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Les Miserables Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.7 Stars)

Number of reviews: 189

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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.

2.0 star rating JPalmer from Des Moines, Iowa

DISAPPOINTED

Although I had fantastic seats, I had trouble understanding the words to the songs. If I had not previously seen the movie, I wouldn’t have been able to follow the story at all. I also felt the sets were dark and less than creative. I’ve seen other musical shows at the Civic Center with exceptionally creative and wonderful sets. The sets in this production were sorely lacking. The orchestra was very good. The revolution battle sound effects were very good. I’ve seen this done as two different movies. I felt this stage production vulgar and lacking. I definitely would not recommend it for children.

2.0 star rating Laura Quirk from Toronto, Ontario

THE SOUND WAS TOO LOUD!!!

I had not seen a show since before COVID, so I was really looking forward to seeing this show. I have seen it in London, New York, Boston and Toronto previously. While the staging was unique, the sound was SO LOUD that my partner and I had to leave at intermission. We saw the show a week ago and both of still have ringing in our ears and both of us have pain in our ears as well. I do appreciate that you want to hear the lyrics but the sound never allowed for the nuanced and softer songs. What's more, we left at intermission because I knew the noisier half was after the intermission. This is my favourite musical and I was deeply disappointed. I also couldn't help but wonder what people on the autism spectrum would do with such a loud version of this play. overall, I'd say don't see this production in Toronto. Sad, but true

2.0 star rating I-dawg from Atlanta, Georgia

MISCASTING A PROBLEM

I've attended plays in London, New York, Washington, and my favorite venue, the Fox in Atlanta, for decades. I consider Les Miserables to be the best, most well written play/story of all time. I was disappointed with this rendition of the play. The biggest problem was with the casting, particularly the female roles. The characters did not capture the romantic passions I remember with previous renditions that were critical to the story. Even with the same incredible lyrics and reasonably good performances (although Nick Cartell was quite good), through no fault of her own, Fantine could never have been mother of petite Cosette. And there are other characters in this modern version of the play that were not in the original.

2.0 star rating Wick Smith from Atlanta, Georgia

NOT THE SAME LES MIS

We were very disappointed in this version of this classic musical. We've seen it in multiple venues, including the Fox. but this year was disappointing. The quality of the voices was a step down from what we've previously experienced. Parts of several of the songs seemed like they were "accelerated" and the words were difficult to understand, particularly for our granddaughter who was seeing it for the first time - it seemed like they were trying to get through as quickly as possible. This show has always moved my wife and I to tears, but this cast didn't seem to bring the emotion that I would have expected. Very disappointed.

2.0 star rating Jan R from Tampa, Florida

SO DISAPPOINTING

I have seen Les Miserables 4 times as it is my favorite show of all. I remember the amazing voices, wonderful sets, and emotional connection established with the characters. Last night at the Straz was a huge disappointment. Even knowing the score, I could not understand most of the lyrics from the lead performers. The characters were emotionless and distant with the exception of Eponine who had her moment with “On My Own”. This production was so inferior in quality to what I have seen before. Yes, it’s a good show…it is Les Miz after all, but glad this was not the first performance I had ever seen because it surely would have been the last.

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