Why the West End will miss Prince Edward Theatre’s Miss Saigon
After originally premiering at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1989 and closing in 1999, Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of the popular musical Miss Saigon has once again been impressing London audiences with its spectacular production. As the show prepares to close the curtain on its final run of performances before heading to Broadway, we take a look back at some of our favourite Miss Saigon moments.
From the theatrical stage design to impressive effects – queue the famous helicopter sequence – the production successfully captures the drama and despair of a country torn apart by war. As the story unfolds we meet a number of interesting characters, including the Saigon heroine Kim and her love interest American GI Chris. And let’s not forget everyone’s favourite seedy Vietnamese showman, The Engineer, who introduces us to his very own take on the American dream.
Whilst the entire show is filled with show-stopping musical numbers, two standout songs include The Engineer’s ‘The American Dream’ and of course the heartfelt duet ‘I Still Believe’ sung by Kim and Ellen, GI Chris’s new wife back home – it’s an emotional one so be sure to get the tissues ready!
The emotional love story between two of the leading characters takes centre stage as local girl Kim falls in love with American GI Chris after they meet in one of Saigon’s go-go bars. Immediately drawn to each other their journey quickly comes to an end when Chris is forced to go back to America, leaving us wondering (and often blubbering) as to whether he will ever return to reunite with Kim.
This powerful, romantic musical drama is sure to tug at your heartstrings – book your tickets now to catch the captivating show before it closes at the end of February 2016.