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.
Audrey Richards Woita from Omaha, Nebraska
MISS SAIGON WAS WONDERFUL - EXCEPT FOR THE RAUNCHY SCENES. THEY WERE UNNECESSARY
I love this show so much! I took my husband and cousin to this production in Omaha and was preparing them for the fabulous story and great music. I was dismayed to have invited them once the show opened. The pornographic gestures, dancing, etc that were prolific throughout the first and second acts were overdone and needed. I've seen this show in Colorado, New York and Los Angeles over the years. Never were the actions/gestures/postures as violently graphic as this production. It did nothing for the story line and wasn't necessary in any way. I wish there were ratings on broadway shows, I would not have attended this. EVEN THOUGH...I love the music. I've been listening to the soundtrack for the past two weeks and love so many of the songs. I still believe being one of my favorites. The duets in this production were spot on and flawless in delivery. I will not recommend this show going forward because of the raunchiness. It wasn't needed and was way overdone.
Larry from Denver, Colorado
My first time seeing this show. I am a vet( not combat) so could relate. Also daughter in law was one of the children that came to US after fall of Saigon. Incredible acting and singing. Just wish I could have understood the words better. May have to work on sound system.
AJ from Salt Lake City, Utah
NOT YOUR MAMMA'S SHOW
Ok, so I consider myself an expert with the show. Last night, in SLC, was my 10th time seeing the show. I have seen many Kim's, Engineer's, Chris , Ellen's, Thuy's and John's. First, let's look at this point. They are the touring company. Usually, but not always, the cast is not as polished as the resident cast in NY. I did see some lack of passion in the characters. Kim, (Emily Bautista), was a great Kim, but she was no Lea, Rona and Eva. Engineer, was ok, but I have seen better, much better. Ellen and Chris did amazing, but their acting was a little off. John was amazing. Probably the best one I've seen. Ok, with all this said, I think overall, it was good, but not great. It is very much R rated, so if you are offended easily but sex, swearing and violence, do not go. Overall, I think the cast of the US tour was decent, but so much more can be improved as far as singing, acting and passion for the story line. Even after multiple times of seeing this, I still cry.
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!
Toni B from Los Gatos, California
IS IT ME OR THE SOUND SYSTEM?
We attended a matinee of Miss Saigon . The set was impressive. The orchestra was wonderful and we enjoyed the actors very much. The graphic sexuality at the beginning was somewhat off-putting however realistic it may have been. Particularly in the duets, the voices had wonderful range and blended beautifully, but we couldn't understand the words! We knew the story having seen it before, and the special effects were the best I've ever seen in this production, but if we could have heard the words more clearly we would have enjoyed it more. At this point, I don't think I would not recommend it.
Barb from Cleveland, Ohio
I love Miss Saigon but not necessarily this production. Several of my favorite songs were gone or substituted. The sequence of events were changed leaving the story difficult to follow if you hadn't seen it before. One has to ask if the "raunchiness" was necessary in such a beautiful love story. Unfortunately, I did leave the theatre disappointed.
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