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Randall Moore from Dallas, Texas
WAS IT JUST ME?
The orchestra was amazing, the signing was very nice, but the simple art of enunciation was lost on this group of actors. My wife and I both felt like, during the songs, that we missed half of the show by not being able to understand the words. Maybe it was the sound system.. maybe not. The sets were great, the helicopter scene amazing, and overall the show was good... albeit a bit too vulgar and sexually explicit. Ultimately, I would have enjoyed the performance more had I understood what they were saying more...
EBalita from Los Angeles, California
NOT THE MISS SAIGON I LOVED.
I took my daughter and son-in-law to see it because, my wife and I enjoyed a community production before. I was disappointed. The sound at the Pantages was terrible. Maybe it was the mics? Maybe the actors needed to enunciate more? Maybe the orchestra was too loud? The result is the audience misses so much of the story because they could not hear the lyrics of the songs. I didn't like the set. It was minimalist compared to a smaller community production I saw. I mean I know it is not Broadway but they could have done a better job; smaller productions have. Also, was the sequencing altered? Were songs omitted? The ending seemed anti-climactic. Probably the most noticeable change that was in the wrong direction was how unnecessarily raunchy the language and the acting has become. Why? Also, has the Engineer become more violent? It definitely was not the Miss Saigon I loved. Soooo disappointed. Wish I picked a different production.
from Denver, Colorado
NOT RECOMMENDED - TERRIBLE BUELL ACOUSTICS/SOUND SYSTEM RUINED THE EXPERIENCE
We just moved to Denver and I had been looking forward to our first experience at Buell. Sadly, despite sitting center orchestra the sound was so bad I maybe understood 10% of the words to the songs. We left at intermission. I wouldn’t recommend spending the money to see the Denver version. We’re wondering, based on the acoustics/sound system, if we made a mistake purchasing a subscription and several additional shows. We’ll give the Buell another hoping it will be better there next time.
TLHILL from Tempe, Arizona
LATE AND HORRIBLE SOUND QUALITY = WASTE OF MONEY
I have season tickets. Love Gammage and I think I would have LOVED this play had I been able to understand more of what was being said. We attended on 9/24. It started 45 minutes late (815) with no explanation. The actor who played Chris was next to impossible to understand. Clarity and acoustics were terrible and although he had a great voice, I could not make out the story in the melody. Kim's lines were not much better. John was the most audible as were the group ensemble themes but if you cannot follow the story, how moved can you be? What a huge disappointment. First half a total waste with poste intermission slightly better. I feel like I need to see it again to appreciate it. On the flip side, the props were fantastic and especially a scene involving a helicopter. It was impressive but not enough to recover from the disappointment of spending $150 for two tickets to a show that was delayed and in- inaudible. Super disappointed in the delivery of what is a great story.
Kris from Tempe, Arizona
MISS SAIGON AS DINNER THEATRE
I saw the original in Boston in 1990. It was heartbreaking and poignant. The revival has the emotional depth of your local high school's production of Our Town. Between the overacting, the oversinging, and horrific timing (which I suspect is just terrible directing), this production made me do something I have NEVER done in over 45 years of live theatre patronage; I left before the final scene finished. They had botched every other emotion-filled scene. I couldn't watch what they did to the last scene. I was able to wrench my eyes (and body) away from this train wreck and I feel saner for it. But, banality is growing and the whole of entertainment is suffering for it. I wish my favorite musical of all time had been given the love and care it deserved rather than turning it into pablum. It deserved better.
Lily from Costa Mesa, California
SCREENING WAS A TORTURE TO THE EARS!
It was horrible. Actors and actress were screening 2 hours. I wonder if their vocal cord was damaged after the show. I got severe head ache. It was a cheap imitation of Madame butterfly. I don’t know who had composed a screen singing? Analyze this! Expressing and showing the feelings has many way. Screening is the lowest level for a person or in a musical show!
GR from Salt Lake City, Utah
MISS SAIGON - SLC 10-15-19
I saw the show years ago & remembered it as being sad with a lot of emotion. I did not remember vulgar crudeness. The message of a bleak time of heartbreak was so overshadowed by how nasty everything else was - from the dancing, to the simulated sex acts, to the screaming singers, that I was left never wanting to see it again. I can't imagine any parent having their child, of any age, in the audience but worse is the 3yo child in the show! That poor little boy is going to need some therapy to rid his memories of language, vulgar near-naked bodies, etc. The ridiculous failed attempt at humor, or just rudeness, by the addition of a Mormon missionary stumbling into the bar/prostitution was just stupid. Shows with a social comment normally have some redeeming qualities, this did not. It missed the mark of making me aware of a sad chapter in history, that still effects many lives today, & made just want a shower & a stiff drink. 2 stars to recognize those talented
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