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MISS SAIGON at Prince Edward Theatre

July 11, 2014

I saw the original production of MISS SAIGON at Drury Lane 25 years ago with Lea Salonga and Jonathan Pryce. Nicholas Hytner’s masterful production of Boubil and Schonberg’s opera brought me face to face with the reality of War and taught me about the cultural power of true art to genuinely transform. I saw the show again on Broadway, in Schevenigen in Holland and on tour in Milton Keynes in the UK. Last year I saw a new re-staged production of the show in Utrecht which was full of energy. The new London production of MISS SAIGON at the Prince Edward uses the Utrecht staging as its blueprint, with added West End magic in scenes such as the helicopter evacuation of Saigon and starring an incredible newly discovered sensation Eva Noblezada in her stunning professional debut. What an amazing voice she has. Jon Jon Briones gives what for me is the most authentic performance I have ever seen of the leading character the Engineer. I particularly liked Kwang-Ho Hong with his hauntingly whispering voice as Thuy and Hugh Maynard brings a refreshingly powerful soulful voice to the role of John. The excellent Tasmin Carrol gets a new song for Ellen and Alistair Brammer is a cute Chris with a voice to match. This show has the buzz and if you like musical revivals this show is probably the best you will experience in the West End this summer.

Miss Saigon

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