Monday Look Back – Week 14.

What happened this week?

I worked. A lot.

And when I wasn’t working I was at the gym. I have signed up for a personal trainer. I did my stats. I have a plan. This is getting WAY too serious.

Despite the awful weather we have been having recently the flowers in the close are having a good go at blooming, just a tad early.

We have also had some really stunning sunrises over the last week. I know this because I have been at the gym at 6am. When it is still dark.

Some people take selfies at the gym – I take pictures of the sunrise.

On Friday The Hunchback Of Notre Dame studio cast recording was released. This is my favourite musical. I fell in love with it back in the early 2000’s when the German cast recording was released. Disney staged it in Germany for a few years and that was it. There are brief clips of this show on youtube but other than that I have just had to make do with the beautiful animation.

In 2013 there was a rumour that there was going to be a production in the US, hopefully leading to broadway. It had two runs, once in San Diego at the La Jolla Playhouse before moving across the country to the Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey. Both were sell-out productions with brilliant reviews, but it never made it to Broadway. There was, however, huge demand for an English language cast recording. I mean come on, if we weren’t going to get it on stage for more people to see, we could at least listen to Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s beautiful score whenever we pleased.

We were very lucky to get this, especially with the full original cast and a huge orchestra and choir. It’s a beautiful soundtrack that makes me a little (ok – A LOT) upset that I won’t get to see this. My physical CD is on the way so for now I have had it on Spotify on repeat. I recommend if you get a chance that you go over and have a listen. Especially if you are a fan of Wicked.

My favourite tracks are 13) Hellfire and 14) Esmeralda then 22) Made of Stone and 23) Finale. (Although never skip the Entr’acte – a stunning choral section showing off the talents of the ensemble!)

But please- just listen to all of it! Maybe the more people listen to it there is a smidgen of a chance we could get it in London. (If I win Euromillions I am on it!)
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After work on Saturday we went out for a friends 40th birthday celebration at Strawberry Moons. Dancing happened, a lot to cheesy 80’s music and a little to more recent club music. We drank Long Island Ice Tea pitchers and had a good time. A sign of a good night is when you have either taken a gazillion pictures with friends, or none because you were having too good a time. Not many were taken this night. And a big lie-in happened on the Sunday.

Today is get out day for Mr Foote’s Other Leg. The theatre is full of people, all doors are open and everything is being loaded into the big blue truck of doom.

We are dark till February 8th, whilst the theatre is getting a little bit of TLC. Then we re-open with a transfer of the sell out show Bad Jews. 

These posts are pretty basic at the moment. Now I am off the overtime (boo) I might actually get out more. And a gym post is imminent too 😛

So I shall be seeing you soon!

-Amanda


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