The T/Th/S cast was superb, to a tee. I heard "Barbara Streisand" a couple of times when Dolly Levi went on in her rapid fire way; but, not when she sang her numbers - I didn't want to, Jennifer Hohl was doing just fine, thank you very much.
Barnabe and Cornelius were the bumbling fools (like they were written) - and quite believable; Irene and Minnie Fay were poised and wonderfully costumed; Horace was the pompous, flustered, weak soul that he should have been, and must be forgiven when the script required that unbelievable "U-turn" so fast you loose your false teeth; but, the director and Ermengarde chose an unusual interpretation of the character too infantile (and a bit annoying) for my tastes.
Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.”
None-the-less every single character sang with voices that should, but for chance alone, be singing on Broadway. And you know the musical score (you've been humming them for years) - not a "clinker" among the lot.
The staging and choreography were excellent (even though they didn't use all the fancy hydraulics) and done with innovation, while still keeping to the dignity of a classic.
And one of the best things about the performance was that the "punk rocker" audio-person must be on summer holiday, our ears didn't bleed from the decibels like they have on past occasions - and there was no screaming! The actors managed to get their point across without it!
All in all - this kind of experience is why we keep buying season tickets!