|Photo by Ken Howard|
Jefferson Mays, who can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned (his performance in I Am My Own Wife is one of the greatest I've ever seen), plays eight different characters in a goofy romp through Edwardian London. The musical's poverty-stricken hero, Monty Navarro, has found out after his mother's death that he is actually descended from a very well-to-do family. How he decides to pay the family back for their treatment of his mother, and how he decides to take his place at the head of the family, is all part of the fun. Navarro is played by Bryce Pinkham, who I very much enjoyed in The Orphans' Home Cycle a few years ago. He's attractive, sweet, charming, a fine singer and has a rather naughty glint in his eye. Jefferson Mays plays every member of the family on whom Navarro has sworn revenge and he plays each of them spectacularly. Each family member is a singular creation and he plays them all with zeal and a light touch. He is spectacular.