I left the semi final hightailing it to the airport to fly home on the back of hurricane Sandy, and in the spirit of all things speedy we made it back in just 6 hours 10 minutes exactly. (The guide time is roughly 7 hours 20…)
So my three days back in London went something like this… Meetings, meetings, Wizard of Oz meeting, agents meetings, lunch meetings, brunch meeting, I honestly managed to pack in about five a day. I did however find the time to attend a conference hosted by Flora, all about keeping your heart healthy, and I tell you some of the case studies I saw have made me all the more determined to stick to my healthy diet!
I also managed to make it down to Brixton to see Taboo, the Boy George musical they have revived at the the Playhouse. It was such a fantastic production, updated from the original (which my Alana was in before her makeup days!) with a supremely talented cast, including the phenomenal Paul Baker, who is reprising his role as Philip Salon. It is most definitely a must see, and now the run is being extended till March so make sure you get down there.
After my hectic three days – which felt like a month in three days – I flew back for the final show, accompanied this time by a very special guest. Andrew Lloyd Webber was coming back for the show, and the night before the final he took myself, Nigel our musical supervisor, Yvie our vocal coach, and the three final Dorothys out for the a fantastic meal with some of the most inventive and exotic food I have ever tasted. It was such a lovely evening, and a wonderful end to what has been an immense eight weeks.
Between filming the show, the dinners and of course more meetings, I managed to get over to St Lawrence market early on Sunday morning to hunt down vintage finds, which of course you all know is my favourite past time! I picked up the most fantastic miniature vintage sewing machine that i lugged it all the way back home, as well a few great clothing pieces I can’t wait to wear!
So of course I can now reveal who our Dorothy is… it’s Danielle! A strange coincidence that it was also a Danielle who won the original London show. and I know our new Danielle will do the show just as brilliantly. She has a beautiful voice, she’s a wonderful actress, and most of all has a real childlike vulnerability about her and really does embody the character perfectly. I said a sad farewell to all at the aftershow party, and thanked everyone for their hard work and commitment over the past couple of months, and then for the last time I made the crazy dash to the airport to fly home to my family.
Although if you think that’s the last of my Canadian adventures… think again! In a weeks time I start rehearsing the actual show! Yes I’ll be be back and forth once again until sometime in mid January, however this time I’ll be getting to spend a little longer in each place, although will that make my jetlag worse? We’ll just have wait and see…
Keep your eyes peeled for my next blog all about last weeks adventures in London…
Love Arlene x