As the cast took their bows and the curtain dropped I knew I had just witnessed brilliance.
Wow. I have no words. Stunning performance. Damn onions under our seats making me cry. This run of Miss Saigon on Broadway is for a limited time only, and a must see if in NYC.
Triumphant! Absorbing! Emotional! Powerful! Moving! There are so many feels I experienced while sitting though this performance of Miss Saigon. Even though the base story is kind of sad you still could not deny the uplifting soul of this musical. The talent of the cast coming over from the West End in London shines during every act. The singing soars. The stage design is perfect. The costuming superb. The special effects are truly what makes Broadway magical. I read many positive reviews of the run Miss Saigon with this cast received across the pond, and it did not disappoint.
The helicopter scene during the fall of Saigon was both mesmerizing, scary, and heartfelt all at once, and is an image that will stay with me forever. It was just an amazing scene, and you can almost feel what was going through those people’s minds during that horrible time of the Vietnam War. Lives torn apart. Loves lost.
The cast is top notch and as a whole did a superlative job, and performed their roles beautifully. Every one of them can sing, dance, and act. At times there seemed to be so many people on the stage, and at others one or two was just enough with a commanding aura around them. My God, the two leads, Eva Noblezada as Kim and Alistair Brammer as Chris, were perfect as star crossed lovers whose lives were torn apart. Eva has an amazing voice and was simply astounding. The real showstopper was Jon Jon Briones as the Engineer. Even though his role at times made you a bit angry at him, he also offered much needed comic relief that helped move the show along. His big moment, which was a song and dance number was a one man tour de force, and can be compared to James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway’s show stopping whirlwind scene. With such a deep topic source some lightheartedness was welcomed. Yet, even his character experiences pain and anguish throughout in his own way.
The American Dream was so close, but yet, so far away for so many.
The ending scene is haunting, and for many such a shock as it was unexpected if unaware of the story’s plot. Again, damn onions being peeled next to me. Yeah, you need to question your soul if a few tears are not shed watching this. No shame for a man to cry.
Thanks so much to Yelp NYC and Miss Saigon for setting us up with tickets to see this wonderful performance. It was one of those things that makes one appreciate life, the freedom to love, the freedom to live, and the freedom to shed a tear for those who experience such hardship and despair. Brilliant.
Miss Saigon US – http://www.saigonbroadway.com/
The Broadway Theatre – http://www.shubert.nyc/theatres/broadway/