REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Miss Saigon” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Mar 24, 2017
“Miss Saigon,” with a book and lyrics by Alain Boublil, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, and directed by Laurence Connor, opened on March 23, 2017 in New York City. “Miss Saigon,” with a book and lyrics by Alain Boublil, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, and directed by Laurence Connor, opened on March 23, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

33 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 62.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 40
"'Miss Saigon' is as mechanically melodramatic as any theatrical potboiler from the early 20th century...It’s not as if such stories don’t still have the power to stir suspense and tears. But this eventful, sung-through production out of London, directed by Laurence Connor, feels about as affecting as a historical diorama, albeit a lavishly appointed one. This despite the hard and dedicated work of its earnest cast."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 80
"The show retains everything that made it noteworthy in the first place: Schönberg's ear-worm melodies, a massive ensemble of attractive dancers, and a helicopter landing onstage...Connor has opted for the more-is-more approach...When you look beyond the hulking scenery and 'American Idol'-style glory notes, you can see 'Miss Saigon' for what it really is: a bruising indictment of American self-pity in an age in which we still control the lion's share of wealth and power."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 35
"It’s less a song-and-dance affair in any recognizable sense than it is an ’80s summer movie, weighed down with ridiculous special F/X...Boublil’s lyrics are awfully leaden and generic, and Schönberg churns out predictably pseudo-Asian passages throughout the score—pentatonic patterns, flutes and plucked strings—the musicological equivalent of yellowface...Diversity on Broadway should be celebrated, but give actors of color characters we all can care about."

“Miss Saigon” was also reviewed by Tami Shaloum of Stage Buddy, Roma Torre of NY1, Breanne L. Heldman of Entertainment Weekly, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Christopher Kelly of NJ.com, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Linda Winer of Newsday, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, Matt Windman of AM New York, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, and Marilyn Stasio of Variety.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 156 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 88.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining, Epic

Angela Mansberry, ShowScore: 87
See it if…"You've never seen 'Miss Saigon' on stage before. It is a true spectacle for the eyes and ears that must be experienced at least once in life." 
Don't see it if…"You don't enjoy purely romantic, over-the-top musicals. 'Miss Saigon' is basically the love child of 'Les Miz' and 'Phantom,' so be prepared."
Bgelb, ShowScore: 60
See it if…"You enjoy large and ostentatious musicals about love that will tug at your emotions."
Don't see it if…"You prefer a deeper premise and plot, or you don't like overly bloated and emotionally manipulative theater. So much of the show isn't needed."
Ben Martin, ShowScore: 93
See it if…"A tragic love story suits your fancy. This is not a feel-good show but it's powerful." 
Don't see it if…"You aren't a fan of hopeless romance or war stories. The Vietnam War was a challenging period in history; this show captures that."

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