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re: in defense of Michael Hayden (and Sally Murphy)
Posted by: pagates 09:23 pm EDT 04/06/21
In reply to: in defense of Michael Hayden (and Sally Murphy) - Chazwaza 02:16 pm EDT 04/06/21

I wholeheartedly agree. I remain sad that I could only see it once, but deeply grateful that I could see it all. First act from the top of the balcony, but I was able to slide into an empty orchestra seat for the second. His Soliloquy was probably the most deeply moving moment I’ve yet experienced in theater - his acting and singing complemented each other perfectly. I began tearing up as the Soliloquy started and continued sobbing intermittently through the rest of the show. As you say, his performance along with the rest of the cast (and I want to give props to Audra as well) made this a revelatory production. What had, in every other production I’d seen (none in NY) mere treacle, unveiled depths of psychological insight and feeling that I never imagined available in this, or really any, musical.
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