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.
from Little Rock, Arkansas
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.
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!
Nunzio Gregorio from Boston, Massachusetts
The story is the same but the words and music were not accompanied by the same production touches to make it enjoyable to new viewers. I went with 3 couples that have not seen it before and the word "confusing" was used by most. The production did not use the typical town and years on thee screen to show when 10 years pass. The lighting was very poor and the stage was always dark. You could not see colors of costumes or who was singing. The producers made changes to the sets that were not for the better. Maybe it was the narrow stage of the Opera house. The orchestra was right on and true to the original score. The singers were a mixed bag. Valjean's voice did not have the range to match his age always sounding youthful. Eponine had an unusual voice and I did not feel the emotion her songs typically yield., Marius was fantastic as was Fantine. Les Mis is a classic i'll always enjoy but when asked by my friend where it ranked amongst all i've seen my response was it was last.
Elizabeth from Boston, Massachusetts
ENTERTAINING BUT NOT WOWED
I might be biased having seen it performed 5+ times in London. The actors, especially Jean Valjean and Javert, were wonderful. The stage direction and some of the songs felt so rushed and the lighting was so dark. You’d think France only knew nighttime.
D. Whelen from Boston, Massachusetts
This version lacked the excitement of the older shows. I’ve seen it about 7 times. The sets were sparse, the sound very loud, the comical aspects downplayed, and it felt rushed. As others mentioned it was hard to follow if it was your first time seeing it, which was the case for my friend. Actors voices were very good, and the crowd gave an ovation. Overall it was good, but lacked the wow power of previous version. The lighting is dark at all times, even during less emotional moments and although the story is gritty and bleak, having it all sort of one note in color/lighting/tone doesn’t give the character’s evolutions a way to shine. The story has ebb and flow, but in this version it was like they punched you with every song. Like watching a singing competition rather than a developing plot. And the skimpy barricade was just a shame.
Melissa from Boston, Massachusetts
SONGS WERE TALKED IN PARTS
I’ve seen Les Miserables at least ten times. It’s my absolute favorite. Although I thought the men leads were great, I wasn’t a fan of the way the women sang. I think it was directorial, but I felt like they were talking parts of the best songs in the show. I left disappointed.
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