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Les Miserables Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.7 Stars)

Number of reviews: 183



2.0 star rating from Seattle, Washington


Fifth Ave. Theatre, Seattle, WA, May 26, 2023 Sound: Too loud, crackle, way down sometimes. Lighting: Too dark. Hard to see anyone's face or follow movements. Singing: Many flat notes from Fantine, young Cosette, Gavroche, and a few from the others. Unacceptable. Acting: Fantine wasn't there in "I Dreamed A Dream." No conviction, and instead of being on her knees, devastated, she just stood there, "yeah, whatever." Susan Boyle sang it way better. Wish she could have time traveled 30 years back and done this role. Cosette and Marius: Very good! Voices on pitch, relationship worked - love at first sight can be trite: theirs wasn't. Best performances of the show. Jean Valjean: Not riveting. Staging: Static. The old revolving stage production, dramatically and literally, kept things moving. Removing it was a big mistake. Pace: Too slow. All numbers sung below tempo. In sum: Glad I saw other productions that were truly sensational.

2.0 star rating from Los Angeles, California


It's a satire! Loud, incongruent and incomprehensible. I could hear the audience breathing more than the cast. I hate to be mean but the lead female singer is not a singer! She'd go in and out. Not worth of $300 ticket--amateurs. I'd pay $20 for that. Very very disappointing. A shame.

2.0 star rating Harry Kerker from Los Angeles, California


This will be my fourth performance over 25 years and by far nothing close to the other three. We sat in the in the 19th row, center a perfect location. My wife whom it was her first performance, could not follow the story because the sound quality was so poor, the dialogue was garbled and unintelligible. The bigger disappointment for me, who knew the story and music, was the stripped down staging, replaced by a cheesy rear projection screen that made the performers size appear out of scale with others off to the side of the stage. It was hard to judge the cast’s performances, not being able to hear them, this performance most definitely misses the polish of previous versions. At the end of the first act, I asked my wife if she was able to follow the story, she said “only that it was about the French Revolution” that’s all she understood. I suppose if you had never seen it, you’d have enjoyed it of course if you had someone to explain afterwards what happed. Wait and see it in New York.

2.0 star rating John from Los Angeles, California


The sets were very impressive, the acting very impressive, the orchestra very impressive, and of course the Pantages is always impressive. With that being said, I could only understand about 10% of what they were saying/singing. I am no theater expert, but I have spoken English for 60 years or so, and I struggled to understand the words. So much so that during the second act, I checked out. I have read the reviews and many say the same, yet they give 5 stars, I call it as I hear it. The wife loved it and that is really the most important part.

2.0 star rating Kelvin Matthews from San Diego, California


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


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


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.

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