Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Back to Oz
It had been nearly 6 months since I last managed a trip to Oz and had a chat with Rachel at the stage door, which in my book is about 6 months too long. However, last Saturday I finally returned to the Apollo Victoria for another ‘Wicked’ evening’s entertainment.
I was pretty sure Rachel was going to be on but it’s always a relief when you enter the theatre to find there are no cast changes for your performance.
I usually get a seat in the first 4 or 5 rows of the stalls but I was a little further back on this occasion in row L. Luckily I had a small child in front of me so I still had a near perfect view.
My last ‘Wicked’ visit was back in February so this was my first chance to see a few new cast members, Mark Evans (Fiyero), Zoe Rainey (Nessarose) & Ben Stott (Boq). My personal opinion is that they aren’t quite as good as their predecessors but they still did an excellent job. With the exception of Rachel who is clearly the best ever Elphaba, I’m not sure they’ll ever find a better Fiyero and Glinda than Oli Tompsett and Dianne Pilkington but it’s all about opinions and I know others think differently.
I had actually managed to work in this visit around a football match. I follow Bristol Rovers around the country with my Dad and last Saturday we were playing at Wimbledon – you may have seen the match as it was live on Sky, we won 3-2 . However it’s my Mum that loves musicals and especially Wicked so it was decided we’d all go. This meant my dog Max also had to make the trip. My Mum looked after him while my Dad and I were at the footy and my Dad was on Dog duty while my Mum and I were at the theatre.
After the show I ran back to the car to bring Max to the stage door to meet the cast. He was especially looking forward to a stroke from the West Ends number 1 leading lady - at least I think that’s what he said. He wasn’t disappointed because Rachel was surprisingly quick getting changed and soon emerged to greet her fans.
She really enjoyed meeting Max but unfortunately I didn’t get chance to meet Barney because although she’d had him with her earlier in the day he’d gone home after the Matinee. We talked about her wonderful new home and new Wicked contract and she also informed me I’d come close to meeting Hollywood royalty. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had been to the matinee.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Rachel again for being so lovely and taking the time to chat with me - and Max - at the stage door. You were as adorable as ever.