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Rachel from Charlotte, North Carolina
SAVE YOUR MONEY AND WATCH THE MOVIE
We saw the Charlotte, NC production on 10/30/19. Overall this performance of “Les Miserables” had no heart. Yes, the actors had lovely voices but the acting lacked a true connection with the emotion of the characters as well as with the audience. The first part of the show felt frantic and rushed. Jean Valjean was very difficult to understand and his physical acting was odd. If I wasn’t already familiar with the show and lyrics I’m sure I would have left frustrated by how many actors I simply could not understand. I saw a smaller community production of the same show years ago and it made me tear up with emotion several times. I experienced none of that with this production. It felt like the actors were just trying to showcase their talent in a prideful way. I also did not appreciate the crassness that was added to the production. I understand that “Master of the House” is meant to convey the base nature of those characters but it felt like there were references scattered throughout the show that weren’t necessary and just felt like a way to get some cheap and easy laughs without having to try very hard. Sorry, but middle school was a long time ago for most of us who saw the show and frankly, those penis jokes weren’t amusing back then.
Scot Ashton from Columbus, Ohio
COLUMBUS OHIO BROADWAY SERIES “LES MIS”
Out of tune , over singing , dropped phrases, clipped phrases, poor diction, voices forced and pinched in all ranges... poor balance between pit and stage, rhythms messed up... If you want to hearforced singing ruining voices this is your show . How many times can a singer be forced to belt a straight tone followed by vibrato and yet another phrase ruined by intonation problems? This is Les Mis 5 for us and it reeked. The gentleman who played Jean Val Jean was the exception as he was superb and sensitive and emotional. He had the breath support for high notes and he flipped in the head voice with such ease that it could take your breath away. He was the diamond behind this chunk of coal. Whatever he is doing with this cast I hope he finds his way to better places because he deserves it. Inconsistent accents of American and British Robbed the listener of wit and poignant moments so available in the writing and yet so overlooked by the worst direction of this production. Sad!
Tom from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NOT A VERY GOOD EXPERIENCE
Very dark lighting, sat 15 rows from stage and still could not see expressions on actors faces. Voice quality of actors poor. You should not be ready to call your uber before first intermission....
Sally from Sarasota, Florida
DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY
Was so looking forward to seeing this, but was very disappointed. Performers who screamed over the orchestra, poor diction, and way too long. Was tempted to leave at intermission,.
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