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Hamilton Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.9 Stars)

Number of reviews: 171



2.0 star rating K.west from Vancouver, British Columbia


My wife & I saw the original in New York, pre Covid. Unfortunately, and it wasn't just us (we talked to 10 others who were at the show), the enunciation of some of the key actors (Lafayette, Washington) was muddled and completely impossible to understand. I am mostly disappointed for those people who were there for their first time, spent a lot of $$$ & thought this was the way it was supposed to be.

2.0 star rating Laura Dille from Des Moines, Iowa


Sunday, June 5, 2022 Performance: My husband and I did not realize this musical was rap. We could not understand what the cast was saying when they were rapping thus we could not follow the storyline. Also, the music sometimes would drown out the cast. We ended up leaving at intermission. We have been to many musicals over the years and have NEVER left at intermission. To say the least, we were quite disappointed since we had been looking forward to seeing "Hamilton" for some time.

2.0 star rating A and B from Hartford, Connecticut


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


"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


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


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


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.

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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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