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Average customer review: 4.5 star rating (4.3 Stars)

Number of reviews: 80

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4.0 star rating Jay from Boston, Massachusetts

GREAT SHOW WITH A COUPLE OF MIS-CASTS

Saw the Boston production of Hamilton last week. The show, music and dancing are phenomenal. The actors who portrayed Lafayette/Jefferson and King George III stole the show with overflowing talent. I felt that both the actors who played Burr and Hamilton were mis-cast. The Burr actor demonstrated a beautiful tenor range during Dear Theodosia, but during the song Non-Stop, there is a forceful entrance that Burr makes when he finally has gotten angry. Those notes are more in the baritone range and I feel the actor couldn't deliver the intensity and volume required to portray that anger. There were a few other times I noticed he didn't have a strong lower range and I feel this detracted from his portrayal. I feel The actor who played Hamilton played him too politely. Hamilton is described as "obnoxious" but I didn't get that feeling from the actor. This was especially notable when the character is delivering what are supposed to be snide remarks. With that said, was enjoyable.

3.0 star rating Annie from St. Louis, Missouri

NOT SO GOOD

While the show was unique and dancing exceptional, the audio was not. I was sitting in orchestra section and could not understand the dialogue being sung. It was loud enough, but spoken so rapidly, it was like listening to another language. I actually dozed off a few times during the show from boredom. Certainly not your typical musical, but not for audiences over 35 unless you are really into rap music and can understand the almost incoherent verbiage. A friend of mine purchased the audio tape in January and was glad. She was at the same showing and had a much better understanding of the dialogue, thought she too could not make out some of the words being sung. Guess the new age of music requires a study before viewing. .

3.0 star rating Gary Christopher from Atlanta, Georgia

SADLY-OVERHYPED

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.

3.0 star rating 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.

3.0 star rating 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.

2.0 star rating John H from Boston, Massachusetts

THE SOUND WAS A FACTOR (AND UNFORTUNATELY SO)

I'm 39 and definitely not losing my hearing; however, I was in the upper deck and could understand about 25% of what was said. The song tempos are relatively fast and I'm sure the actors were enunciating their lines, however, it didn't definitely sound that way. Much of it sounded like gibberish. My father (71 years old) understood about 5%. It became a material part of our experience - too bad! I encourage a headphone option.

3.0 star rating Leslie from Boston, Massachusetts

DISAPPOINTED

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. .

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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, beats

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