It’s written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil and in the 80s it went huge with Lea Salonga (the voice of Mulan and a Broadway star, for those of you who really don’t know who she is) as Kim and Simon Bowman as Chris Scott. And this new edition for the 25th anniversary of the musical with Eva Noblezada and Alistair Brammer as Kim and Chris is just as good as the old one (which is to say, it’s amazing). If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m going to recount a few reasons as to why you should really, and I mean really, do yourself the favor of doing so ASAP.
One, the music is incredible with such sweet classics as “The Movie in My Mind”, “Why God Why”, “Sun and Moon”, and “The American Dream”. The singing is off the charts amazing and moving and all the things that La La Land or even Les Mis, the movie, wasn’t.
Two, it’s an actual theater production filmed on camera (oh don’t give me that look)! It’s filmed beautifully with a lot of close ups that transport you into a different world. Into the world of love and war and lives torn apart and stitched back together.
Three, it’s the best love story since Rome and Juliet (no, better even, because it has these songs that just make you want to cry and laugh and cry again). After seeing it, my own heart was in a state of shattered confusion and my mind, in a state of sheer amazement.
Four, the set. Oh, the set was something to look at, with dingy bars, crowded streets, grey slums, real helicopters, and so much more. The way it was filmed also enhanced the set in ways watching it from a theater seat couldn’t. I was simply stunned.
Five, the actors were a joy to watch. Their performance was captivating, a rare gem that you don’t stumble upon very often. There was so much pain and passion and fierceness and injustice and love in the way they portrayed the characters, that I couldn’t help but be invested in their story from start to finish and then some.
In fact, Miss Saigon was so incredible, that I didn’t even mind the ending. Were there any flaws, you ask?
I scoff at your question.
No, no, NO!
But I wouldn’t recommend it for children under 16-17 because of some explicit content (it’s nothing too serious but still if you have a kid, maybe you should watch the musical by yourself first, and then judge whether or not you want them to see it). You’ll probably want to see it again after it’s over, anyways. So that doesn’t count as a flaw.
Overall, it was one of the best movies/musicals/stories I’ve seen/read recently and I’m very inclined to keep talking about its utter epicness. But, alas, I’ll spare you my further fangirling and go have another listen to the soundtrack, while you go have a look at the musical (really, why are you not watching it already?).