The Joy of Richard


I was feeling a little blue earlier. And so I decided to look up the CATS rehearsal videos from 1994, shot at the New London Theatre in the West End. I love watching young Richard, all of 22, dancing up a storm. Surely, the quality of the images is not great, a bit of a blur; but I can still recognize him. The height, of course. The profile. Those big, beautiful hands. The thighs. You are a very distinctive-looking fellow, dear Richard.

And as I watched it, I could feel the interior smile beginning and spreading to the outside.

I felt what I can only describe as joy.

Thank you, Richard.
P.S. if you have any trouble picking him out, here’s a hint. Ponytail. πŸ˜‰

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I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. When I first discovered this over at Frenz’s I have to admit that I became quite obsessed with it (and the other three) for two to three weeks, watching them on an almost daily basis (a bit like TH trailer!) That compulsion eased off thank goodness but I enjoy revisiting sometimes for the same reason you mentioned..for the joy that watching Richard dance brings me.

    • I had the same initial obsession. I had wanted for so long to see Richard dance (other than those wonderful balletic moves he made as Lucas and Porter in particular) and so it was like a dream come true. I watched it again a little while ago (on RealPlayer!) I do wish it was a better image quality, but beggars can’t be choosers. I love the economy of his movement, the grace and athleticsm. At the same time, I am really glad he decided to pursue a career in acting, as I would likely have never seen him perform . . . and he’s too wonderful of an actor to waste that talent.

      • I’m glad he chose to pursue acting too! Otherwise I never would have seen him in anything. But I’m glad he had such a varied training (playing instruments, dancing, singing, acting). He’s a bit of a renaissance man and that’s no mean feat in the 21st century!

          • I think those killer thighs kinda give it away too! Just wish the clips had been clearer, though! They really strain the eyes – but he’s worth it!! πŸ™‚

            • Yeah, the quality of the video leaves a lot to be desired but that hasn’t kept me from viewing it repeatedly. πŸ˜€

              From the moment he hops up on the stage, I just can’t take my eyes off of him, killer thighs and all. *thud*

          • I’ve watched it so much, that at any given time I know exactly where he is on the stage, even in the dress rehearsal. Full costume doesn’t disguise him, if anything it enhances his killer thighs and lovely tush. His build reminds me of that of male ballet dancers, with their muscular, well developed backsides.

            • He makes one gorgeous feline. πŸ˜€ Speaking of that dancer’s body,I loved Guy’s leathers, but his S3 costume managed to really emphasize his “lovely tush” the way the jacket curved over it along with emphasizing the breadth of his shoulders and narrow waist, and then those trousers were delicious. Loved them and the Floppy Black Pirate Shirt. Hmmmm. Future post . . . discussion of Leathers vs. Milanese Costume πŸ˜‰ All part of the joy of Richarding!

  2. I’ve been watching this over and over since I saw your link. He is adorable. All that grace, strength and male beauty. I wish somewhere, somehow we could see a copy of his whole performance.

    • It’s funny but that seems to be the effect on almost every RA fan when you first see the Cats rehearsal vids. You just keep going back and watching again and again. I suppose that is in part due to the fact we’ve never gotten to see him dance in any of his roles, and it’s also fun to see Richard in the early days of his career.But most of all, it’s the sheer joy and bliss, I think, of seeing this young man perform. Yes, grace, strength and male beauty indeed. I, too, wish there was a full performanve video (and preferably one that is better quality).

      • I just can’t believe how easily I can pick him out in those awful videos. Does that mean I’m watching too many hours of Richard? I have never enjoyed studying anything so much!!!

        • I’m not sure what it says about me, either. I can also immediately tell the difference between a head shot of Lucas in a dress shirt and JT in a very similar.shirt.

          The joys of Richard and Richarding.:)

          And I know I would never watch such a lousy video repeatedly if RA wasn’t in them. *sigh*

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