Alan Broad from Grosse Pointe, Michigan
IMPRESSIVE 2ND PERFORMANCE IN DETROIT
It's always a challenge to be fair to a play that is based on a book you loved and have read. Ron Chernow, the author of the amazing biography Hamilton, writes with power, grace and authority. The play is a very creative tour de force, but a derivative at best. The first Act could use some work. The second Act was brilliant. Always good to be at the iconic Fisher Theater.The sound system could use some tweaking.
Jessie from Schenectady, New York
ORCHESTRA OVERWHELMS VOICES
Wonderful acting, singing and dancing But was frustrated by inability to understand half the songs. Words were muddled, maybe a combination of acoustics, speed of the song, orchestra louder than the singers. As much as I enjoyed overall show, I feel like I missed a lot of the content
Jessica Scott from Boston, Massachusetts
HAMILTON WAS GREAT, BUT THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE FELL SHORT
I'm not hard to please, and as I said above I enjoyed watching Hamilton. It was very entertaining: I've never seen anything quite like it. I rate both the Lion King & Les Miserables higher, but it's in the top 5 for most memorable shows. The Boston Opera House, however, actively tried to spoil that experience by treating theater goers more like sardines being crammed into a can than people who were paying a lot of money for a once in a lifetime experience. Mobil tickets (displayed on your phone & not printable beforehand) are the in-thing now, & it's hard enough bringing each barcode up on your phone if it's more than just you. For the 4 people in my group I had to show each of our tickets 5 times to get to our seats. It's expected at the door, but the ushers are supposed to help, not block your path and demand to see your tickets repeatedly. Someone in the wrong seat in a full house will be caught: the harassment is uncalled for and rude. It made a 5 star show a 3 star experience.
Leslie from Boston, Massachusetts
My husband surprised me with Hamilton tickets. I was beyond excited. I spent the day of the show in a state of giddy anticipation. But, sadly, I was underwhelmed. We got the understudy for Hamilton, and he was very flat to me. At first I thought I was just used to Lin- Manuel Miranda from the original cast recording and that I would adapt after a few numbers, but to me he lacked the energy and charisma the role requires. I thought the actor who played Aaron Burr played the role too broadly and was miscast in general. Similarly, I felt the actress who played Eliza wasn’t right for her role and lacked vocal chops. And overall, the rapping wasnt’ that great. I’m glad I saw it, but I can’t say that this touring production was worth the ticket price. .
Gary Christopher from Atlanta, Georgia
The sets and choreography are very well done, acting is solid, and the history is so so. King George was hilarious. Why did it leave me wanting more for the exorbitant price I paid? First of all several initial songs were hard to follow for my untrained ears...some were unintelligible. Others were in the same place as me. There is a wonderful story to be told that was wanting because of the new age rap and street culture feel.. It is a musical but unlike any other musical I have witnessed. I yearned for more substance. It seemed to me that some people cheer more for the political statement being made about today than the treasure present in real life in the past. I have seen Jersey Boys 5 times, Carole King three times, The Million Dollar Quartet 4 Times, The Sound of Music 6 times, Memphis and Dream Girls several times.. I love musicals and I am a history buff, particularly founding father history. This one just did not resonate with me even though I wanted it to.
Gina from Atlanta, Georgia
3.5 STARS FOR OVERHYPED HAMILTON
I saw Hamilton at the Fabulous Fox in Atlanta. When the show began, there was thunderous applause from the audience... before they saw the show. That speaks to the hype and the bandwagon fans. The main complaint is that I concentrated very hard to hear what was being sung and still could only understand about half so I barely followed. I truly don’t understand why people cried. Did you not pay attention in history class? Spoiler alert, Burr shot Hamilton in a dual. I am a crier but didn’t feel touched at all. On the positive side, there was a lot of talent on the stage, actors, dancers, singing. The production was quite grand, but after re-listening to the music, talking to people, reading about the inception of the show, etc., I still don’t understand why the actors were multi-racial. Couldn’t Hamilton’s abolishionism have been better served had he been white?And Jefferson... he had an affair with a slave and produced a child, a cleaner story had he been white.
Disappointed from St. Louis, Missouri
HAMILTON - APRIL 21, 2018
For the money I paid, I was severely underwhelmed. I took my daughter, who is a big fan of the original cast and the songs. However, this cast, was really not that good. Hamilton, was okay. Handsome, but just okay. Eliza was good in the first act, but was much better in the second act. Angelica was amazing in both acts. My biggest complaint would be Washington. He was so hard to understand. I had no idea what he was singing. A very handsome man who looked the part, just couldn't understand him. Lafayette/Jefferson was very funny, and not as hard to understand, but still was challenging to understand every word he was singing. Also the actor who played Madison, he too was hard to understand. I felt for all the money I paid, the cast would be top notch. The best performance was King George. He was spot on and truly a talented actor. I wish I could get my money back. I feel very cheated from what I saw. I never have spent so much money to be this disappointed.
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This is what our reviewer, Nicola Quinn, had to say when she saw Hamilton on Broadway in 2015: Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspired by his love for 90's rap and hip hop, and Broadway - it's in this mash-up that we experience music which moves by lyrics, beatsRead full review
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