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  2. Thanks Heather, lovely read. In the TV mag in the Mirror on Sat, they have an interview with Faye (a little pic her & Gareth), and she mentions him a few times. I can't scan.
  3. Thank you Heather for posting this lovely interview, lovely to read about Missys piano exam, I'm sure she'll be just fine, a little star in the making. Hope Gareth is having the perfect Sunday today bless him.
  4. There is a great article with Gareth in The Sunday Express ( Life style ) It's in the magazine . http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/819953/Gareth-Gates-Coronation-Street-star-Faye-Brookes-nickname-regrets
  5. Last week
  6. Yes it sounds lovely, Totally agree with you.
  7. Lovely pics Maria, thanks for posting.
  8. Here is Gareth's vlog from warm-up in Swansea on Wednesday when he showed us how rich and strong his voice is sounding now with a few bars from 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'. 170621FootlooseSwanseaWarmUp.mp4 This is a great advert for the show and for Gareth's delightful voice.
  9. Me and Gareth from Coventry, I'll check with Sarahjane and Hayley if they ind me posting their pics on here which I'm sure they won't mind.
  10. Fantastic in depth report of the show Linda, so pleased I found it at last, I have not seen the show this year as I had to cancel due to illness. But I am booked to see it at the Peacock theatre so hopefully will have better luck then. Sounds like they have made quite a few changes, but can't see how Gareth's performance could be improved on
  11. Had seen that you've not been well, Elaine. Hope that there will be an improvement soon. This was an excellent review from a professional reviewer, who has recognised Gareth's many skills and not been reserved in talking about them. However it was my report about the shows at Buxton and Coventry that I tweeted about. You'll find it in this strand here: Hope you enjoy it.
  12. A fabulous review linda, hope this is the one I saw the tweet for on twitter as I couldn't find another. Not back in the swing of things as still feeling ill.and got lots of appointments and blood tests , when will it end.
  13. That's a fabulous review Linda. It certainly is in depth about the whole show but she does go far and beyond with her review of Gareh. This is the bit I particularly like One thing that impresses, mightily, is how modest an on stage performer he proves. For not a second does he steal, or impinge on, anyone else’s scene, or lines, or vocals. Much of the time he hovers modestly in the background, Nor does Gareth try to steal anyone's thunder in the closing songs either. He salutes everyone before he himself is saluted (with his very quickly letting Ren take the cheers). Interesting what the reviewer has to say about the programme too with no cast list. Thanks for posting it. Was a delight to read.
  14. Wow Linda, this must be the best and longest review of Gareth in that roll I seen. Brilliant, thanks for posting it.
  15. Just found this review of Footloose at Coventry: http://www.behindthearras.com/Reviewspr/2017/reviewsPROAprJun2017/footloose-review-coventry-CB06-17.html There are some annoying inaccuracies and a few strange comments (how old did the reviewer think that Ethel's brother, Wes, should be?), but his review of Gareth is very honest and incredibly flattering. But Footloose really belong s to just one actor: Gareth Gates, as the friendly, shy, loopy, confused, bumbling – but capable of moments of genius – Willard. This is a character straight out of Tennesee Williams, Miller or Albee. Librettist (and lyricist) Dean Pitchford has penned this part really well, it has depth and poignancy and an unexpected kind of wisdom. It’s as if Gates has turned his well-known stutter, evident at his Pop Idol near-win (season 2001-2), and built a complete character from those embarrassing limitations. He is acutely funny, yet deeply tragic. Utterly loyal, but striving manfully to make a personality for himself, eager for sex but no idea how to find it (unless by himself), getting taken short and rushing off clutching his crutch, and to be a fellow-battler for the freedom Ren and the others are fighting for. Willard is a scrumptiously entertaining, gorgeously well-performed, beautifully conceived character. His moves alone – wobbling, hesitant, tentative, or alternatively scuttling and hurtling in steps as shy as he is, often enough stiff and invariably awkward – merited an Oscar. On this basis alone, Gates could transfer to the Royal Shakespeare Company tomorrow. Given we know he’s got a gorgeous singing voice (though here that’s not up front), and can act spontaneously and electrifyingly (given his famous Joseph in the Lloyd Webber Dreamcoat), it’s difficult , as so often, to know what exactly we owe to Racky Plews’ direction, on his one-on-one sessions with his actors, and how much is generated, invented, by them themselves. This astonishing, mind-blowingly clever creation looks to have come largely from Gates himself. One thing that impresses, mightily, is how modest an on stage performer he proves. For not a second does he steal, or impinge on, anyone else’s scene, or lines, or vocals. Much of the time he hovers modestly in the background, then out of the blue emerges to do a shaky, then ecstatic solo dance, or a hilarious strip-down to blissfully shabby hot pants (think of Rhys Ifan’s Spike in Notting Hill). Gates is something very special indeed: he digs into his own interior, assimilates it, and comes up with pure gold. It’s worth making a beeline for Footloose for Gareth Gates’s performance alone, though also for Sillett’s, and perhaps Fraser’s too. Not sure he has interpreted some parts of Gareth's role in the way that I did (and it's a shame that he doesn't know that Racky Plews is female) but it's good to read a reviewer being completely blown away by Gareth's performance. Bring on the Oscar! Pleased to see that he recognises Gareth to be an extremely selfless actor - he has his moments to shine but otherwise helps others to show themselves to their full potential. I know that he only has the one solo number (Mama Says), but it would have been lovely to hear a description of Gareth's voice and his sheer stage presence when performing it (can't have it all, I suppose). Generally, though, an excellent review.
  16. Gareth and Missy from Fathers day, such a beautiful, heartwarming photo, makes me feel emotional looking at is especially thinking of how hard it must be for him saying goodbye tie he when he's taken her back home, thank goodness for inventions such as face time these days.
  17. Loved reading your report Linda. Saw Footloose in Bridlington at the start of 2016 and me and my husband enjoyed it so much. I have seen clips of the new touring version and can spot a few changes. So glad it is doing well and getting such good reviews.
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  19. Thank you for your fantastic report Linda I agree I would never remember all the details even if I had seen it a few times this year.
  20. Thank you for your lovely report ve absolutely no reason to apologise bless you?
  21. Thanks Chris for your great report, loved reading it.
  22. Thanks to everyone for your positive comments - glad you enjoyed reading. I've just edited slightly as realised I'd spelt 'Ariel' incorrectly and I'd missed out a comment about Maureen that I'd intended to include. xx
  23. Linda you need to give up your day job! Surely a theatre critic appointment awaits? How do u manage to notice/ remember all the changes? These are my few thoughts. Such changes have certainly made the production better ( even though I thought it great before). I definitely preferred Joshua Dowen as Ren. Whilst I didnt think he had quite as strong a voice ás Luke Baker, he was a softer Ren but clearly as energetic. Bringing the poetry wall forward and more prominent sure does make more of an impact to the story. The biggest change to the production for me was Reverend Moore. This new guy seems more assured/ definite. Have to agree with you about Maureen Nolan' voice. It definitely seems stronger. Ethel MCormack was the only one change I wasnt sure about. She was incredible to play 3 different roles but she just didnt look old enough to be Ren's mother. I loved the new Chuck. He was more agressive in the part oh and any girl would fall for him! What talent too! Emma Fraser playing Wendy Jo was amazing. She was one of those actresses that stood out from the rest of the girls. That Willard was ok !! Not acting quite so dumb/silly ( not sure of the correct word without offending anyone) was certainly better. His voice was much richer too. That song Somebody'Eyes mesmorises me! Thanks for a fabulous detailed review Linda, that am sure everyone has loved reading and/or encouraged to go and see more Footloose. It has certainly encouraged me!
  24. Firstly apologies for not being able to come and let eveyone know how our day went, sooner. If I know anyone has been to a show/gig I am always waiting for a post to see how it's all gone so sorry for the delay. We had a great day in Coventry. Never having been to the city before I wasnt sure what to expect. It is certainly a mix of old and new buildings. The theatre is in a very pleasant location and its foyer one would feel more than comfortable just popping in for a coffee. We went to an afternoon performance which for me never seems to have quite the same buzz as an evening performance but those actors on stage certainly created a buzz ( and us three had a buzz of our own too). I am not sure what the differences are to last years show ( which I loved too) but this from the beginning felt tighter more dynamic and bursting with even more energy. There was no clothes rail on the stage ( which foxed me before) and a different curtain ( not sure what it is called)too making the show feel different from the start. I loved the new Ren. He bought something else to the part. Gareth was absolutely great. He did play more guitar and more piano ( at the front piano) showing off his talents more clearly. Him singing Mamma says has to be the highlight of the show. Gareth seems to ooze his enjoyment of performing it. His voice sounded very good indeed. The audience were up on their feet at the end and I think everyone left singing ' Footloose' to themselves. We did go to the stage door and Gareth came out quite soon after. He was dressed in black gymwear . He was just so lovely in having photos etc taken with everyone, even though the guy who plays the Reverand ( who Gaŕeth was obviously going to eat/ to the gym with) carried on without him. It was a great day and seeing Gareth in shows like this makes me realise he was born to perform. Long may it continue.
  25. Thank you for your very detailed report Linda. I'm so glad you all enjoyed the show yesterday. I did think about you all during the day and wished I was there with you.
  26. Thanks very much Linda for your in depth report , which I found very interesting , best review of Footloose that I have read
  27. What a fantastic detailed review. Thank you. I enjoyed the show very much and yours and Chris's company.
  28. Absolutely brilliant review and so very detailed, a big thank you.
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