Cameron MacIntosh's blockbuster of a musical has rolled into Sunderland Empire.
The musical is set In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son.
The opening scene is raw and explicit. It brings alive the seedy, rotten stench of the city of Saigon in the last few days of the war. A place where anything goes and abuses of all kind are rife.
The actors who played Kim (Sooha Kim) and Chris (Ashley Gilmore) played their parts beautifully. Their purity and innocence juxtaposed with the confusion and horror of war. A joy to watch.
Sooha Kim gives a heartbreaking performance as Kim. Her vocal range is astonishing and her portrayal of a mother prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to make a better life for her son is one that will linger in the memory.
The story is heart-wrenching, but a true love story. A story of love between a man and woman, love of money, and an enduring love between mother and son.
The Engineer (Leo Navarro Valdez) was a triumph. Just the right amount of slickness and slime, cleverly mixed with pinpoint comic timing. Uncomfortable to watch at times but boy was he a show stealer. He got the biggest cheer of the night and rightly so.
Miss Saigon is a rollercoaster of a musical. Book your tickets now. This show is unmissable.