Seen in Atlanta, Georgia, May 28, 2008
Lyrics & Music by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by John Doyle
Starring Judy Kaye, David Hess, Keith Buterbaugh, Benjamin Magnuson, Lauren Molina
So after seeing the John Doyle production in New York and finding it the singular best theatre experience I’ve had in years, I was happy as hell to hear it was going out on tour. Because there are many people who need to see this–and if you haven’t, then you’re one of them. I won’t go into too much about the show itself or even this interpretation–because it’s the same show I saw, with the same set, just on tour with a slightly different cast–and you can read my review of that here. But part of what you have to understand is that there’s no orchestra for this production–the cast is also the orchestra. Also, it’s interesting to note that–if I’m remembering correctly–Edmund Bagnell as Tobias is the only cast member to not have come from standby/understudy status on the Broadway revival, or been imported from Doyle’s other recent revival triumph, Company.