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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.9 Stars)

Number of reviews: 169

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2.0 star rating A and B from Hartford, Connecticut

DISAPPOINTED - MUDDY VOICES

We were very excited to see Hamilton for our first time at Mortensen Hall in the Bushnell Theatre. The lyrics were unintelligible for most the cast during the frist act. The overall music was drowning out the cast in addtion to the poor voice quality. Things improved a bit in the second act but left feeling like we missed half of the show. Very disappointing considering the price of tickets and the reputation of Hamilton.

2.0 star rating Cynthia King from Ottawa, Ontario

DISAPPOINTING

"Hamilton" was a great disappointment mainly for technical reasons. The orchestra was far too luud and drowned out the performers' words most of the time. I could not follow the story because I could not understand what was being sung/said. The overall aural impression was a high decibel level. I felt assaulted. On the plus side, the choreography was amazing and the performers very talented. The small amount of the dialogue that I could understand sounded very clever and I wished I could have heard it all properly. It was hot in the venue as well. Since I could not follow the story and was feeling oppressed by the high volume level, I left at intermission.

2.0 star rating Diane K from Seattle, Washington

HORRIBLE SOUND GREAT CAST

5 of us attended. 3 of us knew the Hamilton musical, thank goodness because that allowed us to follow the plot. The other 2 had no idea, because the SOUND mixing/mics was so terrible. Often way too loud, most everything was distorted, and mics failed on several occasion. The cast was amazing - they deserve better. Saw Cinderella several years ago here - beautiful balanced sound back then.

2.0 star rating Jess Dixon from Washington, District of Columbia

HAMILTON 4 STARS KENNEDY CENTER OPERA HOUSE 1

We arrived with tickets on Mobil device as requested (there was no option of Will Call) and also printed pdf. The ticket holder who had the the tickets on Mobil device was elderly and had mild parkinson's, the usher was also elderly with shaky hands, the usher kept barking orders at the ticket holder, "make it brighter" "make it bigger" "hold it still" while her shaky hand could not scan the qr code. The line was being held up so she barked for us to step aside. I was tempted to just ask for a $1200 refund. What ever happened to "will call" ticket pick up. For those prices you would think you could get an actual ticket. It was an unpleasant experience and as much as the tickets cost, you should not need binoculars to see the actors. I think this is the swan song for shows at the Kennedy Center. There are many other better venues to experience theatrical productions that have better more responsive patron service. Not worth it.

2.0 star rating Chris from Madison, Wisconsin

WANTED TO LOVE IT, BUT DIDN'T EVEN LIKE IT

Heard so much about it, just had to go. Loved the idea of the multi racial cast, sounded so novel. But...the lyrics of the rap/music were only partially intelligible, and the songs just blended into one long drone. It was as if there were only three songs, and they rotated them. The actors appeared to be just going thru the motions at points, with only a few stand outs. I've seen many a musical or play, and this is by far at the bottom of the list.

2.0 star rating Annoyed and Disappointed from Toronto, Ontario

COULDN'T UNDERSTAND LYRICS FROM UPPER BALCONY!

I love broadway plays and musicals. The performance was brilliant, but, and this is a big but... we sat in the upper balcony along the side and couldn't make out 50% of the words that were being rapped or sung, which was super frustrating because how do you know the story if you can't make out the words? I blame it on the sound system or our seats, not the performers. Truly felt like I wasted $600+ and enjoyed it much more on Disney+ channel! Maybe just don't sit where we sat.

2.0 star rating from Atlanta, Georgia

I DIDN'T LIKE THIS PERFORMANCE

I was frustrated with the performance. Mostly because of Deonte Goodman's Burr (actually only Burr, but Burr is so much of the play, that it messed up the whole thing). It's not just that it departed from the sound track and other performances I have seen, it was sort of the way it departed. Like, it was doing things differently for the sake of doing them differently, not because it added anything. for most of the play he just sang off cadence for no particular reason. Off cadence and, not off key, but off note. Like you know how for any given note in a song you can hit the note or octive abive or below, and it still works. And sometimes it can add a great accent when done sparringly....it seemd like Burr did this for every note of every song. It was like a remix of a song that is so different that it is just a different song, it just has the same lyrics. Like he was going out of his way to say this is MY take on Burr. It was just distracting. It was not enjoyable.

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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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