"Does Wonders in Finding an Emotional Continuum"

Mr Hayden’s Hal does wonders in finding an emotional continuum as his character shuttles between his kingly father and Falstaff... Mr. Hayden at last has a leading role to match his memorable Billy Bigelow in the Lincoln Center ‘Carousel.’ It’s a joy to discover he has the chops to translate the same charisma and thoughtfulness into the very different music of Shakespeare.
— Ben Brantley, The New York Times