And now, Claire Sweeney has taken up the challenge. It certainly is a challenge with a deceptively difficult score and a tour-de-force singing role requiring a great deal of vocal stamina. Unfortunately although she has a brave stab, Sweeney does not have the vocal range to do justice to the tricky score. Lyrics are lost in the lower registers and some of the high notes sound very forced. There is also a lot of acting going on when you wish at times the songs could be allowed to speak for themselves.
The production is decent enough but does look a little lost in the cavernous Playhouse. However, the impressive cycle of songs remains in good shape, brushed up to date and reorchestrated.