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Jude from Cincinnati, Ohio
HAMILTON IN CINCINNATI
SURPRISINGLY HORRIBLE VOCAL ABILITIES OF SOME CAST MEMBERS. I have seen many great performances here. This was not one of them. This was by far the biggest disappointment of any. While the story is awesome, the music and orchestra great, the costumes wonderful, and the choreography beautiful, some of the vocal abilities of major characters shocked me - in a really bad way. Eliza’s vocal abilities were so bad that it ruined the entire show for me. I saw Hamilton in Chicago, and this Cincinnati performance was ruined by 2 of the main characters, specifically Eliza and George Washington. So sad for the rest of the cast who are very talented and no doubt work hard - unfortunately Eliza and Geo W made the entire show a failure. I have never heard a worse voice in a performance than the Cincinnati Eliza. How in the world did these 2 performers get their roles? Hamilton on tour must be desperate. Sorry, but true. I feel very cheated, knowing how great this should have been.
C. Marie from New Orleans, Louisiana
DISAPPOINTED IN VOCALISTS: 3 AND HALF STARS
I went to the Thursday night showing. I get it: the lyrics are fast and tongue twisting and some actors rap with a french accents. However, I wasn't impressed. The cast needed to enunciate their words more. I was shocked the caliber of vocalists weren't as high as the cost of the tickets (I was 14 rows back from the stage). Also, the music often drowned out the voices of Hamilton and Burr (this should be fixed BEFORE the show). In this regard, I felt cheated; I couldn't enjoy the show anymore because I was stressed about IF the cast members would be intelligible in the next scene and IF I'd be able to hear them. I know the lyrics by heart but my family does not, and it was heartbreaking when one turned to me, threw up his hands in frustration and said "I have no clue what they're saying". Solid acting. Beautiful dancing. The Eliza and Angelica actresses NAILED their parts. But the lyrics in particular are what make the show unique and we couldn't hear half of them. I'm devastated.
Grace from Boston, MA
I saw Hamilton a few months ago in New York and was blown away, so I sprung at the chance to see it close to home. I saved up and bought a ticket in the orchestra section. I was horribly disappointed. Thomas Jefferson was the only truly enjoyable performance. It seems like the cast had never heard the original Broadway recording - they changed notes, pitches, and even a few words! Eliza seemed to be holding back, and she cried through the entire performance of “Burn” to the point that I was just waiting for it to be over. The acting was non existent. If a performer wasn’t in the ensemble, they barely moved. A far cry from what I was expecting and I wish I’d saved up to take a trip to see the New York performance again instead.
Joe from Schenectady, New York
UNDERWHELMING AT PROCTORS - SCHENECTADY., NY
I saw Hamilton at Proctors, in Schenectady, NY on August 14, 2019. I was so filled with anticipation, yet walked away disappointed. No one told the people in the sound booth that when balancing the sound system, the singers should be louder than the orchestra, not the other way around. Fortunately, I knew the words, and was able to follow along. But, when most of the people sitting around me, whom I did not know, started looking at each other asking, "Can you hear them singing?", I knew it wasn't just me. Plus, many of the leads were not enunciating their lyrics, which made it even worse. The song tempos were too fast in a few songs, making it difficult for the performers to keep up. With that being said, there were captivating moments, especially in Act 2. The slower songs with minimal orchestration were the best...because they could be heard. Shame on the Hamilton tour for not getting the sound correct, especially for the high ticket price.
Gail from Tulsa, Oklahoma
POOR SOUND QUALITY
I was excited to see such a highly rated show, but the rap was mostly unintelligible. The actors are extremely talented dancers and singers but due to the poor sound quality, many of the the jokes were missed and the show was not enjoyable. Stay for the second half. It is better after the intermission. King George was hysterical.
Cindy from Omaha, Nebraska
I went with my husband, our two teenage daughters and my mother. Our daughters were very familiar with the songs and loved the show! My mother and I expected to love it but could only understand about 5% of the words. After struggling for 90 minutes to comprehend what was going on, the two of us finally gave up and left during the intermission. My husband was able to enjoy it somewhat. Thankfully, we drove two cars. We noticed several other people who left during intermission also.
Tom Nicholas from Madison, Wisconsin
A GREAT PLAY TURNED MEDIOCRE (FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!)
OK, I know it was the night before thanksgiving, but to have the top four parts being performed by understudies shows contempt for an audience that was paying top dollar. The Hamilton understudy actually was great but Burr, Washington, and Eliza parts were emotionally kind of dead. There also might have been replacement or missing musicians that night as well. The timing was sometimes off and barely audible at times. Several of the other characters were spectacular and I am guessing that the performance was great the other nights. So why did we Wednesday customers lose out? You don't expect a regional touring show to match the Broadway or Chicago versions, but I expect the same effort. Didn't get it the night before TG.
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