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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.
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.
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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