Stalked the NYC Les Miserables Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater today. I got there around 3ish, and chilled for a couple of hours with some nice fellow fans, some who were mainly there for Hugh Jackman and had met him before. Initially I was worried about the weather b/c it had been raining pretty heavily earlier but the fans and I lucked out with the weather and it didn’t rain for the rest of the evening.
Red carpet arrivals began at 6ish with Aaron Tveit [Enjolras] arriving first, he vanished briefly to do some press stuff I think but then crossed the street to sign autographs/take some pictures. Unfortunately, he was too far away from where I was in the barricades and was escorted away by his handlers to do more red carpet stuff. [Actually a friend and I joked, WE SHOULD KNOCK DOWN THESE FAN BARRICADES IN THE SPIRIT OF THE MUSICAL AND THE BOOK ROFL. Of course that actually didn’t happen but was an amusing thought ^^;;] I think Samantha Barks [Eponine] arrived second, and I was only able to snap quick shot of the back of her before she also vanished from our view, to do press stuff and we didn’t see her again until she was on the red carpet.
Daniel Huttlestone [Gavroche] and Isabelle Allen [young Cosette] arrived next and HRGHHHH these two were just too adorableeee. I was able to get Daniel’s autograph and he mistakenly wanted to give me his pen though I told him it wasn’t mine and actually belonged to his handler who took it back for him XD I was too far away for Isabelle to sign my Les Mis book but she was adorable too and it was really sweet how her family looked on and seemed super proud of her :3
Eddie Redmayne [Marius] came next and while he waved to us, but it seemed he was immediately whisked away to red carpet stuff so he couldn’t cross the street. Amanda Seyfried [Cosette] arrived, and she crossed to sign autographs and take a few photos but once again I was too far away from the section where she was doing this and left before she could reach me.
Then the director Tom Hooper came and things got a little crazy. He was actually about to leave right when he got to me and I thought “NOOOOOOOO DON’T LEAVEEE YETTT.” but Hallelujah he commented that he would sign one last autgraph and noticed my Les Mis book in hand and said, “Oh, I’ll just sign this last book,” and I was saveeddddd. I was like “OHMIGOD THANK YOU SO MUCH MR. HOOPER” and then he left.
Though, of course complete pandemonium ensued when Hugh Jackman [Jean Valjean] arrived, but since I’ve met him before [but didn’t get his autograph since I gave my signed playbill to a friend] I took more a backseat. He did sign my book though and I thanked him. What was great was that Mr. Jackman was one of the few to start in the middle of the crowd, finish all the way to one side, but then head back to finish up the other line. Mrs. Jackman, Debra was also quite lovely and conversed with several of the fans at the barriacade as her husband signed :D I opted to take a video of this instead of a picture and recorded the ensuing pandemonium haha.
Sacha Baron Cohen [Thenardier] arrived next, and he also took his time signing autographs. After he signed, I noticed that he autographed partly over Tom Hooper’s autograph, so now they’re kind of weirdly melded together in one corner of both autographs ahahaha xD Anne Hathaway [Fantine] arrived next and while she was too far away from me to sign my book, she did sign autographs for some people. Russell Crowe [Javert] came next and he was actually a bit quiet, seemingly focused on signing as many autographs as he could. After signing as many as he could, Mr. Crowe actually came back to give a fan a sharpie back that he initially had borrowed :3
At one point Cameron MacKintosh and Kevin Durand made an appearance Mr. MacKintosh didn’t get a chance to sign my book but it was nice that he made an appearance So, while it would have been nice to get the whole cast, I was definitely more than pleased with the ones I got :D Overall, a great experience :3