Miss Saigon Reviews
Mary C. from Providence, Rhode Island
Love this show. Have seen it previously in London, New York, and Boston. In this version in Providence I enjoyed the musical score and the voices of the actors/actresses were excellent and very clear even toward the back of the theater. My main complaint is this version was much "cruder" than any of the other versions I have seen, leaving nothing to the imagination. This was totally unnecessary and actually took away from the classic nature of the plot. I have read that the story was a bit confusing to follow and it may be especially for kids who know none of the history of the Vietnam War but letting them in on the plot before they see it should alleviate this issue. Be careful though I wouldn't take a kid under 14 to this version.
Pat from Voorhees NJ
I've seen the production twice in New York and once in Philly. Loved it and will see it again. Great musical score and stage production. A child would have a difficult time following the story line. Whether you catch a matinee or evening show, don't forget to include a stop in one of Philly's great restaurants. You can't go wrong.
Carla from Chicago, Illinois
CHICAGO: WENT BACK FOR A SECOND SHOW!
This is one of my favorites since first seeing it 14+ years ago. I saw it last week with friends with Emily Bautista and today again with my mom and aunts with Myra Molloy. Both leads were fantastic! I was so moved by it last week that I had to make sure to share with my family before then end of the run. I laughed and cried a lot! I sat in the first two rows both performances and really appreciated all the emotion these actors brought both nights. There is more to it than the original, but I really enjoyed the changes. I do agree that the first scene is even more raunchy than remembered and was a bit shocked by the slight nudity, but it made it a bit more real and not just suggestive. Red Concepcion, the Engineer, is one talented dude! The entire cast is A+! It’s a must see!!! I saw it twice and loved it even more the second time this tour!
Izzy from Sacramento, California
I saw the matinee show on Saturday, October 13th and was absolutely astonished and mesmerized. From the moment the orchestra started playing the overture, I knew this was going to be a show of utmost quality. The cast was so talented and you could tell their hard work paid off because it was pure magic! Add the staging and set and wonderfully played music, and you have a production that will completely pull you in and sweep you off your feet. I cried a majority of the time. Emily Bautista, who plays Kim, definitely deserves some type of award for her performance. Honestly, bring Miss Saigon back to Broadway with this cast! They are absolutely magnificent! As for the family-friendly aspect of Miss Saigon, please do research beforehand on this show because it is a 14+ show (in my opinion). Do NOT bring younger children.
Tan Hoang from San Jose, CA
MISS SAIGON 2.0
I had the opportunity to see Miss Saigon at the Drury Lane theater in London back in 1997 and have fallen in love with the story and musical ever since. You might say I am Mister Saigon since that was my birthplace and my family of twelve escaped the Communists during the Fall of Saigon in April 1975. This musical is truly personal to me and I try to catch a national tour production every chance I get. I still have memories of boarding the helicopter as a five year old child leaving my homeland I barely knew. The musical version for the 25th anniversary tour is gritty, raunchy, contains some nudity both actual and implied and in the age of the me too movement it felt uncomfortable at times. However, this is an accurate depiction during the mid 70’s in Saigon so the show has nothing to apologize for. This is definitely not Disney’s Miss Saigon. Some parental discretion is truly advised. Also theater goers should read up a little on the historical perspective of the musical before going
Kerry from San Francisco, California
GREAT PRODUCTION AND MUSIC
We went to evening performance in SF at Orpheum. Did not know what to expect so was surpised. Right off the orchestra was amazibg. Music and sings ranged from funny to poignant to sad. A sad story to tell was made entertaining with the many props and visuals. Was it a bit risqué in parts and a bit raunchy...yes. BUT with the burlesque style of the play, it worked. My friends and I really enjoyed it . A standing ovation at the end so our audience loved it. Don't know why there are a few bad reviews here. Time went by fast and we were happy we went!! Not for children.
Rae from Chicago, Illinois
ENGINEER, KNOW YOUR PLACE-DONT MAKE OTHERS LOSE FACE!
Like others, I have seen numerous versions of this show, I saw this one last night, it was great. There are many, good things to say about this show and some things I did not agree with. I hope Miss Saigon's production staff reads our comments and make notes of them. This show was visually spectacular. Brilliant costumes, lights, sets. While I thought the show amazing, there where choices that I, personally did not agree with. " Movie in my Mind" was sung as a gimmicky belt song when it required more heart, subtlety, nuance,. which basically sums up my concern with whole show, Some actors, many times, played emotions flat w/out any introspection." I am happy", "Sad" "I am angry, so I'm going to scream thru the song & lyrics"'. #2::: When hitting someone, use a sound effect with your hands. It looks fake w/out it; .And last, KIM should be the LAST one bowing, NOT the Engineer . This is KIM's journey about love and the sacrifice of MOTHERHOOD! Buddy, be the bigger man, step back!
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