WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
An epic and heartbreaking story set amidst the Vietnam War and in its aftermath. A love story with a truly tragic turn, but also an outstandingly well-produced piece of theatre with memorable moments, provocative performances and historic resonance.
WHO’S IN IT?
Miss Saigon – Kim is at the heart of the story. The beautiful voice of Sooha Kim resounds throughout the production – haunting, emotional and powerful. Her lover, Chris is played by Ashley Gilmour, one of many strong, convincing performers.
The sneering, sleazy, charismatic Engineer, Leo Tavarro Valedez makes some key numbers his own and we loved the standout performance of Teessider, Ryan O’Gorman as he brought the intensely sad piece, Bui Doi to the stage; the story of the real children of the American GIs, whose innocent faces were projected on a huge screen as he sang.
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT?
You’ll find high drama, intense emotion and some brazen, provocative scenes from a dazzling cast. The opening scene in a Saigon strip joint is bold, atmospheric and racy – and a contrast to the pure love and emotion of Kim and Chris in duets Sun and Moon and The Money’s Yours.
The story is based on the opera Madam Butterfly and the performance is sung in its entirety. There is a good pace to the acts and some memorable big scenes – from the opening to probably the best-known scene in the production – the fall of Saigon when the meld of the superb live orchestra with the sound of the helicopter overhead and then appearance of a three-tonne ‘copter on stage itself has you right in the scene. It is edge-of-your-seat stuff and truly brings a piece of history to life in front of your eyes.
We span the years 1975 to 78 ending with the aftermath of Kim and Chris’s love affair – and the child, Tam, who she conceived and brought up to believe his father would return.
Having returned to the US, Chris has married and the final scenes capture the moments he discovers he has a son – and Kim’s tragic destiny as she sacrifices herself for the little boy’s future. It’s the stuff of sniffles and shivers down your spine.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT?
Lovers of musical theatre – this is performance at its finest. Powerful, technically brilliant and with superb live music bringing it to life.
WHEN IS IT ON?
Now, until 17 November.