Justin Vivian Bond, Gibson Frazier. Photo: Richard Termine.
The music by Mr. Sheik (SPRING AWAKENING) is largely forgettable, apart from a ballad sung in the second act by the Widow Begbick. Ironically, the best number, another ballad, is not in the show itself, but was cut from the second act and is being presented by Mr. Bond during the intermission. I don’t recall ever seeing a show in which a song found extraneous during the action was considered too good to throw away entirely, thereby prompting its separate performance. This, of course, is appropriate to the alienation effect, but what it’s intended to get us thinking about (other than its odd placement) remains as muddy as so much else in the production.
Steven Skybell, Jason Babinsky, Justin Vivian Bond, Gibson Frazier, Martin Moran. Photo: Richard Termine.