QUOTE(Rosie @ Feb 16 2007, 12:52 AM)
I saw it last night, asked one of the ushers, he told me Connie didn't do the matinee either, she's still off. I was mildly disappointed but not too bothered. There were little girls crying all over the place before the show started. One girl was devastated and was repeatedly saying "but you promised" to her Mother. They soon shut up when Sophie Bould started singing, I bet most of them couldn't tell the difference.
Disappointed not to see Lesley Garrett, especially as I was hoping to meet her at the stage door afterwards, I'm a fan of hers. Margaret Preece wasn't that great. The usher told us that Lesley's on a 2 week holiday.
Alexander Hanson was performing, and he was rather good.
I don't necessarily think it's that unusual for the star to do the matinee and the alternate/cover to do the evenings. When Elaine Paige was Norma Desmond, she was scheduled to appear at matinees on Thursdays with Alisa Endsley performing the role of Norma Desmond on Thursday evenings. Presumably it made sense to have the 'star' appearing at matinees where tickets were harder to shift.