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22nd-Nov-2009 11:51 am
The other day I felt I'd better apologise to triomakesmehot for the fact that she's missing out on seeing Marc Warren onstage (she's a Hustle fan,) but I think yesterday's trip may make her explode with jealousy, so I'd probably better embed something here for her as consolation - breathe, it'll be all right. Friday was Children in Need night, the annual BBC telethon, and John Barrowman did the following:

Right, I hope that'll make up for the fact that you weren't tagging along with us the next day to see Barrowman in La Cage Aux Folles. I'd already seen the show back when this production was at the Menier Chocolate Factory and although I enjoyed it wouldn't have gone again, but this was my Christmas present to my mum. We'd actually had a hard time finding something she was interested in, until Penny reminded her she likes John Barrowman. (Obviously. She's a woman in her 60s and is therefore genetically programmed to love John Barrowman.) So she had to have her XmasTM present early this year, as La Barrowman's only with the show until the end of November.

Obviously Barrowman's brief run in the show has sold well and since we only thought of this a few weeks ago I couldn't get as good seats as I would have liked, and we ended up in the middle of the fourth row of the Upper Circle. Fortunately the Playhouse's Upper Circle is steeply raked so there was a good view - we only had to lean forward to see if the actors stood on the very edge of the stage. Apart from a new cast and being in a much bigger theatre it's not too different from the first time I saw it, although reading my original review I'd forgotten that one of the drag queens had been played by a real woman - this is no longer the case. And although I can take or leave Barrowman (I don't mind him but his ubiquity in recent years is a bit much) I'll happily admit he's great in this.

But the main thing is what my mum thought, and she laughed her head off and cried, twice (at "Song on the Sand" and "I Am What I Am") and since something making her cry is pretty much the main gauge of success as far as she's concerned, I think we can consider this job done. Penny also came along (she paid for her own ticket, her Christmas present isn't until Legally Blonde next month) and really enjoyed it as well so a good afternoon all round.

La Cage Aux Folles by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein is booking until the 2nd of January at the Playhouse Theatre, and is expected to transfer to Broadway in 2010.
22nd-Nov-2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not in my 60s yet, but I love John Barrowman too - although I admit he is quite overwhelming and a bit exhausting at times;) - so I had to travel to London to see the show last month. Like your mum I laughed and cried. If she loved it even half as much as I did I say you gave the best Christmas present ever!
22nd-Nov-2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it as well - it's a good show in any case.
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22nd-Nov-2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Well I never saw Graham Norton in the show. But from the photos he did seem a bit more panto dame than drag queen.
22nd-Nov-2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
Barrowman will do anything if it means he gets to romp in pants, won't he?
22nd-Nov-2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
And then sell them to the highest bidder. Filth!
22nd-Nov-2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
GUH ...

I'm playing catchup this weekend as I was stuck in a courtroom all week (lawsuit at work).

I will forgive you Marc Warren and La Cage Aux Folles since you gave me John Barrowman in just pants and a loosely buttoned shirt.

Is it hot in here???
22nd-Nov-2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
You're probably too late to bid for his boxers as well :(
22nd-Nov-2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Bidding for his boxers would really only interest me if I were allowed to take them off him ... and I'm sure that wouldn't interest him, so there you go.
22nd-Nov-2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
4 days still left to bid for the Barrowman boxers, but I warn you they've already gone over £2000 - and in answer to the question I can hear in the air - no I DIDN'T bid!! Much as I enjoy Barrowman I really don't find myself especially attracted to his sweaty boxers!!

Anyway, really glad you enjoyed La Cage more than you expected to, I would love to have been able to get there. Never mind I feel sure it won't be the last chance to see John in drag!
22nd-Nov-2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Never mind I feel sure it won't be the last chance to see John in drag!

Well maybe he'll change his mind about doing the tour. Although I did wonder if the only reason he even did La Cage at all was so he had an excuse to call his (latest) autobiography I Am What I Am.
22nd-Nov-2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Just to add.....I think it was the description on ebay of the boxers which really made me go eugh....
All entries are classed as new or used and just seeing them described as "used" was just ever so slightly icky!!
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