To be honest...
I wasn't going to see the musical again for a long time, I had
told myself. But this 10th anniversary... I could not afford to
miss it of course!
When me and my friends arrived at the Dominion Theatre (stage
door) it was only after 10 minutes Brian arrived. It had to be
this way. He did some signing and pictures and finally after all
those years I got a posed picture of myself with Brian. He put
his hand on my shoulder and tapped it a few times. I had hoped
he would say: "Thanks for your support RIEN", but of
course my hopes were too high on this one. But I think he
recognizes our group. He does recognize others so I keep this
fantasy that he knows us too :-)
For quite some time
we sat at the bar opposite the back entrance to keep an eye on
big cars who might bring Roger Taylor to the theatre. Soon I
heard that he was already inside. We met a lot of friends at the
theatre and that is always great.
The show itself was a little bit of a let down because I just
have that first cast in mind. They created the personas and they
played with such energy - every night. Of course this cast did
their utmost too. Pop was great, Killer Queen, Khashoggi. But
this Galileo just isn't my cup of tea, he has a great voice
though. I just can't let go of Tony Vincent, Hannah J Fox,
Sharon D Clarke and Kerry Ellis. Mazz Murray and Mig were
At the end of the show an image of Freddie appeared and he sang
the last line of Bohemian Rhapsody. It happened so fast that I
missed that image. Most of us did actually.
After the show it was waiting in the cold London temperature
because my friends are eager for autographs. I admit I stay
there to see Brian and Roger of course. Finally at 2.00 AM I
think, a big car was moving to one exit. We followed and Roger
came out of the theatre. He agreed to do autographs and pictures
but told the small group: "let's keep moving". He
wanted to get into the car. I succeeded in having him sign a
drum stick that his son Rufus Taylor had used during the Kerry
Ellis/Brian May Anthems concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Rufus
had signd it already. I got if from a friend as a gift. (Great!)
I asked Roger to put his signature next to his son's, and he did.
Shortly after that Brian left and we shook hands with us and did
some pictures, He looked very tired.
The "meet and greet" was the cherry on the cake as