First let me get the negative out of the way because there are so many things to whistle a happy tune about in this production. Porchlight employees a two piano arrangement of the score, with one piano on each side of the stage as what they call a symbolic representation of the meeting of two worlds and that's all very well but it takes out the grandness of the score and serves as a disservice to one of the greatest Rogers & Hammerstein scores that there ever was. Imagine if you have the choice to get tickets to a recital or Chicago Symphony, what would you pick. I'm not sure the reasons why they chose this concept but of all the 20th Century Broadway Composers R & H are known for their lush scores and are probably not the best choices to apply this treatment to.
If you can listen past that the rest of this smart production directed with love and care by L. Walter Stearns who is concluding his eleven-year run as artistic director with this production in order to move to the Mercury Theater, is wonderful. He keeps the scenes moving along and the crafts the performances in a natural way that nothing seems forced.