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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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3.0 star rating D. Bissonnette from Madison, Wisconsin

GREAT VOICES ...LIGHTING, TOO DARK!

This was my third time seeing Les Mis. I know that nothing will ever compare with the first time in Chicago in the late 80's. I cannot fault the singing. the voices were terrific but if I had not already known the story, I would not have gleaned it from the words and actions I observed. The stage was very dark without good spotlighting of those who were singing or where the action was actually taking place. The songs seemed rushed and the words frequently garbled. And where was Gavroche's "little people" song? We ate at the downtown Eno Vino. It was great!

3.0 star rating Andie Ptak from Seattle, Washington

POOR SOUND DESIGN SPOILED THE SHOW

To start, I last saw this show from G-center with the original Broadway cast, so this production had a tough act to follow, but I knew that going in. As with many other reviewers, I found this production to be marred by poor sound design—specifically for numbers that were backed by full, loud orchestration. That meant that the large chorus numbers and most of the men's numbers were nearly unintelligable. Thankfully, the wonderful solo ballads by the highly skilled performers accompanied by softer orchestration were wonderful. Eponine's "On My On" and Fontine's "I Dreamed a Dream" were, of course, particular stand-outs, as was "Bring Him Home." It's a shame that so much of the show was so hard to hear. I highly recommend that anyone who has tickets listen to the cast album in its entirity BEFORE you go. I wish I had pulled my vintage vinyl out of the stacks and done so.

4.0 star rating Roy Hoagland from Richmond, Virginia

GREAT PERFORMANCES, LOUSY ACOUSTICS

I have seen many a Broadway show and this was one among equals. The directing was superb, the voices incredible, the sets amazing, the pit orchestra excellent, he acting as good as it comes ... The acoustics were terrible. We had great seats (front row in the mezzanine, or Grand Tier as they call it at the Altria theater) and 50% of the words were mush, especially the choral numbers. This has happened before at the Altria. While the sound was amazing, the language was indecipherable. I should have asked for a refund as all four of us in attendance could not understand the sung dialogue more often than not. But hats off to the performers and the production company, especially the two leads. Their performances were stunning.

3.0 star rating 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.

4.0 star rating Dawn from Richmond, Virginia

LES MIS IN THE DARK?

I saw the truly grand production of Les Miserables years ago so I am probably very spoiled. The biggest problem of this version when I saw it Oct. 23 was lighting. Everything was so dark you could not see the actors very well at all! I understand that this was done in a style which depended on lighting and darkness, but it was WAY too dark. I had trouble telling who was singing as there was not always a spot light on them. I had to search for the singer several times. The sound balance was off for whatever reason. The actors and their singing was truly superb, although I found Javert a trifle jolting in his timing. He also needs to slow down just a bit. Grand voice though.

3.0 star rating Deb from New Haven, Connecticut

ENJOYED SHOW BUT NOT THE BEST PERFORMANCE

I love Les Miserables and have seen it many times. Hartford a few years ago and usually New Haven. This time, the sound was awful, I knew most of the lyrics but couldn't understand many of the words being sung. The stage was dark throughout the show and a lot of the staging from previous shows seemed to be gone. The voices were strong and some songs were excellent and the finale was wonderful, it always brings goosebumps. The sound issues though made it the least enjoyable of all the shows I've seen. Reading some other reviews, I guess it wasn't just ours.

3.0 star rating from Little Rock, Arkansas

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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.

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