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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.
Pat from Voorhees NJ
I've seen the production twice in New York and once in Philly. Loved it and will see it
again. Great musical score and stage production. A child would have a difficult time
following the story line. Whether you catch a matinee or evening show, don't forget to
include a stop in one of Philly's great restaurants. You can't go wrong.
Izzy from Sacramento, California
I saw the matinee show on Saturday, October 13th and was absolutely
astonished and mesmerized. From the moment the orchestra started
playing the overture, I knew this was going to be a show of utmost
quality. The cast was so talented and you could tell their hard work
paid off because it was pure magic! Add the staging and set and
wonderfully played music, and you have a production that will
completely pull you in and sweep you off your feet. I cried a majority
of the time. Emily Bautista, who plays Kim, definitely deserves some
type of award for her performance. Honestly, bring Miss Saigon back
to Broadway with this cast! They are absolutely magnificent! As for the
family-friendly aspect of Miss Saigon, please do research beforehand
on this show because it is a 14+ show (in my opinion). Do NOT bring
Tan Hoang from San Jose, CA
MISS SAIGON 2.0
I had the opportunity to see Miss Saigon at the
Drury Lane theater in London back in 1997 and
have fallen in love with the story and musical
ever since. You might say I am Mister Saigon
since that was my birthplace and my family of
twelve escaped the Communists during the Fall
of Saigon in April 1975. This musical is truly
personal to me and I try to catch a national
tour production every chance I get. I still have
memories of boarding the helicopter as a five
year old child leaving my homeland I barely
knew. The musical version for the 25th
anniversary tour is gritty, raunchy, contains
some nudity both actual and implied and in
the age of the me too movement it felt
uncomfortable at times. However, this is an
accurate depiction during the mid 70’s in
Saigon so the show has nothing to apologize
for. This is definitely not Disney’s Miss Saigon.
Some parental discretion is truly advised. Also
theater goers should read up a little on the
historical perspective of the musical before
Sarah from Lewes, DE
Absolutely awesome. Singing and
acting was phenomenal. Scenery and
use of technology was spectacular.
Wish seats were a little wider.
Unfortunately we aren't all a size 10.
Carla from Chicago, Illinois
CHICAGO: WENT BACK FOR A SECOND SHOW!
This is one of my favorites since first
seeing it 14+ years ago. I saw it last
week with friends with Emily Bautista
and today again with my mom and
aunts with Myra Molloy. Both leads
were fantastic! I was so moved by it
last week that I had to make sure to
share with my family before then end
of the run. I laughed and cried a lot! I
sat in the first two rows both
performances and really appreciated
all the emotion these actors brought
both nights. There is more to it than
the original, but I really enjoyed the
changes. I do agree that the first
scene is even more raunchy than
remembered and was a bit shocked
by the slight nudity, but it made it a
bit more real and not just suggestive.
Red Concepcion, the Engineer, is one
talented dude! The entire cast is A+!
It’s a must see!!! I saw it twice and
loved it even more the second time
Kerry from San Francisco, California
GREAT PRODUCTION AND MUSIC
We went to evening performance in SF at
Orpheum. Did not know what to expect so
was surpised. Right off the orchestra was
amazibg. Music and sings ranged from funny
to poignant to sad. A sad story to tell was
made entertaining with the many props and
visuals. Was it a bit risqué in parts and a bit
raunchy...yes. BUT with the burlesque style
of the play, it worked. My friends and I really
enjoyed it . A standing ovation at the end so
our audience loved it.
Don't know why there are a few bad reviews
Time went by fast and we were happy we
went!! Not for children.
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
JF from Chicago, Illinois
I WANTED TO LIKE THIS TOUR - I REALLY DID
I will preface this review by stating that I've seen Miss Saigon in various places
around the word since the early 1990s. I really wanted to like this production, but it
just fell flat in so many respects. My biggest complaint - and I'm guessing this comes
down to the direction - is that the performers seemed to lack a connection with the
material they were performing. With the possible exception of Chris, most of them
seemed bored. This is certainly problematic so early in a tour. Without that
emotional depth and nuance, this is a show that can quickly become overly dramatic
in a bad way since the underlying material is already so intense.
That being said, this is a beautiful production technically. I will note that from where
I was sitting (second row center in the main floor), the lyrics sounded extremely
Overall, I would skip this production. This may be a difficult decision for nostalgic
fans looking forward to the show, but it's for the best.
Heather G from Chicago, Illinois
NOT THE MISS SAIGON I REMEMBER
They took out they heart of the show. All of
the lyric changes really threw me off. My two
favorite songs, Please was changed so much
it missed the point of the song and Now That
I've Seen Her was taken out. It was far
grittier and all the changes made it difficult
to connect to the main characters' love story.
Heartbroken by the changes to all of my
favorite songs. They focused more on the
darkness and grundge of the time and less
on the heart and humanity. If you don't
know the original, it's a good one to see. But
for the loyal fans, don't waste your money.
Keep the movie in your mind from the
Bob from Chicago, Illinois
Great sets. Gritty! Difficult to understand lyrics. Especially Kim and the Engineer. Was it a
question of the mikes or poor enunciation? Disappointed. Yet there was a standing ovation in
Chicago. Not for children.
Beth. from Chicago, Illinois
Very disappointed as I didn’t know it had
changed from the version I saw over 10 years
ago. It was very unnecessary to have it be so
sleazy. I agree with other reviewers that it was
hard to understand the words at times. The
theater is beautiful and I might see Fiddler
there soon as hopefully they haven’t changed
that version. Our seats were good.
Debbie from San Francisco, California
It saddens me to write this but I've seen Miss Saigon numerous times, in NY, London
and SF at the Orpheum but this time was horrendous I was shocked and disgusted
that concert etiquette does not seem to be observed in SF at the Orpheum. About
20 minutes into the show, a couple arrived late, and were allowed to disrupt our row,
and rows behind us. During a song, we all had to stand up to accommodate this
couple who arrived late. We all stood, so they could get by. What happened to
having the late attendees wait until the 2nd ACT? I was mortified as were the people
in front and behind us. Please reinstate concert etiquette. The people who were
seated on time should not be punished because other people arrive late.
Also, this was the worst version of Miss Saigon I have ever seen. I think due to the
influence of The Voice and American Idol, the singers overdue it. There's no build,
just overdramatic vocals. It was sad as it didn't affect people the way it used to.
RC from Chicago, Illinois
IT WAS OK BUT NOT GEEAT
Also saw the show in the 90s and in other locations.
They changed the lyrics to some songs, removed I’d
Give My Life for You, Now that I’ve Seen Her, It’s Her
or Me. Vocals were not great and it’s very hard not to
compare especially if you have the original cast
recording soundtrack. Very disappointed because
when I watched Wicked and it wasn’t the original cast
it was superb!
At the opening scene it seemed like they had
prerecorded tracks accompanying the ensemble—
dont know if it is to appear “fuller” or just poor sound
system. Was really not impressed by singing, lacks
depth, emotion, no build up with the exception of a
few songs or characters. Acting was also poor -
ensemble, we see each of you, you’re not just a
“chorus” and your half hearted dancing and lack of
energency was so obvious.
Very disappointed and can’t really recommend.
Lulabelle from Washington, District of Columbia
This was unnecessarily raunchy to begin with, scene
one was a real turn off. So so
Leahls from Washington, District of Columbia
I was bored and emotionally
detached. While the voices were
talented the acting and singing did
not conjure emotionally. The sets
were excellent. The sound was often
way too loud and distorting. The
scenes if the whores could have been
done more suggestively so that it
would be a family program. Just a
little over the top in your face. Story
was good and realistre. The music not
Ron Grether from San Francisco, California
GO SEE A GOOD MOVIE INSTEAD
What a disappointment. Off-key singing. Muffled lyrics AND dialogue.
Very little energy from the stage so there was none from the audience.
Some decent choreography but other than that a total waste of time
and money. Too bad since I saw it in London on a night when the
helicopter wasn’t working and I was looking forward to this production.
Once again I’ll never know about the helicopter scene since I high-
tailed it out of there at intermission. .
Theater nerd from Chicago, Illinois
THANK GOODNESS IT WAS CAPTIONED
Do they not teach diction any more? Couldn't understand a word in the first act. While
the singing was fine, the acting was pretty awful. Very disappointing,
Tamara from Chicago, Illinois
MISS SIAGON @ CADILLAC PALACE THEATER CHICAGO
Similar to another patron's review - stage sets were wonderful, costumes were
appropriate. While yes there was a standing ovation at the end of the show - I believe it
was with the creativity of the audience's ability to make sense of what was just heard to
make sense of what we just saw on stage. Most of the songs were not able to be
understood, so understanding the story line was solely by impossible. Being confused
several times I caught myself just zoning out. Definitely not a show I would feel
comfortable bringing a middle schooler due to the brothel scenes and language. Even
attending with my 14 year old/9th grader left me with much to dialogue about. Until
seeing this production, can not say I had a least favorite musical. Hope to see it
someday/somewhere to erase this memory.
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.
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.
Mrs. D. Hagen from Cleveland, Ohio
This is the second time I have seen The play miss Saigon at the Cleveland Playhouse. The first time I found the production to be very good. I was there last night, February 7, and left at intermission with a flood of other people. I found this production to be cheesy and Ronchi. The first scene of the play takes place in a whorehouse. This could have been done very tastefully. However they chose the low road. Dry humping one another and showing bare ass. This was not necessary to get this otherwise beautiful storyline across. It was also quite difficult to understand the words of the songs. Had I not known the story previously, I would’ve been totally lost. Extremely disappointing. And may consider not getting the Broadway series again next year.
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.
Mary Hull from Cleveland, Ohio
Miss Saigon has been one of my favorite plays since I saw it for the first time in Toronto over 25 years ago. Saw the Cleveland production years ago and loved it. Last night was so very disappointing. The raunchy aspects were elevated and the emotional love story was diminished. Not an improvement, I assure you. If one makes it through the whole show, the ending is anticlimactic. I couldn’t get emotionally invested in the characters in this production’s interpretation. My daughter and I had seen it together multiple times in the past so we were excited to share it with the next generation. My 15 year old granddaughter thought we were crazy after seeing this production with us; we had to assure her that this performance was not the Miss Saigon that we loved. Very disappointing. Not all change is for the best.
Karley R from Cleveland, Ohio
MISS SAIGON BROUGHT THE HEAT!
I want to preface by saying, Miss Saigon is my favorite musical so this may be a little biased.
I sat front row on the right side and was eagerly awaiting the sound of the helicopter to signal the start of a phenomenal production. I was not disappointed! The staging and set design was breathtaking. Emily was an absolute POWERHOUSE! Her chemistry with Anthony was through the roof!
I love the new production (thank you Cameron Mackintosh). I think the show feels much more real.
My main disappointment was with the majority of the audience. You could tell there was no enthusiasm in the applause. This cast is performing a very emotional show and they are putting their all into it. I felt insulted for the cast by the lack of appreciation I felt from the audience.
I was awestruck and this production will be held very fondly in my memory.
Ro from Buffalo, New York
DISAPPOINTED AND RAUNCHY
I had high expectations for this musical based on all the hype. I found it to be overly raunchy (really cheapened the show) and drab. I would definitely call it an "R" rated production. The stage settings and props were exceptional. However, the music was not emotionally captivating or uplifting and there was nothing about this production that drew me in. I found it boring. Would not recommend spending your money on it. Definitely not on my list of favorites.
Lee S from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I saw the show opening night and highly recommend it. I have seen other productions and this was one of the best. Acting, singing were first rate. A great love story.
Gary from Cincinnati, Ohio
A GREAT SHOW PROBABLY IF I COULD HAVE HEARD THE SONGS
The leads in this show have incredible range and power in their voices. Unfortunately I could not understand most of songs since the sound design and operator did a complete disservice to this talented cast. We have center orchestra mid-theater seats and had to strain to hear the words. The sound design team should apologize to the cast and the audience.
The system was loud nearly all the time but still could not actually understand songs or dialog. Absolutely ruined the show for me.
I could tell there were problems because there was not much audience reaction to the story.
Lighting and all other tech was spot on.
The cast should feel very proud of the incredible performance they worked to perfect.
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!
BroadwayJunkiesc from Cincinnati, Ohio
I love Broadway—Broadway anything! I was looking forward to seeing Miss Saigon for the first time. The sound of the helicopter at the opening scene had me on the edge of my seat w/anticipation! Then, confusion set in. Had difficulty hearing lyrics and following the erratic storyline - seemed all over the place, creating a disconnect palpable throughout the audience. After an hour and a half(!) of trying desperately to let the performance ‘take me’, the lights came up for intermission. My husband and I looked at each other thinking “what just happened?” We went outside to the front of the theater to get some air when he asked if I was able to follow this and, for the first time EVER, I told him I was not at all able to get into this show. THEN, another first which I am embarrassed to admit to, we LEFT AT INTERMISSION! On the drive home I kept repeating, “I can’t believe we left at intermission.” I SO wanted to see the infamous helicopter scene!! Sadly, sadly disappointed.
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.
Pete from St. Louis, Missouri
NOT MY CUP OF TEA
The stage lighting was so dark, it was difficult to see some of the acting. And it was nearly impossible to follow the story line since we couldn't understand what the actors were saying for most of the show. The raunchiness of some of the scenes was unnecessary and overall we did not enjoy the show. I wanted to leave at the intermission like a lot of people did, but couldn't since we came with another couple. I wouldn't recommend this show and it's definitely not for kids.
Scott from St. Louis, Missouri
MUSICAL YEAR JERKER
This was my first time seeing miss Saigon. It was a beautiful and emotional experience. The score just drives your journey and sweeps over you. The set design was top notch and I loved the characters. To me the music itself stole the show.
NGobran from Houston, Texas
SLEEZY & RAUNCHY
This show is NOT appropriate for 12+! Not even for adults! Rated X movie on stage. We walked out after the first 10 minutes it wasn't getting any better and I was cringing the whole time thinking to myself this was going to let up and get better. Nope! The cursing and sex talk and grinding and just UGH! this is not the same miss siagon from even 5 yrs ago! why must change everything to be Filthy!
Randall Moore from Dallas, Texas
WAS IT JUST ME?
The orchestra was amazing, the signing was very nice, but the simple art of enunciation was lost on this group of actors. My wife and I both felt like, during the songs, that we missed half of the show by not being able to understand the words. Maybe it was the sound system.. maybe not.
The sets were great, the helicopter scene amazing, and overall the show was good... albeit a bit too vulgar and sexually explicit.
Ultimately, I would have enjoyed the performance more had I understood what they were saying more...
Tim Ahlen from Dallas, Texas
THE FIRST SCENE IS EXPLICIT, EVEN PORNOGRAPHIC.
We saw Miss Saigon several years ago, and the only reason we saw it again was that it was part of our season ticket package. This go-round, however, seemed markedly more sexually explicit than the first production. Dancers onstage were simulating oral sex, coital sex, prostitution and rape. Which was a shame because the lead actors had beautiful voices. Their singing was upstaged by the vulgarity. My wife and I walked out at the end of the first act, and would have left sooner but we would've disrupted the audience. Just be forewarned-- you'll probably want to keep the kids home for this one.
A disappointed Mom in Dallas from Dallas, Texas
MISS SAIGON DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS
Very Inappropriate display. Strongly caution you to read the reviews. I walked out of the show with my children within the first 10 minutes. I would describe the opening scenes as embarrassing, sleazy, profane, uncomfortable.
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.
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.
Lenny martinez from Nashville, Tennessee
I saw this show many years ago in San Francisco. The version I saw last night was raunchy. Total disappointment.
Ann B from Boston, Massachusetts
So enthralled with this show that I am going back to see it again. The talent is amazing, especially Emily Bautista who plays Kim. Sets, orchestra, vocals just fabulous. Mesmerizing and haunting, you will never forget the beautiful songs and heartbreaking story.
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.
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.
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