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Miss Saigon Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 62

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4.0 star rating 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.

2.0 star rating GR from Salt Lake City, Utah

MISS SAIGON - SLC 10-15-19

I saw the show years ago & remembered it as being sad with a lot of emotion. I did not remember vulgar crudeness. The message of a bleak time of heartbreak was so overshadowed by how nasty everything else was - from the dancing, to the simulated sex acts, to the screaming singers, that I was left never wanting to see it again. I can't imagine any parent having their child, of any age, in the audience but worse is the 3yo child in the show! That poor little boy is going to need some therapy to rid his memories of language, vulgar near-naked bodies, etc. The ridiculous failed attempt at humor, or just rudeness, by the addition of a Mormon missionary stumbling into the bar/prostitution was just stupid. Shows with a social comment normally have some redeeming qualities, this did not. It missed the mark of making me aware of a sad chapter in history, that still effects many lives today, & made just want a shower & a stiff drink. 2 stars to recognize those talented

2.0 star rating Cary from Salt Lake City, Utah

AS LONG AS THE WAR

Like the Vietnam war, this play was way too long. Almost 3 hours. The sound system does not match well with the actors accents. We only understood the words of songs from Chris. The final "American Dream" song by the Engineer was sooo long and we had pretty much had enough of the Engineer at that point. We couldn't wait for the play to end and to get out of there. Yes, the sets were very well done, the acting was acceptable and the orchestra was very good. We have been to a number of plays at Eccles and it seems like we always have trouble understanding the words of the songs. Perhaps the acoustical engineers missed on this one and the theater will always be sub-par? Or maybe the booth just doesn't understand the sound controls. Either way it needs to be fixed.

2.0 star rating Leslie from Salt Lake City, Utah

DISAPPOINTED

I took my (adult) children AND my mother to the SLC production. My mom and I had fond memories of seeing Miss Saigon back in the 1990s. The current production eliminated all desire to ever see Miss Saigon again. While the performers had beautiful voices and the set was spectacular, parts of the show were so raunchy, I was embarrassed to be there. My kids wondered why I had pushed for us to see this musical. Wish I could go back in time and take them to the original production.

2.0 star rating from Portland, Oregon

NOT AS GOOD AS PREVIOUS YEARS!

Unfortunately, my review is such that I preferred the years prior to this current version. Though energetic and excellent interactions with the cast, it was difficult to hear the cast (despite knowing the music). Kim has a beautiful voice, but her acting ability was flat and non-believable. Scenery was awesome.

1.0 star rating Phuong from San Jose, California

NOT MADE FOR THE PERFORMING ART CENTER

My husband and I left after 15mins. I expected to see performing arts instead I saw simulated sex acts on stage. There were kids, 12 and under in the audience. I paid to go see a Broadway show, performing art. There many ways to tell this story. They’ve done it in the past. Raunchy sex acts cheapened the story, mainly, it insults the audience.

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