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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.9 Stars)

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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.

1.0 star rating Sidney Prueter from Indianapolis, Indiana

DON'T BUY THE HYPE

The first act is almost exclusively rap. Be prepared to miss a significant portion of the story line and character development. The second does have some conventional music. The story is great. The staging and choreography are good. Hamilton did not live up to my expectations.

1.0 star rating Feel ripped off from Atlanta, Georgia

2 YR WAIT NOT WORTH IT

This was a long wait for a show my wife and I looked forward to seeing being history fans. This was so bad my wife was ready to leave at intermission. The only highlight for us was King George. I dozed off multiple times. The rap was aweful at times making it hard to understand what it was they were saying. Thomas Jefferson was portrayed like a pimp.

1.0 star rating Carrie Winters from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

UNDERWHLEMELD

The best thing about it was our seats, second row balcony, the cost was $495 for three seats, OUTRAGOUS for what we experienced. The sound was not good, lots of static, voices going in and out, and trying to understand the rap, IMPOSSIBLE! We left the Benedum wondering what we just witnessed as it was too hard to follow a storyline with being unable to understand it. We talked to people around us at intermission (ages 14 and up) and thankfully they said the same thing, they could not understand or hear, it wasn't just us! The best character and easiest to understand was the king and even that wasn't great. I truly would not recommend this show to anyone but that is my opinion. We do not understand what all the hype is about and honestly we feel totally ripped off. Side note, $25 for parking, beyond acceptable.

1.0 star rating DMS from Spokane, Washington

INTERNAL VOICE, "WHAT DID THEY JUST SAY?" (ON INFINITE LOOP.)

So very, very disappointed. Hamilton requires... absolutely requires... intelligible lyrics. Without lyric clarity, there is no play. No story. All of the creative language, word-play, humor, character development... i.e. "Hamilton" never made it past the orchestra pit in Spokane. Leaving... a cast of stand-ins and ensemble actors jumping energetically about a static stage set or standing bravely on wooden boxes rhythmically belting out... what may as well have been a recitation of the table of elements. Having seen Hamilton via streaming, I had very high hopes for the live show. This version... the sound engineers/facility utterly failed the performance. The first act was akin to acoustic punishment. Left at intermission. Appreciated the night out, but what a shame. If you can't technically support a Broadway production, don't book it. Seems simple. Disappointed enough to write a review hoping the facility will step up the quality of their product. Would not recommend. Sad.

1.0 star rating Doug from Seattle, Washington

AWFUL

Truly the worst musical I have ever seen. While I do appreciate the innovation and creative intent, this musical falls flat on its face. Simply put it is a series of scenes strung together without an engaging story. It has the emotional appeal of a Super Bowl half-time show. Great choreography and energy but no substance. The characters are two-dimensional and I found I didn’t care what happened to them.

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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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