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My London Review - Mary Poppins & Avenue Q

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Well, it's exeat this wkend, so I went down to London and watched 2 shows n Saturday - Mary Poppins & Avenue Q.

Mary Poppins (matinee)

Sat on the Grand Circle (the highest level) and for this show, that has to be one of the best seats, esp for the very last bit! It was a great seat anyway but the woman beside me was ANNOYING! She kept on explaining to her kid bout this and that and her husband starts humming along tunes... that's why I hate Mary Poppins is a kids show!
I saw the original cast 3 times and was not disappointed by them. But for this cast? It took me a whole Act 1 to warm up with them! The show abit different since the last time I saw it (last wk of original cast). There has been alot of cuts here and there, most obvious in the 'Jolly Holliday' scene where the park keeper literally just wander through and his role now is just... awkward. 'Super..cious' was much faster in pace than I remembered it to be and they had some cuts as well. Another obvious cut is the end of 'Cherry Tree Lane reprise' when Ms. Andrew comes out. They cut out the bit where Mrs. Banks tells Mr. Banks about the surprise and intseads of rushing off after hearing the surprise, Ms Andrews just turns up and Mr. Banks sees him and runs away. I did not like it.'Temper Temper' still remained a very strong song to me.

Scarlett Strallen (Mary Poppins) - I did not like her as Mary in Act 1. I find her voice to be too quirky at times. Her singing voice is veyr warm but weak at times as well. She's very good in dancing though! She totally reminds me of Dory in Finding Nemo and a touch of Bonnie Langford (her aunt). In Act 2 she was much better. [7/10]
Gavin Creel (Bert) - His opening number didn't disappoint. I loved his Bert more than Lee's. Gavin Creel's Bert is more young, fresh and fun... and hot :P His singing is SO amazing, so silky though at times he's gasping for breath at some heavy-dancing numbers like Step In Time and Jolly Holliday. And I find the songs abit too low for his voice and the score just doesn't show how brilliant a voice this kid's got. To my surprise, Gavin is a VERY good dancer as well! He's amazing in every aspect in the role... not to mention extremely CUTE! Go see him when you can! [10/10]
Aden Gillett (Mr. Banks) - disappointing performance... his acting was just... boring and stiff. His role was bad enough and with his bad performance, the Mr. Banks scene just seems to drag on. [4/10]
Annalisa Rossi (Mrs. Banks understudy) - I thought she was average. She definitely lacked the warmth and anxiety within the character that the legendary Linzi Hateley had. But she still managed to do a good job. I find her singing to be very... stiff as well. [5/10]
Louise Gold (Ms Andrew) - TOTALLY COMPLETELY stole the show. She was the next best thing in the show after Gavin! She was VERY different to Rosie's Ms Andrew. She's more fierce, her voice is more deep and manly! Her belts are scarily amazing and her 'Brimstone & Treacle' is just pure amazing! [10/10]
Diane Langton (Bird Woman) - bad bad bad... can't sing can't act... what the heck is she doing on that stage? I heard she was really good in everything but no not in this show! She sang out of tune for nearly EVERY note! [3/10]
Sarah Flind & Andrew Pepper (Mrs. Brill & Robertson Aye) - the roles has been cut down as well. And the two did not deliver a catching performance like the originals did so with the cut down lines, I find the roles as good as not being there. [3/10]
Overall the performance was average but Gavin & Louise boosted my ratings for this show. I was glad that they've added the 'super..cious' encore back into the curtain call! [8/10]

Went to the stagedoor and got autography of Annalisa. And waited for Gavin. And man is he tall! The extremely nice Rebecca Lock (Mary understudy) help me take a pix of me and Gavin. Seeing Gavin in real life just totally made my day!

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Me & Gavin:
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Pixs from the show:
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Avenue Q (evening)

I sat on the 2nd row of the balcony (highest level) and it was a good view, saw everything. Even though, I've heard the CD, listened to bootlegs of this cast for alot of times but it's just so amazing to see them onstage. The jokes are still funny listening it for the god knows how many times! This London cast is MUCH better sung and acted than the Original Broadway cast. And their amazingly good looks certainly helped the enjoyment of the show!

Jon Roybns (Princeton/Rod) - amazing amazing amazing! Extremely talented. I can't really use words to describe him. His singing is so good... as well as his acting with his puppetry. And he's SO SO SO hot onstage! I can't stop my eyes off him a second! I never really liked the song Purpose but he made it all so enjoyable! [10/10]
Simon Lipkin (Nicky/Trekkie/Bear) - amazing as well and extremely hot onstage as well. His Nicky is very real... a normal buddy you get from your friends and his Trekkie monster is nothing but adorable and peverted and cute. [10/10]
Julie Atherton (Kate/Lucy) - wow as well! Her singing voice is SO SO SO amazing! It's so sweet and cute but she totally belted the sh*t out of 'Fine Fine Line'! [10/10]
Clare Foster (Mrs. T/Bear) - amazingly HOT! she had great chemistry with Simon... really wanna see her as Kate/Lucy. [9/10]
Matthew Henry (Gary) - did a good job and I didn't really knew he was an understudy! But I still think a female Gary gives more edge to the songs! [7/10]
Yanle Zhong (X'Mas Eve) - She was good but nothing compared to Ann. [7/10]
Sion Lloyd (Brian) - he was good as well but most of the time I dont understand what he's saying or singing. [6/10]
Overall the show is brilliant but I have to say it's more of a youngster's show as the poor old man beside found it vulgar and fell asleep and I wudn't blame him (I wudve if he snored). [15/10]

Went to the stagedoor and got everyone's autographs and pixs. And Jon is SO hot! And so are the others... extremely nice as well... they all chatted with some other fans for awhile before heading off for a drink.

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Brochure/programme/free CD:
My London Review - Mary Poppins & Avenue Q
Billboard:
My London Review - Mary Poppins & Avenue Q
Lucy THe Slut calender at the back of Brochure:
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2 pixs from the show:
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Me & Clare (Mrs. T & Bear)
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Me & Jon (Princeton/Rod):
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Julie (Kate/Lucy) & Me:
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Simon (Nicky/Trekkie/Bear) & Me:
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Yanle (X'Mas Eve) & Me:
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Aww, cool pics! I like Julie's face in your photo with her!
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