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Average customer review: 4.5 star rating (4.4 Stars)

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3.0 star rating AJ from Tampa, Florida

TOTALLY OK

Went to see Hamilton in Tampa, unfortunately we got the stand by performer for Alexander Hamilton. The show is good and historically interesting. We have seen many shows and we are struggling to get this show in our top 10. Sorry this does not hold a candle to Les Mis

3.0 star rating Jude from Cincinnati, Ohio

HAMILTON IN CINCINNATI

SURPRISINGLY HORRIBLE VOCAL ABILITIES OF SOME CAST MEMBERS. I have seen many great performances here. This was not one of them. This was by far the biggest disappointment of any. While the story is awesome, the music and orchestra great, the costumes wonderful, and the choreography beautiful, some of the vocal abilities of major characters shocked me - in a really bad way. Eliza’s vocal abilities were so bad that it ruined the entire show for me. I saw Hamilton in Chicago, and this Cincinnati performance was ruined by 2 of the main characters, specifically Eliza and George Washington. So sad for the rest of the cast who are very talented and no doubt work hard - unfortunately Eliza and Geo W made the entire show a failure. I have never heard a worse voice in a performance than the Cincinnati Eliza. How in the world did these 2 performers get their roles? Hamilton on tour must be desperate. Sorry, but true. I feel very cheated, knowing how great this should have been.

5.0 star rating Chancellor Wyman from Detroit, Michigan

FAR SURPASSED MY EXPECTATIONS

The one thing that makes this score amazing is that it's completely sung/rapped throughout so that pretty much the entire show is caught on the OBC recording. I had listened to it a few times because I was afraid I wasn't going to catch what was going on live as a result but I was totally wrong. My wife and I were fully engaged with the staging, the musical and lyrical genius of Lin Manuel Miranda, the emotions, and just the overall swagger of the performances. King George III was a hilarious standout along with Jefferson. I also loved that the actor who played Washington, Paul Oakley Stovall, kept a more authoritative bearing as opposed to engaging in the street level squabbling that happened between Hamilton and Jefferson, among others. I didn't want it to be over. I definitely need to see it again.

4.0 star rating Arby from Detroit, Michigan

THE KING MADE THE THING

I got lost in the rap. King George made the show for me.

5.0 star rating Mazzy from Detroit, Michigan

HAMILTON WITH A LITTLE DETROIT FLARE

I have owned the soundtrack (which gives you the whole show) for years and have listened to it... a hundred?? times by now, so I know I have expectations of how the songs should be sung. This Company sings them a little faster and overall with a little more edge, but I didn't mind it at all. Instead I felt it was Hamilton delivered with a little Detroit flare sprinkled on it. The same with the dance moves, based on clips the different Ham accounts have posted on YouTube. This Company does an excellent job of giving you the same great Broadway play but puts their own stamp on it, which has to be really hard to do on such a well recognized work, so I applaud them 1000x over for achieving that. The ONLY concrit I would give is that the orchestra plays the songs a little fast and the conductor should read his/her actors better on that front. I didn't totally mind the faster speed (just slightly - like a beat to 1.5 beats faster tempo) since it went throughout the entire play BUT it did cause some lines to get muddled in the hurried delivery (two of our 4 party hadn't ever heard the songs and didn't catch some awesome key lines like 'when I meet T.J...include women in the sequel' because of the speed). The faster speed also doesn't seem to allow the actors to make their own acting choices about maybe holding or emphasizing a note for the development of their character. I noticed what I thought was this issue in the song 'Burn'. It's a very emotional and powerful song and the orchestra and actress didn't sound in sync in the first few lines, causing the actress to have to (like a pro!!) catch up without making it obvious. I think the Conductor of the Fisher orchestra needs to correct here to allow the actors to hold or emphasize, or even slow for dramatization, the notes as they see fit for the purposes of their portrayal of their characters. I understand that has to be incredibly hard to achieve that balance in a live show but hopefully they will get that worked out in future rehearsals. Obviously the play is world renowned with many awards so everyone already knows it's a great show.

5.0 star rating Manjula Bagli from Cincinnati, Ohio

EVEN BETTER THAN NEW YORK !

My son and I went opening week and we both loved it. We saw Hamilton in New York in 2017, (not original cast). We felt this one was better, especially Eliza. I could understand every word, and so could many people around us even though many don't listen to hip hop/rap.

5.0 star rating MS from New Orleans, Louisiana

GREAT SHOW!

Went into the show with indifference. From the opening act to the finale, Hamilton was very entertaining, very interesting and very different from the typical Broadway musical. There was an energy from the cast that transferred to the audience. Perhaps the rap musical format did it because that was quite different. Can’t vouch for the accuracy of the history and the cast representation of historical figures was unusual and different. Nonetheless, Hamilton exceeded the pre-show hype for us. If you like theater, this play is a must.

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This is theatre at its best!

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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