I just got back from a theatre trip to Melbourne. We saw The King and I and Les Miserables. Both were absolutely awesome. Lou Diamond Phillips was starring in The King and I with Lisa McCune. I loved him in the role. The reason I went to Melbourne to see it instead of Sydney is because Teddy Tahu Rhodes will be playing the role here. I think that is a disastrous choice. I saw him in South Pacific last year and I found him a terrible actor. Don’t get me wrong; he has a great voice but The King doesn’t have any big songs.
Les Mis was great as expected. I noticed a few different things from when I saw the reworked staging in Los Angeles 3 years ago. I loved this production much more. Unfortunately Simon Gleeson was off but his understudy was fantastic.
We also went to the Les Miserables: From Page to Stage exhibit at the State Library. Not only did you get to see Victor Hugo’s original manuscript but also costumes from the original Australian production. I saw Anthony Warlow’s Enjolras vest!!! They were playing the 25th Anniversary Concert in full which we stayed for the whole 2nd half. To the girls who were there Saturday afternoon also watching the whole thing; I love that you were excited to see Hadley Fraser come on. Me too.