Heard eerily the same report from someone else, and opined that many issues are invariably traced to the Furth book, which hasn't aged well. Switching out the genders doesn't necessarily correct the sitcom elements; it only refurbishes them. I've seen every major iteration but this one, including the original. And I own both the first text and second. I'd invite anyone to re-read it. I don't see how simply gender-reversing characters necessarily makes the piece -- or its characters -- work better. The problem was never the non-linear nature of the book; that is not the debate. It was the TV feel to a lot of the writing of individual scenes. I know that Sondheim took pen to paper on Furth's work. But those couples still arrive with their 70s sitcom cuteness. I have dearly loved the show and its score, but it seems dishonest to pretend the book lands as solid in 2019. For what it's worth, to my ear, the lyric changes don't all feel comfortable, and Joanne's 11th hour rue still feels period-specific.