Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary

2016

Action / Musical

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 8.1 10 648

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Jonathan Pryce as The Engineer
Lea Salonga as Kim
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Reviewed by chrislef21 10 / 10

A truly spectacular musical

In 1985 Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil brought us the outstanding musical 'Les Misérables', and only 4 years later they stunned theatre goers again with another spectacular musical, 'Miss Saigon'. Once notice got out that a new revival of the show was to return to the West End in 2014 for a limited run, the anticipation and excitement was enormous. Miss Saigon is set during the Vietnam war and tells of American G.I. Chris and Vietnamese bar girl Kim as they fall in love, and when the Americans finally pull out of Saigon, their lives are torn apart and the aftermath takes a heart-breaking turn as 3 years later, we learn, Kim has had Chris's child, Tam, and Chris has taken an American wife. Well, the show is currently on a tour of the UK and in my opinion, must be seen. It is incredible. There are some fantastic numbers, including the powerful Act 2 opening number 'Bui Doi' and the over-the-top showstopper 'American Dream'. Also, be prepared for the emotional ending which will have you reaching for the tissues. Although those, like me, who saw the original will notice some changes in this revival (and not for the better either, but you know me and change, I never like it). From lyric changes which spoilt the flow of the songs and the replacement of 'Now That I've Seen Her', a fantastic number for the character Ellen, in favour of a ridiculous number called 'Maybe', to the disappointing change made to the stand-out scene of the helicopter descending onto the stage, this is now nowhere near as impressive as it was and is now partly done with a projection. Having said all that, Miss Saigon is still easily one of the best musicals to hit the West End, and the special 25th Anniversary performance was just perfection (and was filmed for a one-off screening in cinemas, and can be bought on DVD to enjoy repeatedly). Jon Jon Briones is sensational as The Engineer, he is conniving, seedy, funny, ruthless and sleazy. Eva Noblezada is sweet and assured as Kim, and Alistair Brammer, too, is excellent as Chris, with a strong stage presence and another wonderful voice. Watch out too for the final 35 minutes of the DVD as a special encore brings together the original cast with the 25th anniversary cast to sing a few numbers and pay tribute. It is spine-tingling stuff. Original cast members Lea Salonga, Simon Bowman and Jonathan Pryce perform alongside their contemporaries. This was a well-meaning touch, but did the anniversary cast no favours. Even 25 years later, Salonga and Pryce were spectacular, helping explain why that first production was such a success (despite some daft controversies at the time). When Miss Saigon opened on Broadway in 1991, there were protests that the cast had too few Asian Americans; others complained about the then-outrageous top ticket price of $100. All that died down long before the original production finished its run a decade later, and it is now the 13th longest running show in Broadway history. There is also talk of a movie adaptation being produced (however I am seriously hoping it isn't an atrocity like the movie of Les Mis). If you love musicals then make sure you get the 25th Anniversary DVD, and get to see the show while it tours the UK. You will not be disappointed.

Reviewed by namstudio-vn 7 / 10

Interesting concept but the main character boring as hell

Simple put, I like the theme and the music, fantastic choreograph, scene setup. But the story will be boring as hell with out the character "engineer" a Pimp. the main characters are boring and way too easy to forget. you can watch haft way of the show and realize you can't remember their name.

Reviewed by gws-2 10 / 10

The best Film of a Stage Musical I have Seen

I came to Miss Saigon with little or no knowledge of what it was about or even who wrote it. The only reason I got the unexpected privilege of seeing this great film of a great musical was the recommendation of a friend, a fellow musical theatre buff, who recommended it to me. The Blu-ray disk apparently isn't available in the United States, so I bought it from Amazon.uk. I'm glad I did.

The show is deeply emotional and often very sad. I wasn't prepared for that so by the end of the night I had been worn out but worn out in a good way.

The show's four principal characters, The Engineer, Kim, Chris, and John were all played by talented actors who could both sing and act. I was particularly impressed by the then 18 year old Eva Noblezada, who played Kim. The show will be moving to Broadway in March with many of the actors who are in this filmed version.

In an early scene, Gigi (played by the wonderful Rachelle Ann Go), Kim, and the rest of the girls with whom they work, sing the haunting, "The Movie in my Mind." The 17 year old Kim, who is new sings,

"I will not cry, I will not think/ I'll do my dance, I'll make them drink/ When I make love, it won't be me/ And if they hurt me, I'll just close my eyes"

But the girls all hope to be rescued by an American GI from their desperate and dangerous lives. The song ends with Kim singing her own dream, of

"A world that's far away/ Where life is not unkind/ The movie in my mind"

There is a lot that is funny in the show too, primarily delivered by the cynical but wily Engineer. Alas, though, this is a show about loss, which I guess should be clear, as it is based on Puccini's tragic, "Madam Butterfly."

I cannot recommend the "Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary" too highly. The film tells its dark and tragic story with beauty and elegance. Not to be missed!

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