At The Stage Door in 2014: featuring Billy Elliot (Dean Maynard), Top Hat (Matthew Caputo & John McManus) &, of course, a whole lot of the Cats UK & Europe (& now London Palladium) Cast, with special mentions to Dawn Williams, Ben Mundy, Adam Lake, Cassie Clare &, of course, my Carbucketty: the incomparable Joel Morris. Thank you to all the amazing, talented, lovely people who helped make the year so very special! 2014 saw some changes to At The Stage Door, with Matthew Caputo, Cassie Clare, Adam Lake and Benjamin Mundy leaping, pirouetting, tap dancing smiling and singing their ways onto their own pages (see: The People or click the names) and of course into the Dream Cast, with a whole host of the UK Tour/Palladium Jellicles also joining them in the dream cast too, I was reunited with my Dream Cast's Skimbleshanks John McManus for the first time in four years, new stories were added to my book and many, many new photographs were added to all the pages on this site. But of course, 2014 was really The Year Of Carbucketty: I said goodbye to Joel Morris as CB in April (cried through all Act Two) and went on to meet two fabulous new Carbuckettys in the forms of Ryan Gover and Dane Quixall. And then, just when I thought I couldn't be any happier...guess who came back to the Cats tour? I danced in the foyer of the Birmingham Hippodrome and cried through all of Act One because Joel was back! And as if there wasn't enough Carbucketty-ness in my life I went to see Top Hat, to see former understudy Carbucketty Matthew Caputo dance up a storm (he kind of stole my heart)! Between Cats, Top Hat & a few trips to see Billy Elliot again before Dean Maynard left in May, 2014 had A LOT of theatre in it, but as magical as the theatre always is, it wouldn't have been even half as fun without the gorgeous people who I was lucky enough to get to know: so thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to John McManus, Dean Maynard, Matthew Caputo, Dawn Williams, Cassie Clare, Benjamin Mundy and Adam Lake, as well as ALL of you UK Tour/London Palladium Jellicles who have made me smile so very much this year. And, I don't normally like to play favourites, but I have to make an exception just this once: thank you, so very much, Joel Morris, because I don't think I have ever danced, smiled or cried so much simultaneously as I have this year, and this is almost entirely down to you. There are not enough thank yous or superlatives to describe any of these fantastic people whose talent and whose gorgeous souls have helped me make so many great memories this year; I don't think I have ever had so very much fun, not even at the theatre. And, if any of them should be reading this, I would like them to know that I don't say you're amazing just because, I say it because I mean it and I wish you all all the best for 2015.
So, Happy New Year everyone from At The Stage Door - here's to hoping for some more adventures to tell you all about in 2015.
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