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Despite its being one of the cooler things I've had the opportunity to do all year, I have officially decided to give up on the notion of reviewing Spamalot, due to (a) my abundant lack of free time, and (b) the fact that I don't have a whole lot to say, except that it still has a little tweaking to do before Broadway but overall a rollicking good time was had by all. For somewhat more detailed comments, I refer you to Veggiebelle's report. (And yes, I was with her for the pre-show brushing-shoulders-with-Eric-Idle, and squeee! Also, there was a mildly amusing bit arising from wtaching Scott Hamilton pick up his ticket at Will Call, which I must tell irish_horse about in detail because she will appreciate it. *g*) < ETA >And I thought I had typed THANK YOU! to veggiebelle and to her Awesome Roomie's Awesome Boyfriend for the opportunity, but I just realized I didn't. So, THANK YOU!!! < /ETA >

As for Phantom, that review I still intend to do (before this weekend is out, dammit!), for it is still the Revenge of the Squeeeing Teenybopper Fandom and I'm still having way too good a time. Will probably go see it again tomorrow during the day (we're closed then instead since New Year's is a Saturday, and it's one of the six whole holidays a year for which we close), and give you what is likely to be an exceedingly geeky and detailed analysis with it fresher in my mind.

However, there is one thing I must say. As one must expect (because dude, is there a softer target anywhere on the movie horizon??), there are a lot of pretty scathing reviews out there. Some of the points raised by them are legit. There's one thing that keeps coming up, however, that's just plain lame.

Let me break it down for you: Gerard Butler is 35. Emmy Rossum is 18. Regardless of how hot he might happen to be, he is old enough to be her father. Without even getting into the fact that Christine's father died when she was SEVEN.

So, the next person I hear whingeing about how he's all young and hot and can't possibly be a father figure? Gets bopped over the head with a third grade math textbook. Consider yourselves warned. ;->

Oooh! The feast is ready in the conference room! :: rubs hands in glee, signs off ::

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irish_horse
Dec. 30th, 2004 06:22 pm (UTC)
I look forward to the story! I'm glad to hear that he's out and about and having a good time - that must mean he's doing well. :)

I'm also looking forward to the review. I'm dying to hear what you think of the film (which I have yet to see).
wiliqueen
Dec. 30th, 2004 07:15 pm (UTC)
He seemed very up and looked healthy. That was the first thing I noticed.

Well, after the voice two feet away (we were waiting next to the window for veggiebelle) said "I'm here to pick up tickets. My name is Scott Hamilton."

Of course, my head WHIPS around, and as I turned back to Jack to say "look to my left," the guy talking on a cellphone near us told the person at the other end "And Scott Hamilton is here. He just picked up his tickets. He's about five...feet."

Just then, Scotty passes by him and says "Five foot four."

And Jack added as he went in, "With very good hearing." Which got a glance back and grin. :-D
wiliqueen
Dec. 30th, 2004 07:34 pm (UTC)
"And Scott Hamilton is here. He just picked up his tickets. He's about five...feet."

Correction: "And Scott Hamilton is here ... The figure skater. He just..." (etc. etc.)

For some reason that just makes the whole thing funnier to me.
amilyn
Dec. 30th, 2004 07:36 pm (UTC)
LOL! That's EXCELLENT! *grin*

I'm so glad he looks good. I've been thinking about him.
thanatos_kalos
Dec. 30th, 2004 07:44 pm (UTC)
lol!

(if you should ever happen to have Kurt Browning pass you by, I'd make you a good offer for him... ;P)
irish_horse
Jan. 4th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
LOL! That's so classic Scotty - I love it! I'm so glad and relieved that he's feeling and looking well.
amilyn
Dec. 30th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC)
a mildly amusing bit arising from wtaching Scott Hamilton pick up his ticket at Will Call, which I must tell irish_horse about in detail because she will appreciate it.

I think MANY of us will appreciate.

Share??

(In your copious free time...)

*grin*
wiliqueen
Dec. 30th, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC)
See above. :-D
amilyn
Dec. 30th, 2004 07:29 pm (UTC)
I saw that you had LOTS of free time on your hands. :-)

I was just wanting to make sure you share with ALL of us and not just the one.

Also? You used; this icon JUST FOR ME, didn't you? *happysigh*
wiliqueen
Dec. 30th, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC)
I was just wanting to make sure you share with ALL of us and not just the one.

Sorry, I meant see my comment to irish_horse's commetn above. I was just trying to make sure you saw the sharing. ;-)
amilyn
Dec. 30th, 2004 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I did miss it and it's delightful.
thanatos_kalos
Dec. 30th, 2004 07:42 pm (UTC)
ok, insanely jealous of your getting to see Spamalot, not to mention getting to see Eric Idle. (This being my punishment for not realising I was excavating in his hometown until a year later.)

And I for one think father figures can be very, very sexy. (of course I've never seen Phantom in any form, so...)
wiliqueen
Dec. 30th, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC)
And I for one think father figures can be very, very sexy. (of course I've never seen Phantom in any form, so...)

Well, I don't think most of the people making this argument necessarily disagree with that. They don't appear to be entirely separate from those who consider Michael Crawford's Phantom (fairly universally considered the high-bar-setting norm, with good reason) to be the pinnacle of sexy.

They're just going on and on and on about how he's supposedly too young, and the reason for the too young is OBVIOUSLY so that he will be perceived as "conventionally" hot. To which my response is "Bite me, do the frelling math!"

There is also the math of the novel, which doesn't specify Erik's age, but which does outline a life story for him that makes mid-30s a perfectly reasonable estimate. And most of the guys playing the role on stage at any give time are under 40. So it's just a lame argument all around.
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wiliqueen
Dec. 30th, 2004 09:51 pm (UTC)
I think the age issue is partly thanks to Susan Kay's novel,

I dunno. I'm mostly thinking of pro reviews here, many of them by men. I doubt they've read it.

I did, but it's been at least ten years, and I honestly don't remember a thing about it.

What's making me cranky is that I do think the Christine-wondering-if-this-is-Dad's-spirit thing is played up very clearly, probably more so than in the show. They just also played up the steamy (open shirt, etc.), which is the only reason I can think of that this reaction is happening. But the father-figure aspect is totally there from Christine's perspective, as well it should be -- even if he were perfectly normal physically, it's roughly analogous to Buffy being squicked about Giles having a love life. He is just plain not young from the perspective of someone THAT young.
coltsbane
Dec. 30th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
Gerard Butler can be a father figure...just as long as he's someone else's father figure >=)
coltsbane
Dec. 30th, 2004 10:34 pm (UTC)
Aw man. It ended up posting twice after all. *shakes fist at LJ*
wiliqueen
Dec. 31st, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* I think that's always been pretty much the consensus about the Phantom. Which is why singling him out as not fatherly enough because he's supposedly too hot is baffling me.

It's supposed to be all tangled up, people, particularly in Christine's head. That's the point!!
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