Ooh, I got some! :D
20. What makes you love a book?
In fiction - good writing style, well-developed characters, preferably ones who have a brain or eventually get one, good description, good plot-lines, and nothing that gets too maudlin or overly sentimental.
In nonfiction (mostly histories because that’s the kind of nonfiction I’m reading right now) - engaging writing that makes the people and places in the book seem relatable.
And for the love of God use a typeface that doesn’t make my eyes water.
33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Oh goodness, quite a few. In fifth grade I decided to read Watership Down and it was probably the first book I read that was from the adult section. Plus I checked out the big, heavy, hardback version, so at that point in time it was the biggest book I’d ever read. Um… Atlas Shrugged also, over 1000 pages of text, but it went by surprisingly fast. Crime and Punishment - Russian names, oy. And in eleventh grade I had to read Friedrich Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality and it was only 60 or so pages when I printed it out so I thought, “Oh, I can get through this okay” but it was HORRIBLE and I didn’t understand a WORD of what was going on and by the end I was slogging through it and I hated it so frigging much.
34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
At some point, I probably should try and finish Les Miserables…
51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
It sometimes feels like I’m avoiding every popular young adult fiction book out there. (I don’t know why it’s not my thing, but it’s, uh, not my thing. I don’t know; I just skipped from the children’s section straight to the adult section.) For a specific book, possibly Jean M. Auel’s The Land of Painted Caves. I love Clan of the Cave Bear (first book in the series) but I’ve enjoyed each succeeding book in the series less and less (though especially the third book - contrived love triangles based on tiny misunderstandings make me want to hurl the book out the window) and based on reviews nothing got better in the last book, so yep.
Well, if you read my review of the UK tour, where Simon Bailey did much the same thing, you’ll probably get an idea of my general reaction…
I’ve never filmed a show before, so I wouldn’t have any good tips, but I think there are a couple others on here who might.
I suppose what I would say is: get a good camera, cover up all lights, be ready to have a sore arm throughout the show, and practice. (Ha.) It will probably take a while before you learn to film well (i.e. around heads, focusing on the best parts of the show, and knowing when to zoom in or out) while also being able to do it unobtrusively.
And if all else fails, pay off the usher.
Which instrumental we talking about here? For the stage production instrumentals, yes, I have ‘Notes II’/’Twisted Every Way’. For the film instrumentals, I have that too, but it should be noted that the movie does cut a lot of ‘Notes II’ out and changes where ‘Twisted Every Way’ occurs, so it’s different from the stage instrumentals.
Yes, it’s a mislabeled video of the Los Angeles production, usually with Dale Kristien as Christine (though Michael Crawford is the Phantom). It’s a bit funny, to be honest - Dale Kristien sounds very different from Sarah Brightman.
A few days ago, I flew to Providence to see one of the first performances of the new Phantom US Tour! I have a copy of the UK Tour (Earl Carpenter, Olivia Brereton, Simon Bailey) and I watched that a few days before. As far as the changes from the UK Tour, the ones I noticed were pretty good. I’ll probably save that for another post. Also, please pardon the rude ass in front of me during the first act. I am so glad he didn’t come back and so was everyone else around him.
This was recorded on December 3, 2013 during the 7:00 PM show at the Providence Performing Arts Center.
Cast (Character Name - Actor Name):
The Phantom - Mark Campbell
Christine - Julia Udine
Raoul - Ben Jacoby
Carlotta - Jacquelynne Fontaine
Monsieur Firmin - Craig Bennett
Monsieur Andre - Edward Staudenmayer
Madame Giry - Linda Balgord
Ubaldo Piangi - Frank Viveros
Meg Giry - Hannah Florence
Auctioneer - Mark Emerson
Joseph Buquet - Cooper Grodin
Download audio (Act 1 & 2 - Untracked)
Mark Campbell and Julia Udine as the Phantom and Christine
Think of Me: German Edition
I don’t know. How does one tell the difference?
All I know is someone gave it to me and said, “It’s the instrumental version!” so I label it as the instrumental version.
Well, I think that’s a bit of an extreme position, don’t you think? If Edyta Krzemien did say that (and I know how easy it is for a person’s quotes to get taken out of context and distorted), it doesn’t necessarily mean that Edyta’s performance itself is “wrong”, whatever that means. And don’t you think we should judge her performance based on her actual singing and acting? I also don’t necessarily think that someone’s performance is “right” just because they’ve worked with Hal Prince. He is a great director and I love his ideas for the show and think he really understands it, but he’s not infallible, and just because Gina worked with him doesn’t mean she becomes so as well. Nor does it negate personal preferences on how one should play the role.
(For that matter, does anyone know how much Gina worked with him, if at all? I know he does regular checkups on the Broadway production due to being close to it and all, but how often does he go to oversee the London production?)
Anyway, I’m a big fan of Gina, but Edyta Krzemien is entitled to her opinion as well and I think it’s premature to go judging her Christine just because of some comment she made (if she made it at all). It’s rather like that one person who claimed that people who didn’t like Sierra’s Christine didn’t understand the character at all. Not liking a certain actress is very different from not understanding the entire character.
I’m going to wait until I get full, decent video of him before deciding anything. (Which probably won’t be long - German productions seem to get lots of videos released.) Concert and promo footage is somewhat limited in what it can tell you.
Yes I do, and no, I am not. The master has not released it for trade, so it is currently not for trade. But that doesn’t mean people don’t share it around and stuff. There are definitely a couple clips on YouTube, like this.
I don’t think I’ve ever posted the instrumental version of the monkey box music, sorry.