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"'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." Full Review
"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...Noblezada plays a woman who has given up on the notion of true love before her first song...It's the kind of desperation that few people sitting in a Broadway house will ever personally experience, which is why it is all the more vital that it be presented there, in such a spectacular, tourist-trapping form." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"Classy revitalization of an old, presumably boring property that proves to have plenty of life in it yet. The upscale revival should bring a tear to old-timers with romantic memories of the original schmaltzy score, while titillating newbies...The production values alone are a jaw-dropper...With all this spectacle turning your head, it’s a wonder that one of the many bar girls, Rachelle Ann Go’s touching Gigi, makes a strong impression." Full Review
"The production’s impressive visual spectacle, lively staging and crowd-pleasing vocal calisthenics cannot completely mask a script that leans heavily on emotional manipulation and one-dimensional storytelling...Perhaps a miraculous cast could take such blunt-force emotional instruments and soften them into credibility...If the new 'Miss Saigon' is powerful, it’s because of the powerhouse singing...In fairness, the revival delivers on the thrills that its fans are surely expecting." Full Review
"For this mounting, though, the writers and director Laurence Connor have striven to strip everything but the helicopter of that 'mega' status. And without it, not only does 'Miss Saigon' not work, it barely registers. This is not merely because of Connor's sluggish staging, which when it's not overly obvious hits the brakes on an evening that ought to be in near-constant acceleration...Then there are the performances, none of which rises above adequate." Full Review
"It’s an opera for the tone-deaf: The dramatic gestures are broad and banal, and the faux-rock songs are exercises in louder-is-betterness whose tunes go round and round in tight little circles of melodic monotony. As for the lyrics, by Mr. Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr., they’re by turns tawdry and trite...Should you spend $165 to see it? I can do no better than to quote Max Beerbohm: 'For people who like that kind of thing, that is the kind of thing they like.'" Full Review
"'Miss Saigon' is more relevant and heartbreaking today than when it premiered on Broadway in 1991...As directed by Laurence Connor, this solid and satisfying revival builds on the extraordinary visuals, nonstop adrenaline, sweeping emotions and pulsating musical score that characterized the original production while adding an unmissable brutality and grittiness...Briones, Noblezada and Brammer are giving high intensity performances that stand on par with their predecessors." Full Review
"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 previously being so sharp...Noblezada is a legitimate discovery, just as Salonga was the first time around...This is brawny, crowd-pleasing entertainment." Full Review
"This bracing new production from London reminds that whirlybirds can’t whip up emotions. Only good actors can do that. The revival has plenty of them. Jon Jon Briones brings sleaze and sly humor to the role that won Jonathan Pryce a Tony 25 years ago. His gritty take on 'American Dream' is a highlight. Too bad he’s also saddled with a gratuitous 'Make American great again' line. It mars the show's otherwise fine-tuned return." Full Review
"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 Laurence Connor’s direction basically squashes whatever might be good in 'Miss Saigon'...I am also sorry to report that the helicopter looks like a manatee." Full Review
"This production, directed by Laurence Connor, is sensational in every way: visually and sonically (often painfully so). Most important, it’s brilliantly cast...'Miss Saigon' is a show that eats its cheesecake and has it too, like a skin flick that runs a banner at the end promising to donate proceeds to a home for wayward girls...How I felt about 'Miss Saigon': two hours, 40 minutes passed with my head buried in a lot of heaving chests, grateful to come up for air." Full Review
"The helicopter may not be completely the real thing but with the help of projections, lighting and strong fans, it's still pretty amazing...Using that spectacle factor and the quality of the singing now on stage as a baseline to judge how 'Miss Saigon' holds up, the answer is 'Yes.' This is the biggest, most spectacle rich show in town...'Bravo' to the ensemble members on both the American and Vietnamese side...Current events make this new production as sadly timely as it is entertaining." Full Review
"Eva Noblezada has an enormous, poignant strength and a piercing voice that can delicately float as confidently as it blasts. Alistair Brammer has the voice, the jaw and the muscles of a gentle American giant...The story feels more urgent amid renewed refugee tragedies and our consciousness of the sex trade. And the narrative — helped by unusually graceful lyrics — almost distract from the generic Euro-pop ballads and anthems that sound like many we’ve heard before." Full Review
"Once again the music is merely loud when it needs to be affecting...Rather than giving us an impression of the repressive regime, director Laurence Connor and choreographer Bob Avian turn these songs into typical Broadway showstoppers...If only the songwriters had recycled more from Kander and Ebb...The lyrics by Boublil and Matlby Jr. can be summed up in their creation of a character named John. He isn’t named Bruce because Bruce doesn’t rhyme with Saigon." Full Review
"Briones is the focal point of this 'Miss,' part-character and part-narrator, emceeing his way across Asia with gyrating hips and snarky asides...The helicopter scene remains phenomenal...My issues with 'Miss Saigon' aren’t deal-breakers: the heavy-handed orchestrations sometimes unintentionally subvert the presence of the actors. And the initial bond between Kim and Chris isn’t sketched out enough, lessening the finale’s impact." Full Review
"The ballad-heavy score remains, for the most part, slightly soporific; the Vietnam-era-set libretto is both melodramatic and sometimes offensive, and Connor’s direction favors assaulting the senses whenever possible. That means the helicopter is bigger and more realistic than before. And the first act somehow seems livelier, in part due to its complete lack of subtlety. But the only real reason to even consider seeing this show are the outstanding performances from the three leads." Full Review
"'Miss Saigon' soars to the rafters...Director Laurence Connor has darkened the tone considerably...Casting is key in this production...Young Eva Noblezada, discovered while in high school, is quite a find with the instincts of a seasoned veteran and the vocal range to match. With Alistair Brammer as Chris, the doomed lovers raise tragedy to epic proportions...This is a most worthy revival, and now, minus the controversy, fans are free to re-live the thrill." Full Review
"Never much rises above the level of hummable schmaltz. Yet if 'Miss Saigon' hasn't necessarily refined with age, this is nonetheless a handsome, accomplished production -- an artful application of lipstick on a pot-bellied pig. The director, Laurence Connor, does an exceptional job moving the more than three-dozen actors across a busy, sometimes cluttered set, and he keeps a firm grip on the potentially confusing storyline." Full Review
"Making lots of noise but managing to say precious little...All-too-mechanical revival...There’s still bracing romanticism in a score...But...you’re conscious of an absence. That would be the missing ingredient of outsize performances, to match what is supposed to be a politics-infused love story of epic scale...They come across less as people than as war-story archetypes. Lacking incisive emotionality, the plot rolls along flatly." Full Review
"Stunning performances from the entire cast make this revival pure Broadway joy...The effects of the U.S. war in Vietnam are tangibly felt...This is a particularly timely subject in our current political climate with the plight of immigrants in our country...There is no doubt this revival of 'Miss Saigon' is a hit. With a top-notch cast, dynamic visuals, and a story that speaks to the complexities of the American Dream, this classic will definitely be beloved by a new generation of theatergoe... Full Review
"Just how can you make the sexual, romantic, emotional and financial exploitation and abuse of a vulnerable Vietnamese woman into a barnstorming theatrical night out? This reporter could not see it; others around him, very visibly and audibly, could. Briones and Noblezada are the evening’s astonishing powerhouses...They soar, perhaps award-winningly, above the bizarre material they have to perform. The fault does not lie with them, or the wonderful orchestra and musicians." Full Review
"The show is completely sung-through, which was common in the ’90s but feels a bit dated today. Further, much of those songs are sweeping, melodramatic ballads...Eva Noblezada is probably the show’s biggest wow (sorry, helicopter)...In general, this new iteration has a more appropriately gritty feel than the show had in the ’90s, from the physical set to the portrayal of Americans and the consequences of war. Still, it’s a pretty darn schmaltzy show to begin with." Full Review
for a previous production "Eva Noblezada makes an astonishing stage debut. At 18, she has poise, power and a superb voice throughout a seriously wide vocal range...Everyone else busts a gut but their combined efforts look, well, effortful. Crowded with action and technical cues, Laurence Connor’s huge, strenuous production feels staged rather than directed...For both better and worse it’s a story told in broad brushstrokes in which everyone leaps to emotional conclusions at the earliest opportunity." Full Review
for a previous production "The show's political point about the casualties of a disastrous war comes across clearly. If I was less moved by the love story, it was no fault of the actors but of the fact that Schönberg's score becomes generic and rhetorical in the big romantic numbers. They are, however, very well sung by Eva Noblezada as Kim and Alistair Brammer as Chris...I can't say I was deeply moved but I came away feeling this is a successful variation on an old tale and put across with exemplary vigor." Full Review
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.
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 game period in history, this show captures that.
See it if you want to hear some incredible music and see a talented cast. It is a very thought-provoking and emotional show.
Don't see it if you want to see a show with a happy ending.
See it if You want to be swept up on an adventure of love, heartbreak, hope, humor, and courage in an exquisite show set during the Vietnam War.
Don't see it if You don't like bright flashing lights, gun shots, scenes of war, or swearing on stage.
See it if you want to see a large, epic musical with powerful performances. The 3 leads all deliver, especially Kim and the Engineer. Strong talent!
Don't see it if you aren't aware of the story or the history. This one isn't for the kiddies.
See it if enjoy dramatic musicals that make you feel all of the feelings. The acting and singing are fantastic, and the staging exceeds expectations.
Don't see it if you need every word sung to be from the original cast recording. There are definitely script and song changes that require flexibility.
See it if you are ready to face life's reality at it worst and it's best, where no one is guilty but people suffer anyway.
Don't see it if with kids as it might be too cruel for a young brain/heart to comprehend the story and there are some elements of harlotry, otherwise do
See it if Eva Noblezada & Jon Jon Briones in star making roles! Production is stellar! This is how you do a Broadway show - Big, strong & powerful!
Don't see it if You don't want to see Broadway at its best! This show will take you through every emotion & leave you breathless! You don't want to miss it!
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 isnt needed.
See it if Exquisite Asian ensemble in a grand revival of a classic with well done production values; Kim is a standout in a gorgeous big production
Don't see it if Story is gritty and romantic but formulaic; however it will appeal to your senses because the set is great and effects are amazing
See it if If you are a fan of the original work, and would love to see a new extravagant production of this powerful story with a beautiful score;
Don't see it if If you're looking for something light-hearted or simple;
See it if you want a powerfully emotional musical with a compelling story & soaring score, great acting & staging, and music that will stay with you.
Don't see it if you're not prepared to feel moved by the story and the characters, or you don't like shows told principally through powerful song.
See it if You have any interest at all...I didn't see Eva and was still wowed. Beautifully staged, precisely what a revival of this show should be.
Don't see it if You can't handle the story (Vietnam, violence, tragedy, etc.).
See it if It's a classical musical; Eva Noblezada really is a star, the staging and set are AMAZING (the helicopter!). This is a Big Show.
Don't see it if Don't get seats in the rear mezz; I was so far in the back that the set was like watching ants. Skip this if you want something cutting edge
See it if you like classic, big-budget musicals with four dozen cast members; you're a Les Mis fan (lots of similarities); you've never seen it before
Don't see it if you don't want tragedy, loads of sexual exploitation, or gloriously choreographed soldiers dancing under Ho Chi Minh's giant, golden head
See it if you love the music or the story. If you've never seen it before, this is one great production. Don't miss it!
Don't see it if No reason I can think of. This is a great revival of a lovely show.
See it if you want a fresh take on this classic show. The story is just as compelling as ever and this cast delivers.
Don't see it if you are looking for a happy ending or uncomfortable watching a show about the Vietnam War experience.
See it if you have never seen it before, like "belting" the songs, enjoy sex jokes, like big musicals, lots of movement, big cast
Don't see it if you saw the original, lead female singer hard to understand when she sings, the engineer overplayed, dragons and statue of liberty, overdone
See it if Miss Saigon will tell you what a musical is! Not a single scene is weaker than others, and all the cast+music are magnificent!
Don't see it if You don't like war themes and prostitution. You want a happy-ending story.
See it if Great show!! If you love musicals go see it. The scenery is excellent!! THE HELICOPTER!!!! Great acting and singing! Great for theatre lover
Don't see it if Young kids won't understand it also not appropriate for them. If you don't like musicals! Must see if you do
See it if You like the score, and you want to see a great performance by Eva Noblezada (Kim). My showscore number is based on her fabulous performance
Don't see it if You saw the original. Other than Noblezada, this version is not as strong. The love story was not directed with the tenderness of the orig.
See it if you want to see a mega musical of old done full-scale again. Amazing sets, huge cast and music that gives you chills. Moving story.
Don't see it if You don't want to see sex workers portrayed onstage. Or if you did not like Les Miz. It is similar in that it's story is dramatic.
See it if you love spectacle done well, large ensembles working hard, want to see Madame Butterfly modernized, or want a fun night out at the theater.
Don't see it if you hate sung-through musicals, want to see something profound, want to see something original and brand new, or hate lavish set pieces.