From this article at Playbill.com:
"The bigger surprise [this week] was perhaps The Adding Machine, a small-scale piece which came out of Chicago, a city no one looks to for new musicals."
Read the whole article for the complete context, but I did not smell much irony in his speech.
Really? Is that how we're viewed from the Ivory Tower of Manhattan? I beg to differ, Mr. Simonson (email@example.com).