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Angeline from Toronto, Ontario
TORONTO HAS BEEN WAITING FOR THIS! BUT...
We have been enormous fans of this production since its debut (learning lyrics well enough to support any ill or vacation-wanting cast member) Our hopes for greatness were high! Major roles of Washington & Burr were outstanding, but Hamilton himself lacked an ability to connect with his peers and this audience. We found the Schuyler Sister act needed some adjusting. The role of Angelica was owned by the actress that sang her spot to the top but switching Eliza for Peggy was a hope. Eliza over sang in a pitchy nasally tone which came out like a shrill most times and we left wanting more of the actress that sang with richness & grace from the artist who was Peggy. With Hamilton finally making it to Canada’s Broadway city the Ed Mirvish theatre was the perfect venue for this production. In the True North we are home to world class theatres, halls and stadiums. We love our music, theatre, diversity and inclusion, the story of this musical speaks to that. Sorry it took so long to get here.
Maxine Walker from Toronto, Ontario
MY FRIEND FELL ASLEEP
I am glad that I went to see what all the hype is about, I give Mirvish some extra stars for their advertising, but disappointed in the overall performance. The rap is very difficult to understand, First Act dragged mercilessly, I would of walked out if not with friends, 2:45 hours I will never get back. The set is the same throughout the play, which was also disappointing, considering it started in the West Indies, to Washington, even his house was the same background, just a change of desks. On the plus side, the costumes were excellent, all actors hit their cues. Would I recommend it? Probably not, the price is too high for the quality.
Nailah from Los Angeles, California
HAMILTON AFTER COVID
I saw Hamilton at the Pantages four times, 1st 3 OUTSTANDING. Actors, orchestra, choreography, staging, set, writing, lighting, Pure BRILLIANCE! This time the set/lighting/choreography, amazing. The writing is still brilliant except where characters changed lines. Alexander said meow instead of "that's true" and other examples plus lines being left out. I question the casting decisions. Burr, Angelica, and Eliza lacked luster and vocal ability. They missed notes. The actor playing Burr lacked presence and vocal ability that must come with Burr. It is Broadway in Los Angeles not a home town show. Outstanding performances were from Carvens Lissaint, Ruben Carbajal, and Rory O’Malley. Westman gave a decent performance. Maybe they were having a bad day. Another review I read made similar remarks about the cast. The most disappointing part was the music. There wasn't a full live orchestra. There was only one person in the pit. You can still feel the genius that is Miranda's work.
Joanne Thompson from Tempe, Arizona
I have a problem with taking actual historical that lived portraying them in caricatures that are absolutely nothing like them in any way, shape or form. What next, a blond, blue eyed, petite white woman as Martin Luther King, Jr.? The music, actors and orchestra was great, but the whole premise is just preposterous.
from Tempe, Arizona
HAMILTON IN TEMPE
It was fun seeing Hamilton later in their fist week. We saw the alternate Aaron Burr in this production. It must have been an off night as the sound was very uneven. Sometimes i heard a lush chorus and sometimes not. The actors seem to change octaves or keys periodically and the dancers were good though not always in sync. It was a collection of talented people who had glimmers of great but not quite. I cant wait to see them after they have had a chance to work together for awhile and find their way. Characters like Lafayette and King George would begin a song in their characters accent then fall into an american accent. During a duel scene i could swear a part of the singing was missing. There was a silent gap in the piece for a moment. It was definitely a room full of talent. I cant wait to see what they do.
Janet McConnell from Tempe, Arizona
ENUNCIATE AND/OR SOUND ISSUES
I liked the energy, the costumes, the lighting, and the singing- when I could understand it. I was in. VIP seating, row 9 and sometimes I couldn’t hear, much less understand what they were saying. Those around me agreed. This was the first time I’ve ever seen it, so the enunciation was important to me. Tip to others, learn the songs before you go
John H from Boston, Massachusetts
THE SOUND WAS A FACTOR (AND UNFORTUNATELY SO)
I'm 39 and definitely not losing my hearing; however, I was in the upper deck and could understand about 25% of what was said. The song tempos are relatively fast and I'm sure the actors were enunciating their lines, however, it didn't definitely sound that way. Much of it sounded like gibberish. My father (71 years old) understood about 5%. It became a material part of our experience - too bad! I encourage a headphone option.
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