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Tales from Vacation Part 2 - Ewan McGregor in "Guys and Dolls" - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
June 22nd, 2005
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Tales from Vacation Part 2 - Ewan McGregor in "Guys and Dolls"
Squee! The reason I went to Great Britain when I did was to join my mootmates in seeing Ewan McGregor in "Guys and Dolls". Yes - THE Ewan McGregor. Which ended up being quite in keeping with the Scottish theme of my vacation, of course. *G* My mootmates were Jules (theatre-girl extraordinaire, who obtained our tickets for us), Lorna, and Kam - on her way home from her semester in Edinburgh.

Our hotel was in Picadilly Circus, literally across the road from the theatre:



We saw the Saturday matinee. I'd seen bits and pieces of the movie version of the musical, and knew some of the songs, but that was about it. To be honest, I thought it would be a bit of a dry chestnut - one of those musical revivals that are interesting more for historical reasons than for reasons of entertainment, with acting that comes across as "acting". But this production really made the musical come alive! It takes place during the era of dapper suits, hats, and great old gangster accents. The acting was excellent, all the way from Ewan as Sky Masterson to Nathan Detroit, to the two "dolls", and Nathan's sidekicks. Everybody fit their roles perfectly and really shone - dancing and singing included. I loved the dancing - very kinetic, very cool, very stylish, and, in the Cuban scene, verrrrry sexxxxxeh! Whew!!!!! *G* And, back to Ewan: I thought that old, overdone song "Luck Be a Lady" would be something I'd have to grit my teeth through. Instead, it was a revelation; I really believed him as he sang it. Yet, he didn't take anything away from the other actors; it was all a true ensemble production, not a star vehicle. Huzzah for the very talented and very sexy Ewan McGregor!!!

Now, you're not allowed to take photos of the production, but I thought it might be okay to snap a few of the curtain call, without flash. So - here you go! The odd outfits of "Sky" and his "doll" are Salvation Army outfits. Long story. *G*

Mootmates - please add any comments you might have!









ETA: Some pics from the stage door after the musical (remember, this was a day matinee). Neither of the two best-known actors were there - Ewan didn't come out until after that night's show (Kam got to see him!), because his family came by to visit (awwww...), nor did Jane Krakowsky(from "Sex in the City"), but the actress who played Ewan's love interest did come out (reminds me of Gillian Anderson), as did the actor who played Nathan Detroit, and his two sidekicks. Photos below -







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From:onecheekyhobbit
Date:June 23rd, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
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*ADORES*

THANK YOU ROS!
THANK YOU!!!

This is great, I'm saving them all!@
K
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 23rd, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
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I'm about to add some more - the ones at the stage door!
From:honeyfitz
Date:June 23rd, 2005 05:41 am (UTC)
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Ah, glad you got to meet Cory English and Nicely-Nicely (can't remember his name) - my favourites! Good quality pictures - hopefully I'll be down again before my summer holiday so I can meet Ewan and those two guys.

Wasn't it just fabulous?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 23rd, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
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It was!!! And Nicely-Nicely was just amazing in "Sit Down"! I think that the Cuban piece, "Luck be a Lady", and "Sit Down" were my favorite pieces, singing and dance-wise.
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From:lilithlotr
Date:June 23rd, 2005 05:42 am (UTC)
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Where did you stay in Piccadilly? I always stay at the Regent Palace. I might yet see Ewan if I go over for the Hooligans premiere
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 23rd, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
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Yep! Although we didn't get a very nice room... smelled of mildew and cigs, even though it was supposed to be non-smoking. Mind you, we found a pile of cigarette butts right outside the window...! Excellent location, but great rooms.

And I keep confusing it (and I'm sure they mean for you to!) with Regency Place! *L*!
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From:aeb
Date:June 23rd, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
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Now you just need to discover Damon Runyon, the author whose characters are featured in Guys and Dolls. {SMILE} I've only read one story by him so far myself, but it is precious: How Nicely-Nicely Johnson found True Love. {BIG SMILE} They met at an eating contest arranged by Nathan Detroit to settle a bet.... {Chuckle, REALLY BIG GRIN, HUMONGOUS GRIN}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 23rd, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
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*LOL*! That's right - these are from Damon Runyon - thanks!

When does it take place - the '40s?
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From:freakspawn
Date:June 23rd, 2005 07:46 am (UTC)
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Adelaide Rocks!

Those pictures are great, glad you sneaked them in even though naughty, *s*

Nicely Nicely was just excellent too :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 23rd, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
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*L*! Thanks!
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From:fangirlsays
Date:June 23rd, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
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*so dead of the GUH!*

*will be saving these once she gets home from work*

GAH, I want to see this! *cries*
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From:fangirlsays
Date:June 23rd, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)

*needs Ewan icon wtf*

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Also...I hope you don't mind if I point some folks this way? *hugs*
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From:potbellynine
Date:June 23rd, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)

I'm one of those <lj user="hanncoll"> pointed over....

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Cool! Mmmmm...........Ewan


*mops up drool*

Sounds like it was fabulous, and I am extrememly envious that you got to see the show, but very very thankful for your posted pics. Thank you!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 23rd, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm one of those <lj user="hanncoll"> pointed over....

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You're welcome! Glad you came over - and I like your icon - *L*!
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From:elanorkat
Date:June 23rd, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Fab! We're seeing it on the 1st and I can't wait! I think I'll try for some curtain call shots too.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 23rd, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
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Be careful!!!! I don't want to go and encourage folks to do this. Keep in mind I used NO flash and I had very good camera equipment (digital) that I could set at a virtual 1600 ASA, and I had a good (200 mm) lens.

Don't want you kicked out - and DON'T want people taking flash pictures and upsetting the actors! *S*

But have a great time. And the "stage door" is right around the corner from the theatre (on the right side as you look at the theatre) and Ewan may come out!
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From:ilovemyhobbits
Date:June 23rd, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
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fangirlsays pointed me over.

THANKS FOR SHARING!! <333333333
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 24th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
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You're very welcome! *S* Love your icon - and your LJ name. *G*
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From:green_ghost
Date:June 24th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
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Wow, thanks for sharing those. You have a lot of nerve to do that... I would never have the balls to actually take out my camera. Go you, you theatrical Jane Bond! Holy crap, you got to see Ewan sing and dance in the flesh... holy crap holy crap holy crap....
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 24th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
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*L*! I was waaay up in the balcony, it's a black camera, and I looked through the eye-piece rather than use the display on the back... and there were no ushers around. Most importantly - it didn't matter by that time if they kicked me out! *G*

He's a hell of a talented guy.
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From:anonypooh
Date:June 24th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
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they came out soooo well! hee you are sooo sneaky - can you come to all my theatre trips please :) thank you!

lol - the curtain call reminds me, when he came on in the uniform I totally didn't recognise him and the significance was lost on me for several minutes! *G* oops

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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 24th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Me, too!!! *L*! They did a good job on that, didn't they, sneaky sneaks! *G*

I think that the girl who played Nathan Detroit's girlfriend came out especially great in the pics, with her hair, outfit, and expression. Thanks!
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