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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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3.0 star rating D. Whelen from Boston, Massachusetts

SO-SO

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.

2.0 star rating Mike from Boston, Massachusetts

GOOD, NOT GREAT

This is my 4th performance, Toronto (1989), London (2012, 2014). Not the best of the 4. The performers are all talented, sadly they sung almost every song at a pace a beat or two faster than any of the previous performances I've seen as if they had someplace else to be and needed to get this done. So whomever is coaching/directing these very talented performers didn't slow them down, and maybe felt like an up tempo rendition was overdue. Many of the songs lyrics weren't even clear or understandable and I've listened to many renditions literally hundreds of times. Too bad, I hope these performers get better direction as they hone their careers.

3.0 star rating 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.

1.0 star rating John Michael from Boston, Massachusetts

DISAPPOINTING

Friday, April 19 was a disappointing evening. It was my 7th (or 8th?) performance of Lez Miz. The actors were suitable, but their performance fell short of previous shows I've seen in both Boston and NYC. The staging was adequate but was lacking in terms of the circular, revolving stage in older performances. Les Miz is a remarkable piece of theater. Les Miz Boston 2019 was a mere shadow of the original: reinterpreted scenes (Valjean's death scene; Empty Chairs; Turning; etc.) Friends who have seen the new production agree with me. One final note: the decorum of the audience that night was deplorable. I had the feeling with were at a rock concert with the shouting, cheering, whooping.

2.0 star rating Susanna from Knoxville, Tennessee

OK

I have seen many other plays in various locations, including New York and London, but this was the first time I have been to Les Miserables. While I knew a little of the story line and music prior to the performance, I was unfamiliar with the plot. The music was beautiful, but I found it very difficult to follow because I could not understand the words the performers were singing. I wanted to leave at intermission, but we had paid top dollar. We were sitting close to the front, but I still could not see the singers at times because they some of them crawled on the floor as they sang, which I found very unusual. I would recommend anyone seeing this play for the first time watch the movie ahead of time.

1.0 star rating Owen f. from Los Angeles, California

MISERABLE

Sentimental and lacking. Paper thin characters who don't convince. No amount of lighting, pretty theatrical sets or great singing can help a musical which has lost its direction. The characters don't change, the lyrics are hard to understand, the story is misshapen, spanning decades in a confusing time-line. We sat up close and it didn't help. My family all agreed. Victor Hugo would have walked out if he could. I only wish I had paid for bad seats so I could not be so close to such poor drama. Maybe the original production was better, but not this touring version.

4.0 star rating from Los Angeles, California

SOLID AS A WHOLE WITH SOME WEAKNESSES

Thankfully, Javert and Valjean shine. "Bring Him Home" was stellar. Marius and Cosette likewise were fantastic. Thénardiers were ok, though he was quite hard to understand half the time. The only low point was Fantine. Applause for "I Dreamed A Dream" was tepid at best, and understandably so. Very pitchy, unfortunately. Perhaps it was an off performance for Mary Kate Moore? I saw the original B'way production a few months into its run, and I have to admit I miss the circular, rotating stage. I also don't recall the lighting design being so DARK! But perhaps it was, and my memory has faded.

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