Sara from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
If you're looking for an over-the-top sensory assault like TSO, this is not the show for you. This is, however, an outstanding concert with top-notch musicians and beautiful renditions of Christmas classics and original compositions.
Ashley from Kenosha, WI
My husband and I, with a few of our friends, went to see the show and weren’t that impressed. I expected it to be more of a Christmas show. They played some Christmas songs, but some I didn’t recognize. The weird NASA video in the very beginning was strange and had nothing to do with Christmas. There were many other weird videos playing behind them on the screen which I felt took away from watching their performance. The videos were old and outdated. It was an ok night, but will probably never pay to see them again. I’ll just stick to listening to their CDs because I enjoy that more than seeing them live, unfortunately.
Robert from Jackson, Mississippi
I was disappointed in the performance. The musicians were ok, but this was billed as a Christmas performance. They only played a few Christmas songs and I am not sure what the other songs were about. The video footage behind the band had little to do with Christmas for most of the show. Very disappointed.
from Providence, Rhode Island
Saw this group in Providence last night. Our first time seeing, we had high expectations based on their reputation. Agree with many above re the head scratching NASA opening, dated video behind during many of the songs, and lack of engagement with the audience. There were a few songs that sounded amazing, and during these the performers seemed much more energized, but during others they had pretty low energy and appeared bored. The violinist was highlight of the show. Also liked some of the lighting affects and the setting--Providence Performing Arts Center--is always beautiful. Glad we went (as always wanted to see them) but would not go again.
S. doherty from Portland, Oregon
I found the severely dated videos/lightshow arrangement to be woefully annoying. Nothing made sense and the quality of the visuals were horrid. It was confusing, as if someone found a stash of unrelated 1980 videos and threw them in for background activity. It's unfortunate as the live music was delightful but between the videos and odd intrusive light show it took away from the musicians and concert. I witnessed other audience members covering their faces with their show programs and hoped nobody was going to be triggered into a seizure by the random flashing lights. My ticket was $65. I hope the producers of this program use some of that money and HIRE a professional artist to update their program and save their reputation/future.
James from Wilmington, Delaware
We were disappointed and left wanting after seeing Mannheim Steamroller at the Grand in Wilmington, Delaware. For those who are expecting a TSO type performance, is was not a close comparison. The quality of the the music was good in a low key type fashion, but the visuals in terms of musician performance and the video backdrops were downright poor. Was expecting much more.
Rapidsrider from Grand Rapids, Michigan
We saw/heard this show in Grand Rapids, MI, leaving at intermission. We were most disappointed. The musicians appeared bored and did not engage with the audience on any level, We found the music artificial, plastic, and "pretend." We have heard Mannheim Steamroller before and have several recordings, but this was just painful to observe and hear. The only bit of relief was the University of Michigan Men's Chorus (we think) which was wonderful, but too brief.
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