It’s been the most eagerly anticipated return to the West End this year and it’s finally here! Read on as our resident theatre guru, David Thomas reveals what happened on the opening night of Miss Saigon 2014…
The stars came out last night to welcome Miss Saigon back to London after an absence of twenty-five years. Miranda Hart, Stephen Fry, James Corden, Graham Norton, Jimmy Carr and of course Christopher Biggins were bussed from the Prince Edward Theatre to Somerset House for celebratory revels by the Thames.
We were handed bottles of “Saigon” beer on boarding, and glasses of Champagne on arrival, but it might just as well have been tea and Tizer: so intoxicating was the natural high of witnessing one of the most exhilarating and brilliantly executed productions of this or any other century.
Having worked on the original London Miss Saigon (and touring versions) for over ten years, I took my seat at the Prince Edward with very high expectations. And to be honest, more than a little trepidation that it might not live up to my memories of bygone Saigons. Silly me. The show still has all the romance and spectacle, the biting comedy and emotional powder kegs of the original – only now its twenty-five years younger.
But there is something more. And that ‘something’ was everything last night – just as it was throughout the earlier productions: Miss Saigon misses nothing out. Whatever you want in a great night out, Miss Saigon will deliver and in unimaginably large helpings. (twenty minutes before the interval last night I was thinking: “the first half alone is worth twice the ticket price”). Now add to this breadth of appeal (even teenage boys love the show!) to the show’s total respect for its audience. That commitment to quality says “we respect you giving us your money so much that we will only present you with very highest standard of musical theatre performance, production values and theatre-going experience currently available anywhere in the world.”
As a result, London became a much, much richer city last night.
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