The curtain draws back to stick you right in the heart of the action - amidst the hectic, war-torn streets of Vietnam, lined by stunning sculpted scenery, soundtracked to perfection and brought to life by a huge, perfectly choreographed cast.
This opening snapshot may only last a couple of minutes, but it’s a good indication of exactly how strong the musical is going to be for the remaining two hours and fifteen minutes.
Miss Saigon follows the tail of Kim (Sooha Kim), a young Vietnamese girl who disoriented by a bombing, is taken from her hometown to work as a bargirl in 'Dreamland', a bar and brothel run by 'The Engineer' (Red Concepción), close to the end of the Vietnam War.
Chris Scott (Ashley Gilmour), a sergeant out of his comfort zone in the bar, is encouraged by his friend John Thomas (Ryan O’Gorman) to pick up a girl in the club. He eventually meets Kim and they fall in love. The script follows their time together and struggles after they’re seperated.
Miss Saigon is nothing less than heart-wrenching. It's a whirlwind of a performance. From start to finish, there’s reason to feel sorry for near enough every character on stage - an indication of just how impressive the writing of this musical (by Boubil and Schonberg) really is.