Despite so many characters and the historical details that must be attended to, A Tale of Two Cities is never hard to follow, and its cast, many of them Broadway veterans, is by and large outstanding. First praise here must go to Barbour, who perfectly embodies the jaded, world-weary Carton, whose love for Lucie ultimately lifts him to redemption through self-sacrifice; both his acting and his singing are superb, especially on the powerful I Can’t Recall. Second to be acclaimed is Toro, simply riveting as Madame Defarge, granted one of the show’s most instantly memorable numbers, Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Rush looks beautiful and sings well; her big solo, Without a Word, is certainly well rendered, but although her character requires a solo, its placement late in Act II seems to hold up the action a bit.
James Barbour in the Asolo’s A Tale of Two Cities.