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Les Miserables Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.7 Stars)

Number of reviews: 178

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2.0 star rating Kelvin Matthews from San Diego, California

LES MISERABLES CIVIC THEATRE SAN DIEGO

Awful sound for such a massive production. My wife and I were very disappointed in the sound quality. Singing was inaudible and very quiet. For a production like this, you expect better. The levels between orchestra and vocals need to be improved. We left early as we were so frustrated. Poor experience. Please improve the production quality.

2.0 star rating Mike from Dallas, Texas

DARK AND QUIET

I’ve seen Les Miserables many times and have never been disappointed, that was until tonight. The Dallas FairPark production was a huge let down. The lighting of the stage was terrible, the sound was so low you could barely understand what was being sung, and the singing was almost completely lacking feeling or emotion….just over the top operatic runs. It was not worth the money paid. The actors seemed to be walking through their parts with no thought of conveying the feeling of the production.

2.0 star rating Lee from Dallas, Texas

UNFORTUNATE EXPERIENCE WITH THE UNDERSTUDIES

This was our family Christmas present. My twin 11 year old’s first musical. We saw the Friday matinee performance. Unfortunately several roles, including Jean Val Jean, were obviously performed by the understudies, and they were underwhelming, to say the least. The signing was far too fast, and unclear: we couldn’t understand anything he was singing. I have seen Les Mis a dozen times or more, so I know the words and the story, but my children couldn’t understand most of it. While Les Mis is a spectacular musical, this particular performance was a disappointment.

1.0 star rating Tim C from Richmond, Virginia

THIRD TIME IS THE WORST.

I’ve seen Les Mis three times over the years. The show is one of my favorites. Unfortunately the sound quality and pitchy tone of the performers easily makes this the worst rendition I’ve seen. I’m not sure if the poor performance was due to it being the second show of the day, but this was definitely not Broadway quality. The best singers were the children. I feel cheated.

1.0 star rating Sonja from Toledo, Ohio

LES MISERABLES 2019 TOUR IS JUST AWFUL

I have seen this play several times and marvel at the different creative choices of each production company. Unfortunately, the directors for this version absolutely ruined this play. I was told (whilst complaining) that the dark lighting was a director's choice to bring "more grit and a freshness" to the play. The lighting choice made it difficult to see the performances. The actor's aren't just singing, they are performing and there are facial expressions and gestures that aid the storing telling-- 100% of that is lost here. You can barely see the actors. No admiring the sets. No admiring the costumes. No astonishment over the grand spectacular of live theater. Save your money and stream the sound track while you let moonlight stream through your blinds. The story is too complex for this kind of lighting. It would work in a smaller more intimate theater and a more streamlined plot. I just thought it was awful. Sorry I wasted the money and the time going to this version.

1.0 star rating John Michael from Boston, Massachusetts

DISAPPOINTING

Friday, April 19 was a disappointing evening. It was my 7th (or 8th?) performance of Lez Miz. The actors were suitable, but their performance fell short of previous shows I've seen in both Boston and NYC. The staging was adequate but was lacking in terms of the circular, revolving stage in older performances. Les Miz is a remarkable piece of theater. Les Miz Boston 2019 was a mere shadow of the original: reinterpreted scenes (Valjean's death scene; Empty Chairs; Turning; etc.) Friends who have seen the new production agree with me. One final note: the decorum of the audience that night was deplorable. I had the feeling with were at a rock concert with the shouting, cheering, whooping.

1.0 star rating Owen f. from Los Angeles, California

MISERABLE

Sentimental and lacking. Paper thin characters who don't convince. No amount of lighting, pretty theatrical sets or great singing can help a musical which has lost its direction. The characters don't change, the lyrics are hard to understand, the story is misshapen, spanning decades in a confusing time-line. We sat up close and it didn't help. My family all agreed. Victor Hugo would have walked out if he could. I only wish I had paid for bad seats so I could not be so close to such poor drama. Maybe the original production was better, but not this touring version.

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