Hadden-Paton’s performance has grown from very good in previews to not-to-be-missed nowadays. Not only is the wit impeccably there, his 11:00 number, « I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face, » with its jagged, heartfelt, furious tones, is a master class in acting a song.
The odd Bartlett Sher ending is still an unjusified concession to political correctness (would we want Rosalind to slug Orlando instead of marrying him in As You Like It?). But it’s ignorable.
And La Benanti is goddess-like in her beauty, her singing, and the delight she brings to Eliza’s learning. (Cockney was a bit off when I saw it, I thought, and her face and clothes were not nearly as gritty as those I’d’ve thought someone at that end of the socio-economic scale would have.)
But....quibbles. Return to it, if you only saw early Hadden-Paton with Lauren Ambrose. This is now a quite moving odd-love story.