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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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3.0 star rating CW from San Francisco, California

A BIT SHOUTY MAYBE BECAUSE OF ALL THE REVIEWS SAYING THEY CAN’T UNDERSTAND?

I mean, this is my favorite musical and I was silently lip syncing to 90 percent of the show, so I’m biased… I thought the actors were mostly great but were directed to be super belty and to speak-sing certain parts (perhaps in a misguided attempt to be better understood and communicate emotion?) that took away from the beauty of the songs. For example it felt like Eponine (who has a lovely voice) was shouting On My Own by the end, and Fantine was doing the same with I dreamed a dream. Marius has a beautiful voice but had little chemistry or connection with anyone. Half of Javert’s songs were shouted, etc. Valjean had a great voice and was suitably convincing, though. And the Thenadiers and ABC boys were entertaining as ever. Also, this is no fault of the production, but the audience at the Orpheus on Thursday… This lady behind me was actually humming, audibly and out of tune, with the most well known passages including the climax of “Bring him home.” I threw my hands up but that didn’t even stop her. 🙄 also I heard multiple people whisper loudly after a line or two of each song, as if to express their opinion of the singer. What happened to theater etiquette?

3.0 star rating Sammo from San Francisco, California

DISAPPOINTED

The production is dark and the sound is not good. The singers mostly garbled their words. First Broadway show I have seen with this problem.

3.0 star rating Lynnabeth from Santa Barbara, California

BEAUTIFUL WORK, BUT TECHNICALLY WEAK

The lighting is troubling. I've seen Les Mis five times and I struggled in the orchestra section to see the actors and figure out who was singing in certain numbers. The orchestra was also missing something: characteristic notes missing, like an instrument wasn't hired? Or not enough members? Jean Val Jean is superb, same with Gavrosh and Marius. Eponine's quiet lines were too quiet (A stage whisper should still resonate) and Javert struggled at times. Overall I love the play and while this version wasn't as good as some others, I still enjoyed it.

3.0 star rating Robert deutsch from Los Angeles, California

GREAT VOICES - NO FEELING

This is a gorgeous looking production with absolutely magnificent voices! Missed opportunities prevail with the leads way too over the top and yet with no feeling. Epinone is oddly staged upstage left for her I DREAMED A DREAM which diminishes the effect of the beautiful song. Again a beautiful voice with no feeling apparent. Disappointing.

3.0 star rating L. Porter from Memphis, Tennessee

LES MIS DISAPPOINTED

I first saw Les Mis on Broadway and the entire production was incredible in every conceivable way. Unfortunately, this was not the case with Saturday night's performance at the Orpheum. The sound was awful. I couldn't understand a word in the opening scene. It was very muffled. The chorus songs were easier to understand as were a few solos later in the show. However, overall, it was not a show that I could sit back and enjoy. My daughter and I both strained to understand many moments. I would like to note that we had good seats, and I attend Orpheum productions pretty regularly. This was the first time I've ever experienced this and it was very unfortunate.

2.0 star rating RKL from Cleveland, Ohio

LES MISERABLES

My wife and I have seen like 15 different performances over 25 years and this was the most disappointing. The person playing Cosette was probably on par of all past performances but on the final show on 11/18 in Cleveland, we got the understudy for Javert who was ok, and and the understudy for Eponine, whose vocal range was limited and she wound up screaming vs singing. Fantine was lifeless and the singing was not up to par for this performance. Jean Valjean was decent but he had strong competition compared to the various actors we have seen over the years. In addition the staging without the revolving stage looks cheap as they only displayed one side of the barricade compared to past performances with the revolving stage which made it more dramatic. It also seems like there a lot fewer members in the ensemble. The ensemble group numbers were the best numbers of the show as the overall quality was comparable to past performances.

2.0 star rating Mimi from Baltimore, Maryland

THIS ‘LES MIS’ MISSES!

This is one of our favorite musicals of all time, so we were so excited to be able to see it at the Hippodrome! But unfortunately we left very disappointed with this production. The staging of the show was terrible. The lighting was so poor that most of the time the performers could not be clearly seen - and we had orchestra seats! The sound quality was often muffled & distracted from the song quality. I also did not like the ‘echo’ sound effects included in some of the songs. Some of the costumes lacked historical accuracy. Les Mis is a show that fills me with emotion. But unfortunately I never felt any of that from these performers - especially from the most tragic character - Fontine!

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