Personal Reaction to the Miss SaigonOn the 26th January I went to the Empire Theatre in Sunderland to
watch a production of Miss Saigon. To be honest, when I first read an
outline of the story, I imagined it to be quite a dull experience.
However, I thoroughly enjoyed this production, and the musical score
was amazing.A musical I have seen that could be compared to “Miss Saigon” is “Les
Miserables” as they are both set pre, during and post-war and both
have quite a sad story.The musical Miss Saigon presents us with powerful ideas about culture
and conflict, history and tradition. It sensitively contrasts
individual relationships with national struggles for political
control. It asks us to consider the nature of sacrifice and our
capacity for selfless love.
The story is set in 1975 during the final days leading up to the
American evacuation of Saigon. Miss Saigon is the story of two young
lovers torn apart by the fortunes of destiny and held together by a
burning passion and the fate of a small child. This musical
masterpiece with its soaring melodies and powerful emotions has
captured hearts – and awards – around the world.The musical score is a mixture of soaring love ballads, heart-warming
melodies, electrifying marches and more. Unforgettable songs such as
“The Heat is On in Saigon,” “Why God Why?” “The Last Night of the
World,” “The American Dream” and most of all “I Would Give My Life for
You” where the child stood rigid throughout looking petrified.
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