Ford’s Theatre, Washington DC
2017-04-14 • 19:30

An absolutely thrilling production. Apart from the trite staging gimmick of having the cast warm up on stage before the performance started and observe from the sides as in a Bartlett Sher production, there was little that I didn’t love.

The onstage orchestra was out of this world. The trumpet and trombone players, in particular, were outstanding and gave me goosebumps throughout the performance.

Kevin McAllister gave a wonderful performance as Coalhouse — more nuanced than most. Nova Y. Payton played Sarah with gusto, even though her voice erred a little bit too much into Effie White territory at times. Tracy Lynn Olivera, DC’s resident diva, managed to bring subtlety to the part of Mother. But no performance came close to matching that of Jonathan Atkinson as Tateh.

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