Miss Saigon the Musical: A War-torn Tragic Love Story

She’s back and she’s fabulous! This is Miss Saigon’s tagline during its month-long run in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. Indeed, it was terrific! Honestly, I was not a fan of musicals but because Miss Saigon is very popular especially to us, Filipinos (the first Kim is Lea Salonga, a Filipina), I did not miss it for the world! Thanks to my friend who persuaded me to watch it. Now I am dying to see other musicals in theatre.

Clad in a fiery red dress (which is very unusual for a pants-lover me) and a warm brown coat, we arrived an hour early to watch the show with other expectant, mostly elderlies. I was all eyes from the start to finish and I bet, the show gets better and better the next time.

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For Your Information

Just so you know, Miss Saigon tells a tragic romance story of a Vietnamese bar girl and an American soldier. This acclaimed production of  Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil was inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. It was set in the 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Two of the original main cast in 1989 were Lea Salonga and Isay Alvarez are both Filipinos.

What I Love

The Production and Special Effects. Hands down to the men and women behind the production because it was really impressive! The most talked about helicopter scene was spectacular (not to spoil you) and the setting during the Vietnam War was excellent! I was so amazed of how quickly they switch the background for the next scenes.

The Orchestra. Though they were hidden under the stage, I give 5 stars to the people behind the music and the sound effects which gave life to the beautiful songs in the musical. They were all fantastic!

The Cast. With all the high notes plus the exhaustion of performing for consecutive days, I admire how the cast managed to still deliver a great show. I so love the engineer but for the record, all of them were excellent. They really gave their very best shot including the cute and adorable little Tam.

What I Hate

The Ending. I am a fan of feel-good, happy ending stories. If I have known that the ending is tragic, I might have said a big NO to my friend (Good thing I did not search Mr. Google to read the synopsis which I usually do before watching a movie or reading a book). I won’t narrate what happened though. See for yourself!

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Conclusion

Miss Saigon, though the backdrop was set in the 1960s-70s, depicts the real-life situation of today’s generation. Lost love, war, suicide, poverty— these are still existing and we can still hear it in the news often times. Oh! Love is painful. Although many of us believe in happy ever after, others find it hard to experience the joy that lasts a lifetime.

Make no mistake. If Miss Saigon visits your country, grab your ticket prompto! Take it from me, an ex-not-so-fan of musicals who enjoyed the stunning show. Just a warning though, some scenes are not suitable for young audiences.

Have a blast, folks!

(Photo credit: Clarinda Rondain)

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