras - first Raoul, plus pop singer I like, and our Black Vampire up for second Enjolras while second Alfred is second Marius (I adore both of those to pieces)

Threnadier - second Phantom, who is a brilliant, brilliant character actor. Second cast is our second Abronsius who ended up doing most shows.

I may need ticket money ;)
winter: (krolock - muahahaha)
Finally - video from Tanz der Vampire, Oberhausen

And a certain Jan Ammann almost landing in the orchestra pit again, natch ♥ Not to mention that the last cloak swirl is very familiar. Git's been teaching him ;)
winter: (krolock - muahahaha)
I can haz DVD.

I can haz the DVD I've wanted since October 22, 2006.

And yes, the sets were budget, the voices rock and not musical (except for HIM and GIT, because there are shivers, and not only from the Swirliest of Cloaks), the tensions running high.

But Sarah and Alfred were in love, rockstar love with sparkles on, the Jewish prayers were real prayers, and the cloaks Swirled. Dear gods, they swirled.

I have the DVD, and I can have this any. Time. I. Want.

(New dream DVD: same show, Crack Edition.)

It's no secret I love HIS voice to utter distraction, and the way he moves and dances and works that Cloak, but I also forgot how good a Sarah she was, rockstar and innocent and for once, seventeen for real. Here, have a promo clip ♥
winter: (herbert - friendly)
Git in my icon = still a git. Still making me cry with Gethsemane. Still the Best Herbert And Phantom Ever.

[livejournal.com profile] dunkle_feuer, [livejournal.com profile] slashydutchie - he had Phantom photos from the Benefiz-Gala in his slideshow while he sang Phantom :D Of course, that came after the slideshow of baby photos during I am what I am, so I may have been slightly horizontal.

And there may be mp3 spam at some point, because his Bring Him Home defies gravity, and his The Song That Goes Like This keeps getting better and better.

It's now been a round four years (and three days) since the first time I was at a concert of his, barely knowing the name of this scraggly eighteen-year-old boy who got a part that should be a bit part and stole the show. Within the next four years, I fully expect to be in a West End theatre listening to him do at least Raoul, and quite probably understudy Phantom.
winter: (Default)
Thank you everyone for the kind comments on my last post. Mourning is never easy, but we're managing. I'm afraid I'm not yet at the stage when I can answer them without crying.

It helps that there's still Lestat, the kindest, most golden-hearted feline vampire ever to walk the earth. He follows us around the flat, cuddles up with me at night, and each time we mention Tonio's name he looks around in frightened puzzlement. "Where is he? When is he coming back?"

(And there are other things. [livejournal.com profile] fyrie sent an amazing Elisabeth gift. I had tickets, bought back in September, for a Disney concert with certain someones, and yesterday I both teared up at the wonderful orchestrations - Disney tugs on heart-strings like no other - and melted a little at having Krolock, in full Krolock mode if not in the costume, sing If I can't love her with thunder and lightning and swirling an invisible cloak. Tomorrow, I'm going to be seeing our Herbert sing Spamalot duets at himself. It all helps.)

We'll be going to the seaside for Christmas after all, leaving on Tuesday evening so that we can bury my darling at the lakeside cottage on Wednesday. I'll be back on Sunday evening, but since the grandparents have a net connection, I won't be fully absent.
winter: (emote - give me coffee)
After five days of twice-daily IVs, my dearest Tonio's results are much improved. And so is he - annoyed about the cannula, surely, but shiny and happy and jumping and eating ♥ His vet says it's going very well, and while there will be twice daily IVs for another week, I'd do them for months if it meant I can keep his furry self this happy. I know it's a serious, lifetime condition, but one day, one week at a time - he's only six years old :)

(And I think I owe Tomomin a four-page letter full of "OMG your fanclub mail saved my sanity", only then she'll think I'm really insane...)

In other news, here's the Phantom and Rock Phantom on Youtube - sound only, but you can see why I was so happy with my Phantom, the first Phantom I ever saw live, mesmerising 1300 people with a single note :D
winter: (herbert - friendly)
After three days of Roman angelic overload, I'm finally up to a review of Tuesday's gala.

To get bad things out of the way first: the concert was advertised with posters and annoucements featuring only Jan Ammann and Kevin Tarte, leading me to assume that they'd feature in at least half the concert. Instead, in a three-hour concert Kevin got one solo, Jan two, and there were two duets between the two of them, out of thirty-seven songs. I think that if the poster for a concert features only two stars, one can reasonably expect them to take up more than 13.5% of its duration. (One can also expect, say, drama musicals rather than crossdressing and Disney. One can be wrong.)

But there was still crack. And Jakub! My favourite Herbert and Phantom is all grown up and playing to audiences of thousands! )

Audio bonus


And to save you from the wall of text up there:

Jan Ammann - Nature Boy

Jan Ammann and Kevin Tarte - Stars (demonic version)

Jakub Wocial, Jan Ammann - Phantom / Rockstar Phantom

Kevin Tarte and Jan Ammann - The Winner Takes It All

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