I went to see Scott Holmes (Tom Hughes, ATWT) in "Evita" at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia in June 2003. Here is my story:
I got the cheapest ticket to the show, so I was in the very last row. It was a full row. The theatre was at least 80% full. They had pictures from the play out front. In the lobby by the ticket window, they had glossies of the three main stars. Scott's was his most recent promo shot from ATWT. He looks very fine in that picture.
There was no curtain on the stage, so the actors came out and started just hanging out on stage. Scott was sitting at a table with another guy and they were joking around about something. And they high-fived each other. Scott really does have a nice smile. Then he stood up and pulled his suspenders up. A girl (his dresser, I guess) came over and handed him his jacket and his gun belt. About that time I realized she was wearing his cap on sideways. He pulled it off her head and put it on.
Then there was an announcement about becoming a patron (of the theatre) from a guy who went up to the rafters on a rope after he was done.
Che came down on this same rope.
I saw "Evita" in college, put on by the Ole Miss theatre department. I don't remember a whole lot about it except that I had a crush on the guy who played Che. This Che did nothing for me. He was okay, but just didn't do it for me. I don't remember the college production being all singing, but this one was. There were very few spoken lines, which meant I got to hear Scott sing alot! And that was awesome! He sang in eight songs. My favorite song that he sang was probably "She Is A Diamond."
I was totally captivated by Scott as Juan Peron. One thing that really made me smile was even though he had his hair all slicked back, when he shook his head vehemently at the officers, his curly hair in the back just flew out. But then it went back in place.
The other big difference between this “Evita” and the one I saw at Ole Miss was they didn't allow them to walk around with little clothing on at Ole Miss. After the opening scene, which starts with the announcement of Evita's death, Scott was offstage for awhile. The next time we saw him he was wearing just socks, boxers, and an undershirt, singing "The Art Of The Possible." He got dressed while he was singing. I wish my friend Jason could have seen that because he can never get his tie right even while standing in front of a mirror and NOT singing.
Juan (Scott) had some romantic scenes with Eva and they were really good together, really believable. Eva was really good, even though it was the understudy. There was also a scene where they were in bed. Juan (Scott) was wearing just pajama bottoms at first and Eva seemed to enjoy running her fingers through his chest hair. They were quite passionate, he would stroke her arms and her legs, and kiss her arms and legs. This was when she was convincing him he could be president ("A New Argentina"). That was the last scene before intermission. They ended with her standing on the bed behind him. He helped her down, then they walked offstage with their arms around each other.
Then in Act II, Juan is in the first scene during "On The Balcony of the Rosada," with his and Eva's kids. He sits down in a chair and the kids hopped onto his lap. And I mean THEY HOPPED! The kids really seemed to like him, but who wouldn't? After that song came the two songs I'm most familiar with from the play, "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," and "High Flying Adored." This Che is just no Scott Holmes. Those of you with the CD, "Leading Men Don't Dance" will know what I mean. So I was thrilled at the end of the play, when Scott sang a verse of "High Flying Adored."
I just can't say enough how great he sang. He was incredible. I hope that (the producers) of ATWT, P&G and CBS got a chance to see him in “Evita.” There were scenes where he was onstage for long periods of time and had to remain motionless or react accordingly. He was flawless. It reminded me of how -- when Scott is on ATWT in the background of a scene -- he never breaks character. He is always, as actors say, "in the moment." He deserves a storyline and I hope they give him one soon.
I waited outside the stage door hoping to see him, but I missed him. It would have been nice to be able to see him up close, since my seat was so far away from the stage, but I really enjoyed myself anyway. And I got to hear Scott sing a lot and see more of him in one night than I can in a whole month of ATWT.
At left is the view from my hotel room. I stayed at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing overlooking the Delaware River. I mention my hotel because --
-- a month later, I was having a pretty crappy day at work. Since I was about to leave that job, I decided to go through my voice mailbox and see if there were any important messages. (I share a phone with several other people, so the light doesn't flash on the phone to let you know you have a message.) The first message was from July 1 at 10:40am:
"Hey, this is Scott Holmes. I just wanted to let you know that I received your letter and your fax (asking to meet him) last night when I got to the theater (June 30th, the night I was there). I called your hotel twice but there was some sort of problem with the phone system. I called again this morning at 10:30, and I was informed that you were not a guest at the hotel (I checked out around 9am). I just wanted to let you know that I did try and get in touch with you, but there was a problem at your hotel. Hope you enjoyed the show. Bye."
That made my day! What a sweet guy!
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