I was sitting there yesterday thinking thank goodness the male ensemble didn't look as young as in the last cast!
I'm pleased she's got the lead this time, I saw her on as the understudy on the last tour & thought she was good then.
Goodness, yes! The volume seems to have been notched up since last time. Parts of the opening few minutes were painful to the ear & I felt the floor vibrating a few times!
I saw very few signs of any discernable acting, he just seemed to be looking saturnine throughout. I think he might have smiled once! His vocals were okay but sounded like he was at the limit a few times. I also found some of his vowel sounds to be very ugly e.g. "She's not coming back to yaow". I also think the stubble is a mistake as his beard looks to be greyer than his hair so it makes him look even more too old for the role than he is already.
I felt Madalena was slightly over-acting at the start & trying to act a bit too girlishly. I imagine that's the sort of thing that will probably settle down with performance time.