Ethel Merman famously ended up "walking through" many performances of Gypsy. Jerome Robbins used to try to get her to give full performance by going backstage before curtain and telling Merman that certain famous people were in the audience. And that would sometimes work. Merman herself admitted that when doing a performance she would often be thinking of something else -- like putting together a grocery list or what she needed at Macy's. You now have two reports of a less-than-attentive performance by Tveit on Wednesday. For me, it looked like he was on auto-pilot -- except for his performance of the final songs. It appeared that he was pulled along through drudgery. It was certainly drudgery to watch.