I was at the 3pm show today; overall it was a great show! A "mini-review" below.
On vocals, both Susan Calloway (Answers, Memoro de la Stono) and Rikki (Suteki da ne) were very good. The three vocalists in the FF6 opera (who played Maria, Draco and Ralse) were also excellent. In addition to those previously mentioned songs, another highlight for me was Liberi Fatali (great energy).
Relative lowlights were Hymn of the Fayth (I don't get the appeal of this) and the Chocobo medley (didn't recognize much of the tunes, and there was some strange chanting of C-H-O-C-O-B-O throughout part of it).
A few other points to note:
- Acoustically, the venue was very good (at least, in my seat left of the orchestra).
- Tons of applause for Nobuo Uematsu, as you'd probably expect.
- Rikki's dress was awesome
As for the merchandise booth: the line for the booth very long throughout the show, so I didn't try to buy anything. It looks like they had Distant Worlds t-shirts, posters, and bunch of Square Enix albums for purchase (DW I/I/III, A New World, Octave Theory, all of the in-print OSTs, ...). Interestingly, the DW III albums looked like the US pressing (as it didn't appear to have an obi), which hasn't yet been released. I will say that they sold a lot of music; I saw a bunch of people with six or seven albums each...
All in, the event was a ton of fun - and it was cool to see the crowd's enthusiasm (as I don't know many others IRL who are big fans). Would highly recommend.