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Another report on Merrily - and asking if anyone attended the talkback yesterday afternoon
Posted by: Ann 07:39 am EST 02/10/19

Well, I loved this production. I'm not an expert on the evolution of the show, or the original production. I just love the score and the backwards storytelling (would love to see the play, dammit).

This production is compact and fast-moving. I think the more abstract set works well. I like the not-overused employment of the "rewind" device. There are very clever costuming and other things done to incorporate the multi-tasking cast.

Are these the best singers on a New York stage? No, but they are talented actors and their singing is fine overall. I found the journey (especially age-wise) believable, even with minimal physical changes. The story feels pared, but it works for me. Frank seems more sympathetic in this production.

Of course, just hearing the phenomenal score performed is a delight (I did miss the overture), since I play those iconic 5 notes on my microwave every day.

And, if anyone attended the talkback after yesterday's matinee, I'd appreciate a report.
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