When: August 18th, 2004
Today was my 13th time seeing Phantom,
and I saw Phantom's 6900th show. It was BETTER than last week. Maybe because I was sitting in the front row.
just so enchanted; my mouth had to be hanging open during all of Act I. The best is feeling the wind when the actors walk
So Julie was amazing yet again. I don't
think she can have a bad day. It was really intense; with her Christine the emotions are right out there on her sleeve. Happy
to sad; to scared to extremely strong. It's that versatility which really gives a stand out performance. Vocally stunning,
I had chills running up and down my spine during TOM and Wishing.
When Christine faints HP had this strange
look like oops. JH hit the ground really hard I heard it. At one point during MOTN I started to day dream. I was thinking
about how velvety and soft the fabric was to Christine's nightgown/ negligee and how it must be like to put it on. Must be
very comfy to run around in.
I had a nice side view of Julie playing
chicken with the chandelier this time. It was maybe 3 feet away when she moved. I really don't think there is anyway you can
get hit by the chandelier and if it did, it wouldn't hurt too much.
Skipping to Masquerade; Another one
of my favorite scenes, I love the costumes in that scene. The monkey girl was very close to me. Kinda creeps me out a bit.
This is definitely the scene where there is a lot of audience interaction and eye contact. When Red Death comes and Christine
is just standing there staring, I kept saying to myself hello ditzy. Not that she was but Raoul (JC) had to physically move
her. Oh she was entranced, but it was funny.
Twisted everyway, Julie Schmidt said
"she's mad" very nonchalant which made the line extremely funny. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Just during the panic I
love to Carlotta and Piangi like corner Christine then just turn away. Once again JH's Christine really gets angry. LOVE IT!
Possibly one of the best moments for the character. Raoul really didn't scare me too much during the last part.
Wishing; JH totally blew me away. I
had such chills in the last two verses. Christine was oh so innocent playing with the red scarf. Tear Jerker moment.
Child, I thought to myself how creepy would that situation be in 'real life'. Okay random guy following you all the way to
a cemetery, heard you singing and getting upset, pops out from behind a cross, suddenly the gates to your father's coffin
open, and fire? And still you walk towards the open gates. I'm wondering what does one do after that? I guess you could go
into the coffin? Or get locked in the little gate area? It was just strange. Watch as I overanalyze the situation. I think
JH may have over powered Hugh during this part.
PONR was sexy. Yes everyone pity the
apple. You could cut the passion with a knife. Though you could clearly hear the difference between Piangi and the Phantom,
still it's nice to pretend. And what looks like touching from far away is really touching except from at least 3 inches. Ah
stage craft, gotta love it. I love the way both Julie and Hugh add the seducement to the song, yes I will say no more.
Lair, Hugh was absolutely great. He was angry but not really. I'm going to get all phantom loverish and said he was afraid
of losing Christine. It was rather interesting to watch his facial expressions. I think I mentioned last week that Julie had
Christine go from scared to pissed/protective/I-am-woman-hear-me-roar in a matter of seconds. I loved how she got all up in
his face not once but twice.
Um after I had bolted to the stage
door, got attacked by Ave. Q fans, only to find out there was rehearsal so no one was coming out. Dancer, Daniel Rychlec helped
me deliver a card to Julie Hanson. Yay!