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Les Miserables Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.5 Stars)

Number of reviews: 97

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1.0 star rating Sonja from Toledo, Ohio

LES MISERABLES 2019 TOUR IS JUST AWFUL

I have seen this play several times and marvel at the different creative choices of each production company. Unfortunately, the directors for this version absolutely ruined this play. I was told (whilst complaining) that the dark lighting was a director's choice to bring "more grit and a freshness" to the play. The lighting choice made it difficult to see the performances. The actor's aren't just singing, they are performing and there are facial expressions and gestures that aid the storing telling-- 100% of that is lost here. You can barely see the actors. No admiring the sets. No admiring the costumes. No astonishment over the grand spectacular of live theater. Save your money and stream the sound track while you let moonlight stream through your blinds. The story is too complex for this kind of lighting. It would work in a smaller more intimate theater and a more streamlined plot. I just thought it was awful. Sorry I wasted the money and the time going to this version.

2.0 star rating Sharie Webber from Dunstable, Massachusetts

LES MIS BOSTON 2019

I rarely make any negative public reviews of shows having been part of the theater world myself in the past, but I must say I was so VERY disappointed overall. Other than Jean Valjean, (who gave one of the VERY best theatrical performances I've EVER seen) , there were a number of issues & production choices that truly effected the show the biggest being the pace at which the performers acted. For most of the production it was impossible to understand what was being due to speed. Even with it being my 5th time seeing this live (my daughters first, knows the plot very well from the movie) we found ourselves reaching to find what was being said. Actors who were dying on stage seemed more focused on gasps of breath to show they were dying vs being immersed in the moment Lighting was also terrible (we were only 18 rows back & couldn't see most of the show believe it was a production choice not tech). Very little emotion, connection from actors elicited no emotion from the audience.

5.0 star rating Tara from Boston, Massachusetts

ONE OF THE BEST

Saw Les Mis last night in Boston. It was simply fantastic. I was in tears with the last scene. The music, the staging, the acting and singing were spot on. One of the best performances I have seen on stage, and I have seen quite a bit! Wish I could see it again! We were in the balcony and nothing was lost to us...I prefer closer seating in general, but with this powerful show, it did not matter.

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!

5.0 star rating Karen Brown from Boston, Massachusetts

THOSE VOICES!

Just amazing performances from Jillian Butler, Nick Cartell and Joshua Grosso. Honestly have seen this show many times and I believe this cast to be the best. So much talent.

3.0 star rating Nunzio Gregorio from Boston, Massachusetts

FLAWED

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.

3.0 star rating 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.

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