Leahls from Washington, District of Columbia
I was bored and emotionally detached. While the voices were talented the acting and singing did not conjure emotionally. The sets were excellent. The sound was often way too loud and distorting. The scenes if the whores could have been done more suggestively so that it would be a family program. Just a little over the top in your face. Story was good and realistre. The music not memorable.
RC from Chicago, Illinois
IT WAS OK BUT NOT GEEAT
Also saw the show in the 90s and in other locations. They changed the lyrics to some songs, removed I’d Give My Life for You, Now that I’ve Seen Her, It’s Her or Me. Vocals were not great and it’s very hard not to compare especially if you have the original cast recording soundtrack. Very disappointed because when I watched Wicked and it wasn’t the original cast it was superb! At the opening scene it seemed like they had prerecorded tracks accompanying the ensemble— dont know if it is to appear “fuller” or just poor sound system. Was really not impressed by singing, lacks depth, emotion, no build up with the exception of a few songs or characters. Acting was also poor - ensemble, we see each of you, you’re not just a “chorus” and your half hearted dancing and lack of energency was so obvious. Very disappointed and can’t really recommend.
Heather G from Chicago, Illinois
NOT THE MISS SAIGON I REMEMBER
They took out they heart of the show. All of the lyric changes really threw me off. My two favorite songs, Please was changed so much it missed the point of the song and Now That I've Seen Her was taken out. It was far grittier and all the changes made it difficult to connect to the main characters' love story. Heartbroken by the changes to all of my favorite songs. They focused more on the darkness and grundge of the time and less on the heart and humanity. If you don't know the original, it's a good one to see. But for the loyal fans, don't waste your money. Keep the movie in your mind from the 1990's version.
JF from Chicago, Illinois
I WANTED TO LIKE THIS TOUR - I REALLY DID
I will preface this review by stating that I've seen Miss Saigon in various places around the word since the early 1990s. I really wanted to like this production, but it just fell flat in so many respects. My biggest complaint - and I'm guessing this comes down to the direction - is that the performers seemed to lack a connection with the material they were performing. With the possible exception of Chris, most of them seemed bored. This is certainly problematic so early in a tour. Without that emotional depth and nuance, this is a show that can quickly become overly dramatic in a bad way since the underlying material is already so intense. That being said, this is a beautiful production technically. I will note that from where I was sitting (second row center in the main floor), the lyrics sounded extremely garbled. Overall, I would skip this production. This may be a difficult decision for nostalgic fans looking forward to the show, but it's for the best.
Beth. from Chicago, Illinois
Very disappointed as I didn’t know it had changed from the version I saw over 10 years ago. It was very unnecessary to have it be so sleazy. I agree with other reviewers that it was hard to understand the words at times. The theater is beautiful and I might see Fiddler there soon as hopefully they haven’t changed that version. Our seats were good.
Bob from Chicago, Illinois
Great sets. Gritty! Difficult to understand lyrics. Especially Kim and the Engineer. Was it a question of the mikes or poor enunciation? Disappointed. Yet there was a standing ovation in Chicago. Not for children.
Debbie from San Francisco, California
It saddens me to write this but I've seen Miss Saigon numerous times, in NY, London and SF at the Orpheum but this time was horrendous I was shocked and disgusted that concert etiquette does not seem to be observed in SF at the Orpheum. About 20 minutes into the show, a couple arrived late, and were allowed to disrupt our row, and rows behind us. During a song, we all had to stand up to accommodate this couple who arrived late. We all stood, so they could get by. What happened to having the late attendees wait until the 2nd ACT? I was mortified as were the people in front and behind us. Please reinstate concert etiquette. The people who were seated on time should not be punished because other people arrive late. Also, this was the worst version of Miss Saigon I have ever seen. I think due to the influence of The Voice and American Idol, the singers overdue it. There's no build, just overdramatic vocals. It was sad as it didn't affect people the way it used to.
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