Cameron Mackintosh has worked his magic again producing Claude Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil (Les Miserables) Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary performance. A revival of the original musical show filmed live from the Prince Edward Theatre.
Miss Saigon takes place at the end of the Vietnam war, it’s a love story about a young bargirl named Kim (Eva Noblezada) who meets and falls in love with an American G.I. called Chris (Alistair Brammer). They’re love is doomed when Chris leaves Kim. Three years later Kim is living in the slums while Chris is in America and is married to Ellen (Siobhan Dillon). The engineer (Jon Jon Briones) helps Kim and Chris reunite but there is a twist in the end.
I loved the set design, it defiantly made you feel like you were in Saigon. I was amazed at how they managed to make it look like a helicopter has landed on the stage.
17-year-old Eva Noblezada stuns me with her vocal range and her singing style echoes back to that of the original Kim (Lea Slonga). Jon Jon Briones engineer is the one that provides the comic relief and does not fail to wow the crowd with his rendition of the American dream. Alistair Brammer is wonderful as Chris. Siobhan Dillon has a hard role to play where she must not be seen as the villain and does so.
The music is a treat for the ears. There is not one song I do not like; it almost sounds like Les Miserables. Bui Doi will defiantly bring a tear to your eye.
If you like Les Miserables, then this is the musical for you.
Miss Saigon 25TH Anniversary Performance is now available on DVD.