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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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2.0 star rating Don Amon from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

LES IS NOT MORE!!

This was the 6th or 7th time I've seen Les Miserables dating back to London in 1990. I always see the touring productions and have never been disappointed until Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Everything seemed cramped on stage. The reveals during the battle sequence weren't reveals and lost their emotional connection for me. The actors were wonderful singers, but wanted to "act" there way through the numbers to where sometimes they were inaudible. Empty Chairs and Empty Tables on a bare stage makes no sense!! I love this musical and the music that tells the story, however, this minimalistic production is at the bottom of my list.

2.0 star rating CC from San Francisco, California

I WAS MISERABLE!

This is my fourth time watching Les Miserable as its one of my favorite shows. 2nd time at the Orpheum. This was by far the worst version I have seen. I do not know if the play was revised. Sound was bad. Especially in the beginning, the singing was rushed and garbled. This contributed to making songs / especially group singing often unintelligible. Singers with sharp voices like Eponine and Fantine were very hard to understand. Javert was totally mumbling to himself. If you do not know the story, your SOL because you will never understand the plot based on this show run. The set and lighting was definitely changed from the original version, it is much darker and does not do the play justice. I'm hoping these latest reviews are seen and they bring the original version back. I did not even finish the play as it did not get better. A waste of money!

2.0 star rating Ms. Cactuswrenz from Marana, Arizona

SERIOUSLY DISAPPOINTED

The sound and acoustics were so bad, most of the songs were just noise. I had an awfully difficult time understanding most of them, even after the show was stopped so the sound system could be adjusted. I actually fell asleep for a few minutes. Being that it w as such hard work, I left at the intermission and headed home to watch the movie version. Very disheartening since the voices were so lovely sounding, the costumes and scenery were outstanding, and the cast energy was brilliant. Something needs to be done with the horrible sound system in that theater!

2.0 star rating I wanted to like it from Denver, Colorado

LES MISERABLES

The set design changes give the over production quality a cheaper look. Bring back the spinning stage! While every performer brings his own take to the characters Javier's was particularly distracting and caused tempo changes thus throwing performances like the confrontation off. Still loved the actors voice however. Valjean was a true to the classic production while giving a fresh look at the character. If this was my first time seeing Les Miserable I would call it an ok show but would not have fallen in love with it enough to see it over again. They are bringing a beloved classic musical back to life, okay is not good enough. Still worth it if this is your first time, if this not your first, skip this performance.

3.0 star rating Dan from Richmond, Virginia

GREAT CAST BAD LIGHTING

Saw Les Miserables yesterday (2 pm) sitting in the E section orchestra area. Loved the voices but whomever choreographed the lighting was way off. Having paid over $200 for tickets for my wife and I I spent half the show watching darken shapes on stage. To me, the lighting or lack of lighting was a big distraction. I wanna see whats going on on stage. Other than that fantastic production. Went to The Answer Brewpub afterwards...highly recommend it.

3.0 star rating Dorothy from Cleveland, Ohio

LES MISERABLES, CLEVELAND, OH

Very dim set lighting. I was distracted how dark everything was. I kept waiting for the set to lighten up, but it never did. I thought it felt a little rushed. I knew the story and songs so I understood what was going on, but someone unfamiliar may have trouble following it. Not sure if it was the sound clarity. Female singers were excellent and children too. I thought the male singing not as strong at times. My first experience of seeing this was via the movie so I think it ruined my theatre viewing of this production.

3.0 star rating Theatrepro from St. Louis, Missouri

LES MIS FIRE

Les Mis is one of my all time favorite shows. I saw it on Broadway for the first time as a child in 1988. I have worked on the show multiple times in my professional career as a technician. This production has issues. It also has some great performances. Val Jean, Fantine, Javier, Madame Thenardier, Marius were all up to the task if you could find them on stage in the "artistic theatrical lighting". Give me a tech rehearsal so I can please fix your lights. The lack of a turn-table ruins the staging of the show. Uninspiring battle at the barricade. Thenardier often my favorite was rather stiff and don't get me started on Epinine, though she did redeem some of her signing in Act II. Empty chairs and empty stage would be a better title for the song. The use of the projection was a welcomed addition and wasn't overused. Why do people try to recreate perfection only to destroy the heart of what made it so true?

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