I was lucky enough to get tickets for the Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Gala Performance at my local Cineworld for its one night only performance before its DVD release! I have seen many musicals in my life but never Miss Saigon so was extremely excited to see what all the fuss was about!
This epic love story tells the tragic tale of the young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.
Although I have been a Cineworld Unlimited Card member for many years now, this was the first “Theatre” show I had seen at the cinema. Cineworld regularly have Theatre, Opera & Events screened across the UK which are always for one day only or limited so when you see something coming up you want to see, make sure to book! Ticket prices for these such events are a little more expensive than the general films, which is understandable as your essentially watching a £70-£100 London West End show.
One word comes to mind when I think of Miss Saigon and its 25th Anniversary Gala Performance, FANTASTIC! Another masterpiece brought to us by producer Cameron Mackintosh famous for hit musicals such as Cats, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon & Oliver to name a few! Miss Saigon is a thrilling, emotional masterpiece with magnificent songs, staging and actors.
I didn’t know what to expect from watching a musical at the Cinema, was the camera just going to be positioned to film the entire stage? Was the sound quality going to be any good? Would I be able to hear the audience who attended the live filmed show? I had so many questions all of which were irrelevant once the show started! The cinematography was absolutely fantastic and the way it was filmed literally pulled you into its story! The overlays and side by sides which were used in the recording were perfect so you never missed a moment of what was going on, on stage. And talking of the stage, the set was incredible! It truly looked like wartime Vietnam, I particularly loved the helicopter scene which looked so real I think if I was actually in the live audience I would have had to duck in the audience! Like the filming, the sound was perfect and the only time you could hear the audience is when they would clap after the main performances.
The Gala Performance of Miss Saigon features Jon Jon Briones (The Engineer), Eva Noblezada (Kim), Alistair Brammer (Chris), Tamsin Carroll (Ellen), Hugh Maynard (John), Hong Kwang-ho (Thuy), Rachelle Ann Go (Gigi) & William Daq/Paul Benedict Sarte (Tam)
And once the show had ended, and all the ladies had stopped crying (spoiler) the original 1989 cast then came onto stage to sing some of Miss Saigon’s most famous songs! Jonathan Pryce reprising his role of The Engineer at 69 years old who was utterly hilarious! Lea Salonga as Kim & Simon Bowman as Chris. It was great to see the Old and New singing together!
If you’re already a fan of Miss Saigon or would love to see the show I highly recommend the 25th Anniversary Performance! Fingers crossed I will be seeing the live show in the near future so look out for that review!