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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.9 Stars)

Number of reviews: 162



3.0 star rating Erin Brown from Baltimore, Maryland


I am a HUGE Hamilton fan and very familiar with all the music and story. I was so looking forward to seeing it again post-COVID. The sound quality at the Hippodrome fell short. Though the orchestra and music were fantastic, it overwhelmed the vocals. It was very difficult to hear the performances. In addition, during the second half there was an emergency of some kind in the upper balcony and the cast had to clear the stage during the beginning of the second act. This lasted for at least 5 minutes. While we never did know what happened, the show did go on and they restarted the number. I would say overall the second half was much better. I found all the cast to be talented, but it was just very difficult to hear them at times. Hoping this can be corrected prior to future shows.

3.0 star rating D from Toronto, Ontario


Caught this show in 2020 when it came to Toronto, and was very excited to see it's return. Sadly, I was incredibly disappointed. The audio was terribly balanced. Certain cast members were practically inaudible and the score was wildly overpowering the vocals. About 2/3 through the show I think someone finally made a change and this improved. It was unfortunate since there were so many elements that were wonderfully executed. It was an otherwise amazing show (the swing cast was fantastic!), I just wish I was able to hear half of the show.

3.0 star rating Eric from Schenectady, New York


Love the show and this cast was wonderful. Seeing the full staging was incredible after watching Disney plus version with too many closeups. However, the drums and bass were way too hot in the mix. They obliterated intelligibility of lyrics as well as the other musicians in the pit orchestra. Balance was way off. Others sitting around me had the same reaction at intermission. Hope they can fix this.

3.0 star rating A.S. from Norfolk, Virginia


The three stars go to the orchestra, scenery & brilliant staging, but the singing was highly disappointing; the director didn’t understand that hip hop requires extra attention to diction. I agree with other reviewers who said “mostly unintelligible” and “much of it sounded like gibberish”. Other than Hamilton I don’t listen to hip hop, but I am a trained musician who has listened to hundreds of performances, so it’s not my ability to listen; and I have fully enjoyed TV & YouTube excerpts. Among the leads: Hamilton got caught up in sibilants, Jefferson sang too far back in his throat, and King George was overly nasal, all of which buried the words. As far as acting, King George deserves high marks (very entertaining despite being unintelligible) but portraying Jefferson as a narcissistic self-aggrandizer was objectionable (opposite the actual Jefferson). I still recommend seeing Hamilton; Miranda’s brilliant work provides an exciting experience even if you can’t understand the words!

2.0 star rating John H from Boston, Massachusetts


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.

2.0 star rating from Des Moines, Iowa


im glad that i went, but i was let down when i heard hamilton and aaron burr trying to “rap.” the actors sounded like they had never even heard the original cast. they had very little emotion if any and there were a lot of parts where they were off rhythm. i could have been a better aaron burr.

2.0 star rating Cathy from Columbus, Ohio


My husband and I were greatly looking forward to this... but we ended up leaving during intermission. First, the positives: King George was easy to love, and the choreography was a delight. Unfortunately, the rest of the production fell flat. The rapping was mostly unintelligible, and cast members were both off-key and lacked compelling singing voices. The acting was also a miss. The writing / dialogue left much to be desired despite the acclaim, and I found that the jokes generally fell flat. (I have seen a number of Broadway shows in New York and they were all vastly higher in quality.) It was probably the most disappointing musical I have been to - possibly because my expectations were so high. I would save my money up for another show.

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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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