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Review: Miss Saigon at Manchester’s Palace Theatre

Review: Miss Saigon at Manchester’s Palace Theatre

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sweeping the audience away on a grand, emotionally-turbulent journey, Cameron Mackintosh’s musical masterpiece left the audience choked up and blinking back tears.

Set during the Vietnam War, this stunning tale of love and loss based on Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ tells the tragic story of Kim, a 17-year-old girl forced into prostitution after her village is bombed and her family killed.

Love blossoms one night when Kim meets Chris, a war-weary GI, only to then be torn apart when the Americans are forced to evacuate. Kim spends the next three years trying to find Chris to reunite him with his son.

MISS SAIGON. Ashley Gilmour 'Chris' and Sooha Kim 'Kim'. Photo Johan Persson_preview

The principal characters are brilliant, but the part of Kim performed by the incredibly talented Sooha Kim hit every note with effortless purity. Particular highlights included, I’d Give My Life For You and her duet of Movie in My Mind with Na-Young Jeon, who shines are fellow bar girl Gigi.

Capturing the innocence and troubled Chris with drive and honesty, Ashley Gilmour is a natural on stage.

Red Concepcion demands the stage with finesse in his captivating portrayal of the cheap Engineer. Speaking, singing and adding the comic element to the show, Concepcion’s performance of The American Dream is one of the highlights from Act Two.

 

MISS SAIGON. Red Concepcion 'The Engineer' and company. Photo by Johan Persson_preview

Opening Act II was the profoundly moving Bui Doi, sung by Ryan O’Gorman while a film of the children played on a big screen. The staging, storytelling, choreography and breath-taking special effects take you on a rollercoaster of emotions.

*Miss Saigon is showing at the Palace Theatre, Manchester until Saturday, May 12. You can buy tickets HERE.

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