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Les Miserables Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 190

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3.0 star rating Elly Harper from Denver, Colorado

LES MIX DENVER

Okay, first of all, was about the 10th time seeing this play. We brought our two grandsons to enjoy this spectacular musical. Too bad the lyrics were rushed and the lighting was very poor. They knew the plot, etc, but couldn't understand a word, especially in the first act. I would have the pacing of the lyrics more defined, the actors facing the audience so we could at least see, if lighted enough, what they were trying to sing. Emphasis of lyrics in many of the songs was misplaced and the spotlight words were garbled. Cast was good, but they are only as good as directed. It hurts to write this note, but that's the way I feel.

3.0 star rating Lynne from Denver, Colorado

LES MISERABLES

It was ok. We were in 7 th row. Center. But it was too loud and you really couldn’t understand lyrics. So that made it distracting. Solos were great since you could understand them. The smoke smell was bad in the second half We ate at the limelight and it was absolutely horrible. For 100 dollars it was a total waste. All in all not a great experience. We will try another play this holiday season.

3.0 star rating Andie Ptak from Seattle, Washington

POOR SOUND DESIGN SPOILED THE SHOW

To start, I last saw this show from G-center with the original Broadway cast, so this production had a tough act to follow, but I knew that going in. As with many other reviewers, I found this production to be marred by poor sound design—specifically for numbers that were backed by full, loud orchestration. That meant that the large chorus numbers and most of the men's numbers were nearly unintelligable. Thankfully, the wonderful solo ballads by the highly skilled performers accompanied by softer orchestration were wonderful. Eponine's "On My On" and Fontine's "I Dreamed a Dream" were, of course, particular stand-outs, as was "Bring Him Home." It's a shame that so much of the show was so hard to hear. I highly recommend that anyone who has tickets listen to the cast album in its entirity BEFORE you go. I wish I had pulled my vintage vinyl out of the stacks and done so.

3.0 star rating D. Bissonnette from Madison, Wisconsin

GREAT VOICES ...LIGHTING, TOO DARK!

This was my third time seeing Les Mis. I know that nothing will ever compare with the first time in Chicago in the late 80's. I cannot fault the singing. the voices were terrific but if I had not already known the story, I would not have gleaned it from the words and actions I observed. The stage was very dark without good spotlighting of those who were singing or where the action was actually taking place. The songs seemed rushed and the words frequently garbled. And where was Gavroche's "little people" song? We ate at the downtown Eno Vino. It was great!

3.0 star rating Loyal Proctors Patron from Valley Falls, New York

IT WAS OKAY BUT NOT AS GOOD AS I EXPECTED

I saw Les Miserables Saturday night at Proctors in Schenectady NY. It was good but disappointing. I had seen it a few years ago at Proctors and it was fantastic. This time around it was only okay. The music seemed off tempo. Some of the actors were lackluster. I agree with another reviewer who said they had a hard time understanding the songs even though I’ve listened to them many times. It just felt that the whole performance was off. Sad because it is one of my favorite shows. I won’t see again if this is the kind of performance it will be.

3.0 star rating from Little Rock, Arkansas

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I've never had such trouble understanding the words in a musical at Robinson. I've heard from several friends who have said the same thing. The problems were not isolated to the performance in Little Rock. Here's a quote from an October review of the Hartford, CT performance by the same touring company: "I also had some issues with the sound designed by Mick Potter. I know the lyrics of much of the show, but I had a lot of trouble understanding much of what I did not remember from the recording....I would expect flawless sound overall for a national tour." The lights, staging, and singing were outstanding. But we did not fully experience the performance because of the poor quality sound. With this tour's ongoing problems, they should have found a solution or projected the text.

3.0 star rating Liz from Boston, Massachusetts

HARD TO FOLLOW THE STORY

I have seen Les Mis twice in London, and I found this show very hard to follow. Several of the actors seemed to overplay the dramatics and breathlessness of parts of the story and the lyrics were lost. I don't think it was because it was too loud, as other reviewers have indicated, although a fellow theatre goer did make exactly that comment as we were leaving. I am listening to the original cast right now, and it is SO much easier to hear the words. Overall, it's a good show, and I liked the staging and lighting. Other people in the audience seemed to love it, so maybe it's just me!

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