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Les Mis v Phantom – The Reprise

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A charity football match took place between the casts of Les Miserable and Phantom of the Opera last Sunday 11th August at Bromley football club. This post comes a little late, but better late than never I say.

The two teams played in support of Melanie Oakley-Dow, head of wigs at Les Mis who is currently battling cancer and an ex crew member, Alex Bremer who’s 2 year old daughter Lizzy recently lost her fight with Neuroblastoma – a rare and aggressive cancer. Proceeds raised from the event went to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

The event was a huge success and in total raised a staggering £18, 635.10. As well as the money raised from ticket sales, on the day they held a raffle and auction. One generous spectator bid £300 on the football used by and signed by both of the teams. Overall, it was a fun and entertaining day.

The line-up included some celebrity players with Tom Fletcher of McFly fame presenting the trophy to the winning side. Tom’s Sister Carrie, who’s currently playing Eponine in Les Miserables performed an emotional rendition of “You are my Sunshine” which she found very difficult to finish but luckily the crowd were able to lend a hand. Knowing that the song used was played at the funeral of Little Lizzy made it even more poignant.

On the team for Les Mis we had Ethan Bradshaw, Dougie Carter, Lee Dillon-Stuart, James Gant, Gareth Gates, Ricky Green,Dayle Hodge, Danny Jones, Paul Jones, Chris Key, Danny Mac, Tam Mutu, Johnny Purchase, Leo Roberts, Niall Sheehy and Bob Taylor. Mario Falcone from ‘The Only Way is Essex’ pulled out at last-minute due to filming commitments.

Phantom had Chris Barlow, Francis Benali, Ben Brown, Dom Cobby, Peter Dukes, Sam Hiller, Michael Kerry, Tim Laurenti, Ralf Little, Nadim Naaman, Ryan O’Gorman, Simon Prockter, Jeremy Secombe, Richard Shelmerdine, Simon Shorten, Charlie Sims and Simon Thomas. Nothing was said about James Atherton from Hollyoaks but I’m sure he wasn’t there.

The commentary and sound effects added a light-hearted comedy element to the match to remind everyone that it was a bit of fun. One of the best bits was when they taunted Gareth Gates with the well know Will Young song ‘Leave Right now’ when he messed up. Those who don’t understand that joke, Gareth came second to Will Young in Pop idol back in 2002.

My favourite player of the day was Les Mis’ very own Tam Mutu who plays Javert in the Musical. If I didn’t know who he was, I probably would have mistaken him for a professional footballer. The full-time score was 1-1 with goals scored by Phantom’s Ryan O’Gorman and Les Mis’ Chris Key. Les Mis then won 5-4 in a penalty shoot out.

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Wicked and Wild

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Wow! has it really been that long since I last posted? Yet again, there really isn’t any excuse for it so lets crack on. I’m currently listening to Lady Antebellum on my new MP3 player, I decided against getting an overpriced iPod and steered towards the Sony Walkman which seems to do the job well enough for me so now I have something to listen to when travelling to Spain and sitting around the pool.

Apart from the events which have consisted of the consuming of much alcohol I have enjoyed my first ever trip to the musical ‘Wicked’. I was impressed by the amazing set and Matt Willis’s performance of  Fiyero. Considering I was expecting to see Rachel Tucker as the main role of Elphaba I was pleasantly surprised by understudy Nikki Davis-Jones.

Friday night was a little wild. It started with the much-anticipated Lostprophets gig at the Brixton 02 Academy which didn’t disappoint but went far too quick. We moved onto the after show party at Jamm (not the most impressive venue) where the boys were DJing. I must admit, not all the songs they chose to play were to my taste but I was happy they played a couple of tracks by the Prodigy. One band that played there that night stood out for me, a female fronted metal band called ‘Orestea’, the lead singer had awesome blue hair. We left shortly after Lostprophets did. The night went downhill from there when we entered a crappy nightclub in Clapham which cost £10 to get in, we danced to a lot of cheese and I had my drink spilt all over me and whoever was standing nearby by some dude who thought he was the bees knees, needless to say that my friend Mandy stepped in and gave him a mouth full… to be honest, I think I had had a few too many to even care. We still managed to get in around 4 in the morning though so it can’t have been that bad 😛

I have 5 more sleeps until Disneyland Paris and I’m planning on taking many photo’s, some of which I shall post on here, so until then it’s over and out.