Already closed | 2h 40m | Midtown W

Miss Saigon (Broadway)

From 1,610 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

About the show

Cameron Mackintosh’s new Olivier Award-nominated revival of this classic musical romance comes to Broadway for a limited engagement. More…

Inspired by Puccini's opera 'Madame Butterfly,' Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s 'Miss Saigon' is an epic and tragic love story about the relationship between Chris, an American GI, and Kim, a young Vietnamese woman, during the final days of the Vietnam War. A runaway hit in its original incarnation, 'Miss Saigon' was the 13th longest-running show in Broadway history.

2h 40m | Already closed | The Broadway Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1610)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting
85
Avg Score

96
Great staging, Great singing, Epic, Profound, Tragic

See it if You want to see a near perfect production of a classic tragedy. Love. Loss. Denial. Innocence. Cowards. Heroes. Good and evil. Its all here.

Don't see it if You're looking for laughs or if you didn't like the original. This is exactly like that one only with all the staging "umphed up".

75
Disappointing, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if Tainted review as cell phone light rudeness ruined my show. One of my faves; all must see, original version was better. Engineer was great!

Don't see it if Everyone really should, but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD TURN YOUR PHONES OFF!!!!

83
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging

See it if I would put up there with the great classics. It has everything, great music, acting and staging. It is a powerhouse of a musical.

Don't see it if it is a period piece, it can get slow for some.

85
Romantic, Enchanting, Dated, Cliched, Tragic

See it if Great music, dancing, and production. J.Briones as the pimp (“Engineer”) was funny and engaging. The story had some substance.

Don't see it if Dated gender stereotypes. Egocentric view of United States. Kim’s unnecessary sacrifice of herself at the end was not believable.

95
Ambitious, Absorbing, Epic, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if wish to see a winner. Tremendous improvement in mistakes made in the original.. Powerful depiction of wartime tales. Casting imp since 91

Don't see it if you need an upbeat show, This does include many sad decisions made by the U.S and individuals. Perfection does not exist.

80
Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Epic, Problematic

See it if you can get past the exploitative nature of the story to enjoy a revival that's grander, more charged & better cast than any pvs incarnation

Don't see it if you can't handle a little over-sentimentality, irksome melodrama, racial stereotyping & a histrionic (though beautiful, at times) score.

95
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Romantic

See it if you're a fan of romantic dramas with high stakes and a gorgeous score. The performances are superb. Eva and Jon Jon are mesmerizing.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of classic musicals, romantic stories, or happy endings.

77
Epic, Romantic, Indulgent, Intense, Banal

See it if You intensely love this show or are nostalgic for grand, overstuffed, lavish, dramatic musicals from the 1990s.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of this show (this revival is nothing new, save two great leads and a few new lyrics) or other Les Miz-style musicals.

80
Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Romantic, Intense

See it if You want to see an all stops pulled out classic Broadway style musical. You saw the earlier B'way production, enjoyed it and want to compare

Don't see it if Melodrama is not your thing. You don't want to be visually and aurally reminded of how our military acted while in Vietnam Nam, not pretty !

88
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Classic, classy broadway

See it if Classy production with frills and thrills, great voices, score, choreography and personal tragedies of war that cannot ever be forgotten.

Don't see it if you do not appreciate sung-through musicals; you prefer an intimate theater with an intimate setting; war stories are not your thing.

85
Great staging, Great singing, Impactful

See it if You want to see a poignant story performed in a spectacular staging of the whole Vietnam war complete with helicopter.

Don't see it if You are OK with cynical critics closing down a show with immense popular appeal.

85
Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Melodramatic, Risque

See it if you're looking for a dramatic musical with lush melodies, terrific singing and elaborate production design. Production is a big spectacle.

Don't see it if you might find the melodrama of it all tiresome or the story with American exceptionalism dated. Some mature content and sexual themes.

85
Ambitious, Nicely updated, Great staging, Raunchy

See it if you're up for a raw, raunchy emotional story. Noblezada and Briones are stunning.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to simulated sex - the scenes in the bar are quite racy. This is a fine revival.

75
Entertaining, Great staging, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like a really strong story line, astounding staging with a flying helicopter and a fun show that starts a little slow.

Don't see it if The singing has to be memorable. With the exception of one song, I don't remember any of it. Also it's a super misogynistic play.

96
Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Great score

See it if you loved the original or if you never saw it or if you didn't "get" the original. Just go see it. It is moving, exciting, magical

Don't see it if you hate musicals. This is sung through but doesn't feel stilted. Cast is brilliant. Choreo is amazing. And that score is breathtaking.

82
Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Indulgent, Escapist

See it if You like powerhouse singers, romantic ballads, elaborate moving sets, and grand scale. You’d see Fantine’s spin-off.

Don't see it if You’re looking for fine acting and characters you can relate to (rather than tragic types in extreme situations), or a cheerful comedy

Also If you want to understand how musical theater was revitalized for a ne... Read more Read less

49
Bad sets, bad sound system, overacting, over-singing, and unrelentingly anti-american

See it if I am not sure I can come up with a reason. The choreography is primitive this is just ugly.

Don't see it if You have seen a gentler more light handed version. If you have never seen it. This just doesnt work on any level.

78
Dated, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great acting

See it if you are interested in Vietnam war storylines, and on the history around the destiny of children born from war and their parents.

Don't see it if you want a happy story, are bodered by war stories or are not interested in romance between soldiers & locals and their children.

80
Satisfyingly melodramatic, Great staging, Evocative reminder of a sad history, Intense acting/singing

See it if A flawed & powerful indictment of the Vietnam pullout, stolen from Madama Butterfly. My 30-year-old seatmate had a history lesson & was...

Don't see it if ...shocked by the seamy portrayal of Saigon/Bangkok nightlife, but what was not true? I cried just as occurred 25 years ago & at Puccini.

82
Great singing, Great acting, Disappointing, Good score, So-so staging

See it if the tour comes to you & you’ve never seen it. The memorable score lifts uneven material. Briones, Noblezada & Ilaw gave great Bway turns.

Don't see it if you’ve seen it before. The changes made to the libretto since its original London run have lessened the show rather than improved it.

Also In particular, the song changes have weakened, not strengthened the ma... Read more Read less

98
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Wonderful acting, singing, sets, special effects. Real chemistry & emotion btw. actors; I was an emotional puddle by the end. Loved it!

Don't see it if You don't like big, intense, lavish musicals. I was not familiar with the original & was completely swept up by the story & blown away.

Also Kudos in particular to Eva Noblezada, who was absolutely luminous. I w... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Insipid, Dizzying, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you never saw the original (Lea Salonga was the whole show then). In this lavish revival, The Engineer is the whole show and he's excellent.

Don't see it if you saw the original. Same 2-3 pretty songs, the helicopter is still cool (if it works), but still one of THE worst bdwy-show endings EVER.

Also Could have done without the new jokes added: Book of Mormon references... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Intelligent, Incredible singing & staging, Resonant, Emotional

See it if you want to feel something profound while also being taken by an unexpected romance; don't mind tragedies. Go to see Eva Noblezada amaze.

Don't see it if you don't like unhappy endings, are bothered by some sexy and salacious scenes (and song lyrics), need something more contemporary and new.

Also This mostly-sung-through musical set mostly in 1970s Vietnam balances ... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Must see, Profound, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You saw the original bway, it won't disappoint. You enjoy a love story with a plot twist.

Don't see it if you want to see a play.

68
Dated, Overrated, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to see this classic, complete with helicopter. The Engineer was phenomenal!

Don't see it if If you didn't see it the first time around, this version feels dated and simpering, doesn't live up to the hype of the past.


March 23rd, 2017
"'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 affecti...
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March 23rd, 2017
"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...
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March 23rd, 2017
"In condemning the exploitation of the Vietnamese while in alternate breaths exploiting them for Broadway-scale titillation, the show tries to have it both ways...It’s one thing to dramatize the degradation of women; it’s another thing to wink while doing it...The unrelieved hyper-emphasis of Lau...
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March 23rd, 2017
"Sure, it's a brash, broad-strokes saga with questionable racial and gender representation and a taste for salacious vulgarity. But although director Laurence Connor has adhered to the basic contours of the original, his grittier approach exposes teeth in the material that I don't recall previous...
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