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Miss Saigon Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.7 Stars)

Number of reviews: 61

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1.0 star rating Ellen Enoch from Boston, Massachusetts

DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY

Bought four tickets for my daughters birthday. She is 22 and brought her boyfriend who is 2/ and my 16 year son came as well . I had seen the show in London back twenty years ago maybe and loved it. Didn’t remember the whole story but I KNOW It absolutely did not have the vulgar simulated sex acts and near nudity. It was disgusting. I was extremely embarrassed to have planned this trip for my kids and to have my daughter’s boyfriend along made it even worse ! The singing was yelling and you couldn’t understand anything they were singing. Absolutely horrible show and we left before it was over and should have left after the first scene! Many people did not come back after the intermission so we were clearly not alone in our thoughts.

2.0 star rating EBalita from Los Angeles, California

NOT THE MISS SAIGON I LOVED.

I took my daughter and son-in-law to see it because, my wife and I enjoyed a community production before. I was disappointed. The sound at the Pantages was terrible. Maybe it was the mics? Maybe the actors needed to enunciate more? Maybe the orchestra was too loud? The result is the audience misses so much of the story because they could not hear the lyrics of the songs. I didn't like the set. It was minimalist compared to a smaller community production I saw. I mean I know it is not Broadway but they could have done a better job; smaller productions have. Also, was the sequencing altered? Were songs omitted? The ending seemed anti-climactic. Probably the most noticeable change that was in the wrong direction was how unnecessarily raunchy the language and the acting has become. Why? Also, has the Engineer become more violent? It definitely was not the Miss Saigon I loved. Soooo disappointed. Wish I picked a different production.

3.0 star rating Glenna Smith from Denver, Colorado

WHAT HAPPENED?

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?

4.0 star rating Larry from Denver, Colorado

INTENSE

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.

1.0 star rating Kathy from Denver, Colorado

IF YOU CAN'T HEAR THE LYRICS, THE STORY GETS LOST. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY

Four out of four of the people in our party could not hear the lyrics for almost every song in the 1st Act. Since the musical has NO dialogue that is not sung, this means that we all struggled to understand the plot. Two of our party had seen the show in its original cast tour, and found this production to be seriously flawed.

2.0 star rating from Denver, Colorado

NOT RECOMMENDED - TERRIBLE BUELL ACOUSTICS/SOUND SYSTEM RUINED THE EXPERIENCE

We just moved to Denver and I had been looking forward to our first experience at Buell. Sadly, despite sitting center orchestra the sound was so bad I maybe understood 10% of the words to the songs. We left at intermission. I wouldn’t recommend spending the money to see the Denver version. We’re wondering, based on the acoustics/sound system, if we made a mistake purchasing a subscription and several additional shows. We’ll give the Buell another hoping it will be better there next time.

1.0 star rating Natalie James from Tempe, Arizona

WORST SHOW I’VE EVER SEEN

Such a let down!! Do not recommend. It was terrible. Don’t waste your money. Worst show I’ve seen in four seasons at Gammage.

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