Miss Saigon – This time brought to life by director Laurence Connor – has officially opened at Manchester Palace Theatre for its two month run and i was lucky enough to be invited along for press night last night.
In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17 year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.
In order for a show to run for 2 consecutive months in Manchester it has to be technically brilliant and engaging and working on a lot of levels to even stand a chance and First impressions really count and The Heat Is ON sets the tone perfectly with amazingly timed set pieces , crisp vocals and perfect stage awareness by all the cast.
Sooha Kim playing Kim is a delight. Her first scenes saw her very reserved as was fitting for the character and throughout the show you can see the true strength of the character coming through more and more.
Ashley Gilmour`s Chris was confident and with crisp and clear vocals and a good stage presence which had you believing in the character and investing emotionally in him.
My stand out performer for the show is Red Concepción playing The Engineer. The role requires an ability to tie all the characters together with a certain grace and comedic ability thrown in for good measure. His acting and stage presence was just amazing and one of the Highlights of the show for me was his rendition of American Dream which was choreographed and presented perfectly.
Kim`s Nightmare in act two is a probably the best scene in the entire production for me and is a flashback to how Kim and Chris got separated in act one.
The very clever staging of the withdrawal including the helicopter heading over the audience and appearing on stage was amazing and the values in the production should be applauded. You really feel caught up in the dramatic moments of the withdrawal and the helicopter effects really draw you into that drama.
Final Score: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A truly Magnificent piece of musical theatre
To sum up i believe this is a truly magnificent piece of musical thetre. The production values are amazing , The cast is outstanding , The very clever multi level set is truly outstanding and the music under the direction of James mcKeon is exquisite.
All in all this show is truly unmissable and i totally suggest you get your tickets asap.
I am sure that people who see Miss Saigon during it`s Manchester run will be talking about it for a very long time to come
Miss Saigon is Showing at The Palace Theatre , Manchester until May 12th 2018
To book tickets or for further information click HERE