Thank you for the review, but I have to draw attention to two notes you make. If you're going to state that the director "made sure her cast puts clarity ahead of vocal gymnastics," perhaps give an example that showcases this, rather than the opposite. You write that "This is the rare Les Miz in which every word of every lyric is audible," (though in the two touring productions I've seen, this wasn't rare, but the norm) citing "...Kretzmer's lyrics are downright silly -- he rhymes 'high society' with 'apple-piety'...". Except, he doesn't. The actual lyrics reference "humble piety" rather than "apple-piety" in that moment. Gavroche's lines in that song are:
"This is my school, my high society
Here in the slums of Saint Michele
We live on crumbs of humble piety
Tough on the teeth, but what the hell!"
When sung (or heard) correctly, the lyrics aren't as silly.
Also, in every other production, when Javert dons a disguise to infiltrate the student rebellion, he is not "exposed by nemesis Valjean," as you state, but by Gavroche (he has a little song about it and everything). This latter comment is nitpicky, I admit, but you make a point to emphasize the clarity the director brings to the production, and yet, clearly, not everything came across.
Full disclosure, I did not see this particular production; however, if they actually had Gavroche sing the words "apple-piety" and had Valjean expose Javert (in place of Gavroche), that would be taking liberties with the lyrics and show beyond their right, which would be disappointing.