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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 I wanted to like it from Denver, Colorado


The set design changes give the over production quality a cheaper look. Bring back the spinning stage! While every performer brings his own take to the characters Javier's was particularly distracting and caused tempo changes thus throwing performances like the confrontation off. Still loved the actors voice however. Valjean was a true to the classic production while giving a fresh look at the character. If this was my first time seeing Les Miserable I would call it an ok show but would not have fallen in love with it enough to see it over again. They are bringing a beloved classic musical back to life, okay is not good enough. Still worth it if this is your first time, if this not your first, skip this performance.

2.0 star rating John R Patterson from Jacksonville, Florida


First, let me say that the sets were very impressive. From there it went down hill. It wasn't so much the singers themselves but the sound in the theater. Maybe if the place was empty and they were only singing to me, it might have been different but with a full theater and everyone making noises around me, the voices were not clear at all. Perhaps if the theater had speakers like at a movie theater, it might have been different.

2.0 star rating Sharie Webber from Dunstable, Massachusetts


I rarely make any negative public reviews of shows having been part of the theater world myself in the past, but I must say I was so VERY disappointed overall. Other than Jean Valjean, (who gave one of the VERY best theatrical performances I've EVER seen) , there were a number of issues & production choices that truly effected the show the biggest being the pace at which the performers acted. For most of the production it was impossible to understand what was being due to speed. Even with it being my 5th time seeing this live (my daughters first, knows the plot very well from the movie) we found ourselves reaching to find what was being said. Actors who were dying on stage seemed more focused on gasps of breath to show they were dying vs being immersed in the moment Lighting was also terrible (we were only 18 rows back & couldn't see most of the show believe it was a production choice not tech). Very little emotion, connection from actors elicited no emotion from the audience.

2.0 star rating Mike from Boston, Massachusetts


This is my 4th performance, Toronto (1989), London (2012, 2014). Not the best of the 4. The performers are all talented, sadly they sung almost every song at a pace a beat or two faster than any of the previous performances I've seen as if they had someplace else to be and needed to get this done. So whomever is coaching/directing these very talented performers didn't slow them down, and maybe felt like an up tempo rendition was overdue. Many of the songs lyrics weren't even clear or understandable and I've listened to many renditions literally hundreds of times. Too bad, I hope these performers get better direction as they hone their careers.

2.0 star rating Susanna from Knoxville, Tennessee


I have seen many other plays in various locations, including New York and London, but this was the first time I have been to Les Miserables. While I knew a little of the story line and music prior to the performance, I was unfamiliar with the plot. The music was beautiful, but I found it very difficult to follow because I could not understand the words the performers were singing. I wanted to leave at intermission, but we had paid top dollar. We were sitting close to the front, but I still could not see the singers at times because they some of them crawled on the floor as they sang, which I found very unusual. I would recommend anyone seeing this play for the first time watch the movie ahead of time.

2.0 star rating Mark R. from Austin, Texas


Les Miserables is my favorite musical and I had high expectations for this production at Bass Concert Hall in Austin on 9/10/19. While it was opening night and some things may not have been "dialed in" and worked out, the production value was not on par with any Broadway Across America show I've seen here. Scenery and lighting were so dark that the cast might as well have been performing on an empty stage. Many wonderful effects lost and wasted. The live music was wonderfully performed but was drowning out all of the song lyrics. Every number was rushed, with the words quite difficult to hear and understand (and these are songs I know and love). Had I not seen the musical live, or seen the motion picture version of the musical, I am quite certain that I would not have a clue about the story line or anything going on with any of the characters. I was very disappointed, so disappointed in fact, that I wrote this review during the intermission. Finally, despite the house policies, Bass Concert Hall was allowing a significant number of people to enter and exit the theater throughout the performance. It was completely distracting, especially given the compromised lighting and sound. And the ushers and their flashlights were a significant part of the problem. If you see this show on another night I hope it is improved. It was truly as though there had been no pre-show run through at all. Missed spotlights and terrible sound reinforcement. Standout performances from little Cosette, Cosette, and Marius. A let down from the other leading roles. This production of Les Miserables was WAY MISERABLE and unfortunately a good deal of the let down seems to be from the venue.

2.0 star rating Pete Masters from Austin, Texas


Having never seen this show before I had let the hype falsely set expectations. The music was good, the actors were difficult to understand, and what I could make out of the story was uninteresting. If you already know the ropes to this musical I suppose it would be enjoyable (the woman next to me hummed the whole thing). Disappointed in it, but maybe it’s a shortcoming if mine. Wouldn’t recommend

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