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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.9 Stars)

Number of reviews: 169

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3.0 star rating Erin Brown from Baltimore, Maryland

POOR SOUND QUALITY

I am a HUGE Hamilton fan and very familiar with all the music and story. I was so looking forward to seeing it again post-COVID. The sound quality at the Hippodrome fell short. Though the orchestra and music were fantastic, it overwhelmed the vocals. It was very difficult to hear the performances. In addition, during the second half there was an emergency of some kind in the upper balcony and the cast had to clear the stage during the beginning of the second act. This lasted for at least 5 minutes. While we never did know what happened, the show did go on and they restarted the number. I would say overall the second half was much better. I found all the cast to be talented, but it was just very difficult to hear them at times. Hoping this can be corrected prior to future shows.

3.0 star rating D from Toronto, Ontario

DID THEY RUN A SOUNDCHECK?

Caught this show in 2020 when it came to Toronto, and was very excited to see it's return. Sadly, I was incredibly disappointed. The audio was terribly balanced. Certain cast members were practically inaudible and the score was wildly overpowering the vocals. About 2/3 through the show I think someone finally made a change and this improved. It was unfortunate since there were so many elements that were wonderfully executed. It was an otherwise amazing show (the swing cast was fantastic!), I just wish I was able to hear half of the show.

3.0 star rating Eric from Schenectady, New York

GREAT BUT DRUMS AND BASS TOO LOUD!

Love the show and this cast was wonderful. Seeing the full staging was incredible after watching Disney plus version with too many closeups. However, the drums and bass were way too hot in the mix. They obliterated intelligibility of lyrics as well as the other musicians in the pit orchestra. Balance was way off. Others sitting around me had the same reaction at intermission. Hope they can fix this.

3.0 star rating A.S. from Norfolk, Virginia

HIGHLY DISAPPOINTING

The three stars go to the orchestra, scenery & brilliant staging, but the singing was highly disappointing; the director didn’t understand that hip hop requires extra attention to diction. I agree with other reviewers who said “mostly unintelligible” and “much of it sounded like gibberish”. Other than Hamilton I don’t listen to hip hop, but I am a trained musician who has listened to hundreds of performances, so it’s not my ability to listen; and I have fully enjoyed TV & YouTube excerpts. Among the leads: Hamilton got caught up in sibilants, Jefferson sang too far back in his throat, and King George was overly nasal, all of which buried the words. As far as acting, King George deserves high marks (very entertaining despite being unintelligible) but portraying Jefferson as a narcissistic self-aggrandizer was objectionable (opposite the actual Jefferson). I still recommend seeing Hamilton; Miranda’s brilliant work provides an exciting experience even if you can’t understand the words!

3.0 star rating John from Atlanta, Georgia

OK NOT GREAT

Didn’t like all of the rap thru the play. Performers were great tho.

3.0 star rating Todd and Dani from Atlanta, Georgia

CURB YOUR EXPECTATIONS

We all know that when we see a show on tour, we aren’t going to see the iconic original cast. For Hamilton, however, the pure saturation of the amazing LMM production via Disney Plus sets unrealistic expectations on even the most aware of veteran show goers. The touring cast in Atlanta was good. Not great. Perhaps the casting is a bit off on some of the Skylar sisters, but they didn’t captivate us the way we had hoped. The sound was off, and it was difficult to hear the actors at times, even from 10 rows back. Costumes, lighting, set, and orchestra were A Plus amazing. No questions on that. But this touring cast seemed to be taking the night off at times, which was disappointing. Ensemble brought the energy and moves - but the featured actors were obviously deflated tonight. We love the Fox Theatre and we know it won’t always be a hit. But this show should have been, and it all starts with casting the right talent. This one just came up short.

4.0 star rating Delilah Janes from Toronto, Ontario

AWESOME, WOW.

I didn't even know what "Broadway" was before September of 2016, the first time I heard of 'HAMILTON'. I was introduced by a friend, and I think it changed my life, digging up my love for singing and musical theatre. HAMILTON inspired me to find a part of me that I didn't even realize existed, which is quite inspiring. At this point, barely a year after, I don't listen to Shawn Mendes or Justin Bieber anymore. My iTunes consists of Hamilton, in the Heights, The Little Mermaid: the Musical, Legally Blonde, Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Heathers, Something Rotten!, The Colour Purple, and many more. Thank you, Lin- Manuel Miranda! :)

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Brilliant engrossing UNFORGETTABLE

This is theatre at its best!

This is what our reviewer, Nicola Quinn, had to say when she saw Hamilton on Broadway in 2015: Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspired by his love for 90's rap and hip hop, and Broadway - it's in this mash-up that we experience music which moves by lyrics, beats

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