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Friday, May 09, 2014

Miss Saigon...

Last Thursday night Stuart and I went to go and see Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward's Theatre in London's glitzy West End.

It's was a marvelous show - well acted, well sung and the helicopter duly turned up on cue.

Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil as a follow up to Les Miserables the original production was put on in 1989 my Cameron Macintosh and ran for 10 years.

I was lucky enough to see that original production with my parents and we came out I asked my dad what he thought of it. "Ruddy loud" he said. Can't argue with that.

The only slight issue I have with Miss Saigon actually isn't the volume. It isn't even the (IMHO false) accusations of casual sexism and racism that sometimes get leveled at it. No, the minor quibble I have is that there are no real show-stoppers. There's no "I Dreamed A Dream", "Empty Chairs At Empty Tables" or “One Day More".

Best songs are "The Heat Is On In Saigon", "The Movie In My Mind" and "The American Dream" - but when have you heard them sung on X Factor?

If you like Les Mis (which I've seen a dozen times) then this show is for you.

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