Cary from Salt Lake City, Utah
AS LONG AS THE WAR
Like the Vietnam war, this play was way too long. Almost 3 hours. The sound system does not match well with the actors accents. We only understood the words of songs from Chris. The final "American Dream" song by the Engineer was sooo long and we had pretty much had enough of the Engineer at that point. We couldn't wait for the play to end and to get out of there. Yes, the sets were very well done, the acting was acceptable and the orchestra was very good. We have been to a number of plays at Eccles and it seems like we always have trouble understanding the words of the songs. Perhaps the acoustical engineers missed on this one and the theater will always be sub-par? Or maybe the booth just doesn't understand the sound controls. Either way it needs to be fixed.
Leslie from Salt Lake City, Utah
I took my (adult) children AND my mother to the SLC production. My mom and I had fond memories of seeing Miss Saigon back in the 1990s. The current production eliminated all desire to ever see Miss Saigon again. While the performers had beautiful voices and the set was spectacular, parts of the show were so raunchy, I was embarrassed to be there. My kids wondered why I had pushed for us to see this musical. Wish I could go back in time and take them to the original production.
from Portland, Oregon
NOT AS GOOD AS PREVIOUS YEARS!
Unfortunately, my review is such that I preferred the years prior to this current version. Though energetic and excellent interactions with the cast, it was difficult to hear the cast (despite knowing the music). Kim has a beautiful voice, but her acting ability was flat and non-believable. Scenery was awesome.
Ann H from Tulsa, Oklahoma
RAUNCHY AND DISAPPOINTING. LOVED THE SHOW IN THE 1990'S
I loved the original and was excited to take my son and daughter and husband. to see this production. I should have read on-line reviews prior to purchasing tickets. I was shocked when the first scene was performed. My 22 yr old son almost walked out but I assured him the first scene was the only raunchy part. I was wrong. Totally unnecessary sex acts performed on stage. Embarrassing to watch. I felt a lot of empathy toward most of the characters the first time I saw this but not so much this time. The flashy costumes and sets were beautiful but took away from the tragedy of the story.
Jeff Y. from Boynton Beach, Florida
I REALLY WANTED TO LIKE THIS SHOW
My mom wanted to do something nice and take my wife and I to this show. She had seen it on Broadway and loved it. After the first act we looked at each other shrugging sheepishly. We sat in mezzanine as she was unable to get better tickets since season subscribers are understandably given preference. Act 1 was quite dark and I could cover all the action with a thumb extended at arms length. My main complaint was the sound system. I was unable to hear any of the lyrics that were sung by the Vietnamese actors. The closed captions were useless from where we were sitting. I give the 2 stars only because Act 2 was more flamboyant and somewhat understandable as the American singers' voices were clear. The costumes were great and the child actor adorable. My favorite take aways were the scene where the dragon was marched out on stage and the helicopter scene. I was able to see and enjoy that from the bleachers seats.
Tamara from Chicago, Illinois
MISS SIAGON @ CADILLAC PALACE THEATER CHICAGO
Similar to another patron's review - stage sets were wonderful, costumes were appropriate. While yes there was a standing ovation at the end of the show - I believe it was with the creativity of the audience's ability to make sense of what was just heard to make sense of what we just saw on stage. Most of the songs were not able to be understood, so understanding the story line was solely by impossible. Being confused several times I caught myself just zoning out. Definitely not a show I would feel comfortable bringing a middle schooler due to the brothel scenes and language. Even attending with my 14 year old/9th grader left me with much to dialogue about. Until seeing this production, can not say I had a least favorite musical. Hope to see it someday/somewhere to erase this memory.
Theater nerd from Chicago, Illinois
THANK GOODNESS IT WAS CAPTIONED
Do they not teach diction any more? Couldn't understand a word in the first act. While the singing was fine, the acting was pretty awful. Very disappointing,
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