NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 9:00 PM
The rollicking new production of the 1975 Broadway musical “The Robber Bridegroom” offers numerous delights. One of them is the bluegrassy score by composer Robert Waldman and book and lyric writer Alfred Uhry.
The bouncy music, performed by an onstage band, is just right for a frisky backwoods Mississippi fairy tale packed with mistaken identities, double entendre and goofball antics.
Director Alex Timbers and the design team fashion a cheeky theatrical world out of rustic costumes and simple backdrops and props, just as he did for “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Need a waterfall? Wag a bolt of blue fabric. A forest? Everyone on stage holds a small pine bough. The bric-a-brac-filled set is the perfect arena.
Steven Pasquale does double duty as Jamie Lockhart. By day, he’s a gentleman. By night, in disguise, he’s a bandit. But when he falls for a rich planter’s daughter, Rosamund (Ahna O’Reilly, lovely), Jamie’s separate worlds collide. It’s a joy to hear Pasquale’s boastful bandit sing “Steal with Style.”
Leslie Kritzer’s antics as Rosamund’s scheming step-mother, Salome, is another blast. A fearless comedian, Kritzer rocks a gold tooth, an unchecked libido and a witchy mean streak wider than the Mississippi to steal every scene. That’s saying something, since the rest of the cast playing ne’er-do-wells and knuckleheads are all terrific.