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Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon Enchants Melbourne

Melbourne is currently basking in the enchantment of Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of “Miss Saigon” at Her Majesty’s Theatre. This captivating new rendition of the timeless musical opened its doors on October 29th for a strictly limited season, and audiences are already experiencing the magic that this must-see event has to offer.

“Miss Saigon,” created by the masterminds behind “Les Misérables,” Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, weaves a heart-wrenching story of love and loss against the backdrop of war-torn Vietnam. The narrative follows the love between a young Vietnamese woman named Kim and an American G.I. named Chris, a love torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

Since its premiere in London in 1989, “Miss Saigon” has garnered 70 major theatre awards, including two Olivier Awards, three Tony Awards, and four Drama Desk Awards. It has been performed in 15 different languages, across 32 countries and 350 cities, touching the hearts of 38 million people worldwide.

The musical boasts an unforgettable score, including classic hits such as ‘The Heat is On in Saigon,’ ‘The Movie in My Mind,’ ‘Last Night of the World,’ and ‘American Dream.’ Melbourne audiences have the privilege of experiencing the latest production of this iconic musical, promising to be a thrilling and spectacular event.

The production features a stellar cast of talented performers from across the Asia-Pacific region, and they deliver powerful and moving performances that are sure to leave you spellbound. The Australian cast is led by Seann Miley Moore as the scene-stealing Engineer, Abigail Adriano as Kim, Nigel Huckle as Chris, and Kerrie Anne Greenland as Ellen. With an ensemble that radiates talent and emotion, “Miss Saigon” in Melbourne is an experience that will stay with theatre enthusiasts long after the final curtain call.

As you would expect from and Australian Opera production, the quality of the vocal performances, in particularly from the principal cast are simply breathtaking. Their vocal prowess carries the audience on an emotional journey with their heartfelt and powerful renditions of the musical’s iconic songs. One might expect then for this show to be a stand and sing type of show; however, this is far from the case. The choreography was another stunning highlight that took centre stage through the show. From the precise militaristic marching to the tricks and flips of the talented ensemble performers, the dancing within the show was not only cleverly choreographed but was expertly executed by the entire cast.

The set design is on an epic scale and showed great versatility, constantly being transformed throughout the show. This was especially on display during the short vignettes in the lead up to the US troop extraction in Act 2 that needed to transition from location to location in very short time frames, repeatedly and yet each transition was incredibly sharp and seamlessly executed. This is a testament to the ingenuity of the production team, making excellent use of the Her Majesty’s Theatre space to create a captivating and immersive experience for the audience. And, of course, the climactic moment of the iconic helicopter scene is nothing short of phenomenal. It shook the theatre and did not disappoint expectations. The audience is transported to the heart of the action, feeling the intensity and the emotional weight of the moment as the theatre shook to the sound of the helicopters rotating blades.

Overall Miss Saigon will take you on a journey that is both equally heart-breaking and warming. It is clear as the story unfolds and the production progresses that the audience is viewing something that is truly special. Miss Saigon is now playing until December 16.

For more information and to book your tickets, visit Miss Saigon

Written by: Michael Kent

Images by: Daniel Boud