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Erin from Cleveland, Ohio
The show was entertaining but lacked the emotional connection. The raunchiness overshadowed the love story in my opinion. Too much time spent on the smut and not enough time spent on developing the love story. I mean I am an emotional person and often cry at movies or any kind of live entertainment but I did not cry at the end of this show (and did not even know how it ended beforehand). Also, the sound was too loud at times and I could not understand the lyrics at times. I did enjoy the duets, the dance scenes, and the helicopter scene. The entrepreneur was an interesting character. He brought a little humor to the show but I wish that he was a little more likable to lighten it up. The whole thing just felt "off" to me.
Ears Still-Ringing from Cleveland, Ohio
OVERWROUGHT AND MISS UNDERSTOOD
First the good. The sets were fantastic and the staging was REALLY good. In particular, the helicopter scene in the 2nd Act was breathtaking. The Orchestra was also very good. Now the Bad. Lyrics were often unintelligible when more than one person was singing. I blame the direction and sound crew for that. Beyond that, it is also problematic that there is little ebb and flow to the score. It seems like almost every song is turned up to 11 and that means, (a) The characters seem disconnected from the meaning of the music for most of the play and (b) The audience is exhausted well before the play's climax. We've been seaons' ticket holders for the better part of the last decade. This is not the worst musical I have seen, but it's in the bottom 10. It is not a play I would ever see again and it is not one that I could recommend for a first-time viewing either.
Bret from Cincinnati, Ohio
HARD TO UNDERSTAND
It was very difficult to understand the lyrics in Act 1. I think it was a mic issue, but it would have helped if the actors had better diction. I also thought it was unnecessarily dirty. I think that took away so much of what this show is about. I'd rather see the Opera next time, at least there are sub-titles! The set and lighting was great!
Pat from St. Louis, Missouri
COULD, SHOULD BE BETTER
Definitely not for children. Dreamland's "sex slaves" leave nothing to the imagination. Why? What is theater all about? Have seen Miss Saigon three times -- definitely not my favorite. I understand mood but stage could have used more lighting. I read this production was from same people who did Les Miserables this season and I thought that was too dark also. You have to work too hard to see things in such a large theater and we sit in the middle! Worse part was struggling to understand lyrics. We don't typically have this problem at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis. As this is a complex story, it seems pretty unforgivable.
Bud from Omaha, Nebraska
Not the same as the approach I remember from mid ‘90s. Too explicit, not for families with kids under 16. Unprepared for how over the top it was. If that was the intent, it struck that chord.
Glenna Smith from Denver, Colorado
I first saw this show in Denver 20 some years ago and loved it. I have waited patiently for it to return. What a disappointment. The prostitution scenes are so crude and leave nothing to the imagination. They even took a shot at the Mormon Church by placing a Mormon missionary among the prostitutes. Worse though was the "Engineer" portrayal. He was obnoxious and his song "American Dream" was placed at the end of the show which took away from the tragic and beautiful story of Chris and Kim. The song lasted close to 15 minutes and ruined the show for me and my family. Had it been at the beginning, it would have been better received. I was emotionally spent by that time and the vulgarity and humor was not welcome nor appreciated. Finally, the song added for Chris' American wife was unnecessary. She has so little to do with the story and then gets her own song. She was not my favorite character and the actress playing her was a poor match for Chris. I return to the theater to see classic productions; why did they have to ruin such a perfect, heart wrenching love story?
Lulabelle from Washington, District of Columbia
This was unnecessarily raunchy to begin with, scene one was a real turn off. So so
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