winter: (elisabeth - maki annoyed)
Between August 16 and September 2, I was working every day. I just had my first free weekend and, predictably, spent it sleeping off the stress.

Today, I was on the road for 12 hours, due to a meeting in another city.

Tomorrow evening, I fly to Prague. Three days' training, then Saturday-Monday for sightseeing.

I'm taking the computer, but I might not be around much. I'll be trying to rest, because the alternative is passing out with exhaustion at some point next week.

But! I managed a pathetic two responses to the crossover meme:

Buffy and Phantom )

Star Wars and Tanz der Vampire )
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: (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: (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: (emote - oro)
Phantom of the Opera season opener was on Saturday. The Phantom has clearly been working out, which means he's now of the proper Phantom shape, but leaves his trousers hanging like sacks over his legs :> The Amazing Vampire Raoul got carnations with a card with vampire fangs drawn on it, which he promptly displayed to the rest of the cast. Ooops. Should have drawn a smaller card ;)

I'm also trying very, very hard to kickstart my [livejournal.com profile] x2009 story. I hope this meme helps me get my creativity on, if I have any takers *bats eyelashes*

The Hypothetical AU Meme: Take any one of the fandoms you know I write in (or think I should), and give me a type of AU (space opera AU, pirate AU, superhero AU, Ancient Rome, etc). I will then explain what story from your chosen fandom I would write for your chosen type of AU.
winter: (emote - sword)
Despite having already seen it a few times, I'm not that fond of the Warsaw production of Phantom of the Opera. It's simply the only decent show in town at the moment, and I am fond of some of the actors. And the sets, because they're gorgeous; as [livejournal.com profile] moe_almanthea recently remarked, they're really built for a stronger cast than the one we have.

Still, this weekend I had two opportunities:

- to finally see someone other than Damian Aleksander as Phantom

- to see the final summer show, in a theatre with a long tradition of making a fine mess of final shows

Tomasz Steciuk, or what a real Phantom looks like )

Half a green show, and half a normal one - featuring vampire!Raoul )
winter: (elisabeth - maki dagger)
I went to see Phantom of the Opera again on Tuesday. What can I say? It's the only decent show in town :P Thankfully I don't have any more tickets until July 19th, and in the meantime I'll have Beauty and the Beast in Gdynia and too much Tanz and Elisabeth in Budapest. And this time around, I got to see the one Christine I had not seen yet.

Phantom of the Opera in Warsaw, take 4 - Christine the Vampire Slayer )

Let's just say I love getting packages from Japan ;)Recent acquisitions of the DVD kind: Dracula in Graz, Takarazuka Elisabeth shinjin-koen )
winter: (fandom - phantom-drown)
Apparently there was a promotional event for the Warsaw Phantom of the Opera recently. This would be the lovely Raoul, with the third Christine (the one I saw the second time).

All I ask of you )
winter: (fandom - phantom-drown)
On Wednesday, I found myself in the possession of someone else's media passes to Phantom. It would have been somewhat foolish not to go, even though it was Damian on again as Erik. Mind you, the rest of the cast was entirely different - I think only Madame Giry was the same one I saw the first time.

Huh. They got better. )

I have my next set of tickets for the 23rd. Don't know if I'll go yet, waiting for the cast to come up. Wanna 'nother Phantom.
winter: (fandom - phantom-drown)
Obligatory pre-review disclosure: I like Phantom of the Opera, a lot. I adored the small stage version put up by the Palladium Stage theatre (clips available here), and after the first two rounds of auditions for the full Roma theatre non-replica production, I was overjoyed to hear that my favourites were also the judges' favourites for Erik and Raoul. Then they were abruptly cut, due to in one case "not enough acting ability" and in the other, current engagements keeping him from attending the audition. On top of that, I heard a lot of rumours that the musical's main sponsor fancies himself a director and meddled immensely in both casting and directing.

I saw the show yesterday. Verdict: Very good show. Can someone put the first Phantom out of his misery?

Detailed review )
winter: (elisabeth - letzte tanz)
Ohdear. They'll be playing Elisabeth in Berlin from April onwards, so I kind of think I'll be there with bells on sometime in May :> Depending on the cast, I guess - my favourite would be Jan Ammann for Death and Jakub Wocial for Rudolf and second Death, but generally, I like most of the possibles. Except Haldor Laegreid.

So that'll be thrice I'll be seeing Elisabeth next year - got two sets of tickets for Budapest already. (And possible plans for... more far-off regions in the autumn, but those are nowhere near being finalised.) And Tanz der Vampire at least once, Budapest again.

Phantom of the Opera in Warsaw, I'm sorry to say, fizzled out completely. My firm favourites were cut down - one for being unable to attend an audition, fair enough, but the other for "lack of acting ability". Which he does have, on top of an operatic baritone that leaves everyone in the dust.

On the other hand, that does leave him free for Beauty and the Beast in Gdynia (also in the spring), which has the potential for being gorgeous if they finally get their act together - they're a decent theatre, but no magic to it so far. I hope it'll end up being something interesting.

And on top of it all I should probably finally drag my carcass to London for Phantom, Les Mis and anything else that happens to be on. And I still haven't seen some of my must-see people live - currently Stanley Burleson tops that list, followed closely by Pia Douwes and Ethan Freeman.

Say what you want about this hobby, you're never out of places to travel to.
winter: (fandom - phantom-drown)
Tanz der Vampire only opens on Friday, but I've attended my first show of the season yesterday. I've mentioned Jakub Wocial here before (also see: Herbert, squee, recitals, photos, squee), and since I'm a fan of the Phantom of the Opera, I had to catch his small-stage version. His "Palladium Stage" theatre is just a rented room at a community centre, but what he did with such limited means is amazing.

And I don't just mean the voice, either )

A small sample: Jakub and Sabina singing Phantom and Music of the Night
winter: (fandom - phantom-drown)
The final part of the Songs in My Head series, which comprises Singing Songs in My Head and A Cry To Heaven, and should definitely be read in order. Disclaimers in the first chapter.

There are also two optional outtakes from this series - a mood-setting drabble called Hide Your Face and a slash detour Wine and Song. Neither is necessary to understand this story, and in fact I think you can read it both the gen and slash ways with equal validity.

As usual, everything is [livejournal.com profile] fyrie's fault.



ONLY THE MUSIC

Six months later, they reach an equilibrium )
winter: (fandom - phantom-drown)
This is an outtake from the Songs in My Head series that may or not have happened in canon. Because I foolishly admitted to [livejournal.com profile] fyrie that Erik and Raoul had the hots for each other, and she went "whee! smut!". Follows Singing Songs in My Head and A Cry To Heaven, set the next night after Cry.

Wine and Song )

(First person who isn't [livejournal.com profile] fyrie to identify the cameo can request a one-page fic :>)
winter: (emote - elegantly wasted)
*flops* I wrote most of these twice, because my scratchbook file got corrupted.


For [livejournal.com profile] shineko: Pirates of the Caribbean, 100 words

Guidance )

For [livejournal.com profile] ciciaye: Angel the Series, 100 words

Vanity Varnish )


For [livejournal.com profile] elefwin: Star Wars, 130 words

Silent )



For [livejournal.com profile] fyrie: Phantom of the Opera, 114 words, same universe as Singing Songs In My Head

Hide Your Face )


For [livejournal.com profile] kyrre: Batman Begins, 125 words

Communicativa )

For [livejournal.com profile] alice_montrose: Roses for Lucifer, 160 words

Practical Applications )

Bonus question: Can someone give me an Elisabeth idea, preferably something featuring Sisi herself with a side of Death? She wants fic, I'm fresh out of bunnies.
winter: (fandom - phantom-drown)
This is a sequel to Singing Songs In Your Head. You are very much advised to read that story first, then this one. There'll be one more story in this cycle and one optional side-story, because I owed [livejournal.com profile] fyrie lots :P

*goes back to writing Elisabeth-fic*

Fandom: Phantom of the Opera
Characters: Erik, Raoul
Summary: As they battle with grief, Erik and Raoul revisit the place where the tragedy's first act took place.


A CRY TO HEAVEN

On the roof of the Opera House )
winter: (fandom - phantom-drown)
This was written for [livejournal.com profile] fyrie, and because I have a strange combination of Phantom characters in my head at the moment - Erik from the Polish small-stage production and the original London Raoul. Erik in particular is a strange bird, mostly because the actor doesn't think twice about singing Raoul songs - or hell, Christine ones - during his recitals, while in the mask. A Phantom singing Twisted Every Way made an indelible impression on me.

Warnings: Heavy angst. And Erik is even more melodramatic than certain vampires.
Rating: PG

Summary: When it's over, Erik finds a place to think, but he's not expecting visitors.


SINGING SONGS IN MY HEAD

What I once used to dream, I now dread )

Video spam

May. 7th, 2006 04:04 pm
winter: (fandom - phantom-drown)
In between the thesis thing (which is slowly gaining momentum - I might actually get 10 pages done today), I'm browsing through YouTube, mostly looking at musical stuff, but not exclusively. My list of favourites is available here, but since it's cluttered, here are a few particularly worth watching:

A kickass and very well-vidded Van Helsing vid - from a now sadly defunct site, which is a pity, because I'd love to send feedback to the vidder.

La Fête des Fous - Bruno Pelletier in the musical Notre Dame de Paris. I like the way he moves.

Dracula - Nous sommes ce que nous sommes - worth watching, if only for Bruno Pelletier's outfit and makeup. My inner Draculea just about had a heart attack.

Gerard Butler auditioning for Dracula 2000 - OMG the hair is going to EET ME!

Elizabeth the musical, Japanese trailer - such pretty costumes, and the Death in this one is going to be von Krolock :D

John Owen-Jones, The Music of the Night - hands down my favourite Phantom. He has almost the exact same voice as Lukasz Dziedzic, too.

Tanz der Vampire - Unstillbare Gier. No words, none. If only Steve hadn't killed himself.
winter: (krolock - finsternis)
Tanz der Vampire might be on hiatus, and I really need to go buy tickets for the shows in May, but that doesn't mean I'm not keeping on top of things.

The second-cast Krolock (due to whom I've already had to return two sets of tickets, since he's not who I want to see onstage!) was supposed to be now in Cats, but instead broke his leg badly while showing off for a few fans. Six weeks of having it in a cast, then physiotherapy - I'm feeling bad for him, but on the other hand, no more trying to peddle off tickets just because of argh, wrong Krolock :>

On the TdV fan forum, not only did I learn the name of the dancer who plays Krolock's shirtless dream-avatar, but also that he's commonly known as "the half-naked beefcake". Which is, you know, an accurate description. (This is also the guy who has sex on stage with both Sarah and Alfred's dream-avatars, and shares a lovely long kiss with Alfred's avatar...)

Also, Kuba Wocial finally has a proper site. And he'll be putting on the abridged Phantom Of The Opera again, and I'll be there in a flash. Also, there's a music section with samples of his voice - go listen to Music of the Night and you'll know why I want to send him flowers :D
winter: (writing)
Fandom: Phantom of the Opera (musical)/Van Helsing
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Christine Daaé, Dracula


Dedicated to: [livejournal.com profile] rackhamrose. Not quite what you asked for, but it's what Christine and Vladislaus decided they wanted to do.


WHEN I LEAVE, IT WILL BE DARKER

by Beth Winter (bwinter at extenuation.net)


Christine gets lost. Dracula goes out hunting. )

Roughly 1000 words, written in two hours, during two different lectures, while I also took notes for said lectures. Beta-ed by my parental unit <3

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