I have to agree. The whole thing felt completely uninspired. It’s a favorite of mine and I’ve never been disappointed in or bored by a production— until now. There’s nothing new or even exciting here. Just Hugh Jackman. Playing Hugh Jackman. That’s not quite enough. And the added and extended dance numbers add nothing to the story and grow tiresome midway through the second act.
How they could screw this up is beyond me. It just feels like a missed opportunity. What could have been gumbo or a robust minestrone is cream of potato.