The stairs themselves served as both entrances and exits for the cast, while also leading the way to the band's area, a clever integration that blurred the lines between performance and accompaniment. The band mostly remained visible, occasionally obscured by drawn blinds that cleverly transformed into projection screens. Among the many memorable moments, one stood out like a nostalgic dream. Tal Rosner, the video designer, created a 'lullaby light show,' evoking the soothing visuals of childhood music boxes. Gentle stars and moons gracefully pirouetted around the stage, filling it with a sense of wonder and tenderness.
Now, onto the play itself. It was an emotional maelstrom, a relentless barrage of emotions. By the final curtain call, there wasn't a dry eye in the house, even the cast were teary eyed for the final bows. The emotional impact of the poignant and triggering moments was heightened by their artistic staging, seamlessly woven into Tom Kitt's music and Brian Yorkey's lyrics.