Feb 23, 2002
March 7-10, 2002
Kevin was just amazing...there really is no other way to say it...He never ceases to amaze me with his talent. I LOVED finally getting the opportunity to see him in a leading role. His Terry was just as I expected him to be - a sleek, shrewd business man, who was pretty stoic throughout most of the show...except during "Private Conversation" when he finally, for a moment, was able to let his guard down.
The introspective solo, that finally allowed us to see Terry's true feelings for Daisy, was a beautiful haunting look in to the tender side of Terry's heart. The look on Kevin's face as Julie's Daisy walked out to him, seducing him with her words was a beautiful and touching moment. He managed to look confused, scared, and vulnerable toward her advances all at the same time. It was wonderful...and on Friday evening, I even saw hints of tears in his eyes as he struggled within himself to fight off her advances. One of the most beautiful moments came when Daisy placed his hand on her left hip (the one that's usually connected to Violet) and he looked up at her. The look on his face was just remarkable....it was the perfect combination of vulnerability and longing...it was just incredible! Another beautiful moment came only once...on Sunday afternoon (or at least I only heard it once) when, between kisses and between lines in the song, Kevin heaved a huge, audible sigh...as if Daisy's advances were just too much for him....I only heard him do it once but I absolutely LOVED it!!
Some of my other favorite moments were moments others might find a little odd. They were tiny moments, but, to me, added so much to the role of Terry. A favorite moment of mine was during "Tunnel of Love". All 5 times I saw it, he delivered his "Oh what the hell, why fight?" line differently. While most actors would probably sing it rather callously (which, in my opinion, would only play up Terry's womanizing side) Kevin, instead, chose to play it more emotionally, as if Terry was finally giving in to his feelings for Daisy. The way he looked at her and eventually leaned over to kiss her made me feel that Terry was really in love with her and not just attracted to her. It was a small line and small actions, but changed the meaning of the scene so much from what I had originally thought just by listening to the cast recording.
And his voice....(Okay, you know his acting must've been superb if I'm all the way down here in the review and I haven't even mentioned his awesome voice yet...) His "Oh no,...I want you alooooooooone" was so powerful and gorgeous that when he finally ended the last note I heard a few sighs in the audience and my hands actually started to shake the way they had after hearing him sing in "1776". He was strong every night, but there was something almost magical in his voice on Friday night that made it sound fuller and stronger...it was definitely the best that I have ever heard. That moment alone was worth the trip to LA. He was also great in "Tunnel of Love" and various other songs but I waited for that "alooooone" every night, it was my favorite part.
Terry was just a wonderful role for Kevin. It was a great opportunity for him to showcase his wonderful acting talents AND his gorgeous voice. I LOVED the show and getting the opportunity to see Kevin as Terry was just beyond wonderful.