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An American Girl

So I extended my trip to New York because @likeyouneedittosurvive is the best and got us tickets to the play reading of An American Girl that Raul was in. I agreed to go because of Raul (duh), but then when I read who else was in it, I freaked out. Victor Garber, Keri Russell, Hugh Dancy, Zoe Kazan, Jonathan Groff, and others! Victor Garber has been one of my favourites since I was a teen!

Anyway, I digress. The show as amazing, please look it up. It was written based on the crap around the Clintons in 1997. Oh! And it was directed by Christine Lahti! That’s ADA Sonya Paxton for you SVU fans! Oh, and there were a tonne of Fannibals with flower crowns, because of course there were.

After the show, Risa and I waited outside. The crowd wasn’t big, and a few of the actors walked out, but then Victor Garber was coming out and I started to freak out internally. As he was signing a fan’s playbill, the fan said, “My mom loves you!” to which he said, “Uh, thanks…” Then he came over and signed my playbill. This was the conversation:

Me: Thank you, Mr. Garber! I actually came from Toronto to see this show!
Victor: *stops and looks up with a smile* Really? What did you think?
Me: I thought it was immensely well done, and so important!
Victor: Did you know about this play beforehand?
Me: I did! (I lied)
Victor: Thank you for coming! (Such a great Canadian <3)

A little later Hugh Dancy came out and signed my playbill. So charming <3

More time went by, and I saw Matthew Rhys (Keri Russell’s partner on screen and irl) approaching us, and going right on by us, walking away from the theatre. Ten minutes after that, two attendants came out and called out, “Matthew!” and I said, “He went that way!” pointing in the direction he walked in. They ignored me. I told Risa that I was basically the PoC Nancy Drew with how they were ignoring me. As if to punctuate the comedy, the attendant went in the opposite direction of where I pointed. About ten minutes after that, Matthew Rhys came back and the attendants came back out and collected him. I could have saved them like half an hour if they had listened. Their loss.

More actors came out, and finally, like two hours later, Raul was ready to come out. I started freaking out internally again. He came over and signed my playbill. Here’s the conversation:

Me: Thank you so much! I actually extended my trip from Toronto to see this!
Raul: *looks up with this big stupid charming smile* Ah! My old stomping grounds!
Me: Yes! *I ask for a picture, we take it, I’m awkward looking af* Did you enjoy filming there?
Raul: Yes! We filmed in Mississauga–
Me: I’m so sorry.
Raul: *cracks up. Like totally laughing* Well we stayed in Toronto, but we filmed in Mississauga!
Me: I’m sorry you ever had to step foot in Mississauga!
Raul: *cracks up again*

I diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiied. It was the best day and ahhh. Our outfits matched!!! Thank you so much Risa for being my partner in crime! <3 And sorry you couldn’t be there, @inaneenglish! :( <3

Anyway, here we are again.

anonymous asked:

What's your dream cast? Like, your ideal Phantom, Christine, Raoul, Carlotta, etc? Aaaand, who do you think is the best-looking Phantom, Christine and Raoul?

I think my dream cast would be something like (slashes equals sharing the role):

  • Phantom: Earl Carpenter/Hugh Panaro
  • Christine: Gina Beck, Jennifer Hope Wills/Samantha Hill
  • Raoul: Sean MacLaughlin/Jordan Donica
  • Carlotta: Claire Moore/Rebecca Caine
  • M. Firmin: Kevin Ligon/David Cryer
  • M. Andre: Aaron Galligan-Stierle/DC Anderson
  • Piangi: Larry Wayne Morbitt
  • Madame Giry: I have not favorites here, oops
  • Meg Giry: Brianne Kelly Morgan

“Best looking” is pretty subjective, but for me, the ones who are good-looking, look great in the costume, look “historical” (e.g. the way I envision a 19th century person looking), and fit the way I view them in my head are:

  • Phantom: Jonathan Roxmouth (all right, he’s pretty young but who cares, we’re being superficial here)
  • Christine: Gina Beck and Harriet Jones (that slightly rounder face and large, expressive eyes just really appeal to me)
  • Raoul: Sean MacLaughlin (dat face)

(Photo of Harriet Jones is Operafantomet’s lovely Photoshopped version here.)

“And one other, whom I loved but who could not love me. You despise me for that also, Human Race? Because I could not make a woman love me as a man?”

The Phantom Of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth