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On the 26th January I went to the Empire Theatre in Sunderland to watch a production of Miss Saigon. To be honest, when I first read an outline of the story, I imagined it to be quite a dull experience. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this producti...

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On the 26th January I went to the Empire Theatre in Sunderland to watch a production of Miss Saigon. To be honest, when I first read an outline of the story, I imagined it to be quite a dull experience. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this production, and the musical score was amazing. A musical I have seen that could be compared to "Miss Saigon" is "Les Miserables" as they are both set pre, during and post-war and both have quite a sad story. The musical Miss Saigon presents us with powerful ideas about culture and conflict, history and tradition. It sensitively contrasts individual relationships with national struggles for political control. It asks us to consider the nature of sacrifice and our capacity for selfless love. The story is set in 1975 during the final days leading up to the American evacuation of Saigon. Miss Saigon is the story of two young lovers torn apart by the fortunes of destiny and held together by a burning passion and the fate of a small child. This musical masterpiece with its soaring melodies and powerful emotions has captured hearts - and awards - around the world. ...read more.


Over the past years Thuy has "convinced" (think Do it or Die) the engineer to find Kim and lead Thuy to her. He goes and is almost shot when Kim again refuses to marry Thuy. It is now that we see Kim is with out Chris, But we also learn she has a son. Thuy is greatly angered by this and tries to kill the boy, but Kim in protection of her son, shoots Thuy. She then goes to find the engineer for help. He helps for his own gain, seeing as how Kim's child is American; he can finally fulfill his dream of moving to America. All three travel to Bangkok to start their journey to the USA. It is now that we learn what has happened to Chris after the 3 years. We see he is married now to a woman named Ellen; however he still worries about Kim and has nightmares. Chris never told Ellen about Kim, but Ellen suspects something is not right in Chris' life. Chris and John are still friends and both are looking for Kim to make sure she is alright. At a function John is speaking at he tells Chris that he has found Kim and that He and Ellen, as well as himself should go to Bangkok to find her. ...read more.


Kim, now desperate to help her son know what its like to have love from a father, is set on killing herself. She sits alone with her son and tells him that she is leaving but she will always be near. As she hears footsteps she pulls the trigger of the gun. Chris, followed buy John, Ellen and The engineer rush into the room. All shocked, the room becomes silent, except for the sound of Chris sobbing and asking why Kim did it. The set goes dark as Kim dies. The acting skills of the actors in the production where superb. I especially enjoyed the scenes that included "The Engineer" because he was extremely funny and his gestures really pulled off the part. The woman who played Kim was exceptional, the emotion and feeling she put into her acting was phenomenal and was very convincing. I would recommend this show to anyone, although it is not suitable for a young audience. Your heart would be gripped by the sorrow the characters are feeling, your senses would be ensnared by the excellent on stage graphics, set, lighting, and most of all the power put into each song and the heartfelt lyrics. If you have time and some spare cash, I would really urge you to make the effort to go and see this "Madame Butterfly" type theatrical set in Saigon. ...read more.

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