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Les Miserables Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.5 Stars)

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2.0 star rating Mark R. from Austin, Texas

TECHNICAL SHORTCOMINGS UNDERMINE THE PERFORMANCE

Les Miserables is my favorite musical and I had high expectations for this production at Bass Concert Hall in Austin on 9/10/19. While it was opening night and some things may not have been "dialed in" and worked out, the production value was not on par with any Broadway Across America show I've seen here. Scenery and lighting were so dark that the cast might as well have been performing on an empty stage. Many wonderful effects lost and wasted. The live music was wonderfully performed but was drowning out all of the song lyrics. Every number was rushed, with the words quite difficult to hear and understand (and these are songs I know and love). Had I not seen the musical live, or seen the motion picture version of the musical, I am quite certain that I would not have a clue about the story line or anything going on with any of the characters. I was very disappointed, so disappointed in fact, that I wrote this review during the intermission. Finally, despite the house policies, Bass Concert Hall was allowing a significant number of people to enter and exit the theater throughout the performance. It was completely distracting, especially given the compromised lighting and sound. And the ushers and their flashlights were a significant part of the problem. If you see this show on another night I hope it is improved. It was truly as though there had been no pre-show run through at all. Missed spotlights and terrible sound reinforcement. Standout performances from little Cosette, Cosette, and Marius. A let down from the other leading roles. This production of Les Miserables was WAY MISERABLE and unfortunately a good deal of the let down seems to be from the venue.

2.0 star rating Pete Masters from Austin, Texas

DON’T UNDERSTAND THE HYPE

Having never seen this show before I had let the hype falsely set expectations. The music was good, the actors were difficult to understand, and what I could make out of the story was uninteresting. If you already know the ropes to this musical I suppose it would be enjoyable (the woman next to me hummed the whole thing). Disappointed in it, but maybe it’s a shortcoming if mine. Wouldn’t recommend

2.0 star rating Debbie Brink from Austin, Texas

A DISAPPOINTMENT

I’ve seen Les Mis in NYC, London, and here in Austin years ago previously. I didn’t expect this performance to be as good as the others, and I was still disappointed. The two main male characters rushed their lyrics to the point of not being understandable or on the beat. The actress playing Fontaine sang what should have been the most beautiful song of the show so softly that it fell flat. Frequently the orchestra drowned out the singers’ voices. That being said, the talent of all of the performers certainly seemed ample. It was the direction that was lacking.

2.0 star rating Frustrated from Austin, Texas

TERRIBLE SOUND & LIGHTING

Impossible to understand the singers bc orchestra was too loud and singers were not enunciating. Lighting was much too dark. I knew what was happening bc I've seen it many times on Broadway, but my poor husband was lost. Solos were mostly excellent. Also tempo was sometimes off in non-solo singing, and sometimes notes were changed or not hit. Very disappointing especially for the cost of the tickets. Javert and JVJ were excellent but often unintelligible. Eponine's solo was magnificent, but much of her singing before then was off and her voice was all wrong.

1.0 star rating DEH from Austin, Texas

LE MISERABLE

I’ve seen high school productions better then this bogus Le Miserables production at Bass Concert Hall in Austin on 9/14/19. My daughter purchased 6 tickets for all of us. We drove up from Houston and we were excited to see it again. Seeing it will be your problem. It was a true mystery production. The lighting was so bad that you will be left guessing who is doing/singing what throughout the show. Don’t waste your time or money! You will be very disappointed like we were.

1.0 star rating JZ from Austin, Texas

SAVE YOUR MONEY

Les Mis is a classic show, but this production is a failure. Sure, I've seen it multiple times and love the turntable stage, so I am comparing it, but this latest rendition doesn't even begin to compare. We saw it in Austin at the Bass Concert Hall on 9/10/2019. My wife was new to the show and I'm sad that this was the one she got to see. The leads are great in solos when their volume is up, but otherwise the orchestra drowns them out, the lighting is terrible, almost impossible to tell who is singing when multiple people are on stage, and god forbid you want to understand what anyone is actually saying. It's unintelligible in group acts. Not sure what was up with the TV sized monitors mounted on the front of the first balcony, but it glowed like a TV in a living room late at night, illuminating the audience from behind. Save your money and buy the 25th anniversary DVD.

3.0 star rating Susan D from San Antonio, Texas

LES MISERABLES

We have seen Les Mis 4 times; 3 at this location. This production was so dark that it was difficult to see any characters even from Mezzanie levele seats. The singing was fine but watching this was like watching an old B & W movie with everyone in shadows.

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