Miss Saigon Reviews

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Miss Saigon Reviews#1
Posted: 5/21/14 at 4:43pm
It's opening night. The helicopter has landed and taken off. And the reviews should start hitting the internets. Post 'em when you got 'em.
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Miss Saigon Reviews#2
Posted: 5/21/14 at 5:38pm
Gay Times is a rave.
Gay Times
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Miss Saigon Reviews#2
Posted: 5/21/14 at 7:03pm
What's on Stage is "meh - Puccini was better" with rave for Ms. Noblezada and not nice things to say about Mr. Brammer. 3 stars.


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Miss Saigon Reviews#3
Posted: 5/21/14 at 7:07pm
Telegraph is positive - 4 stars - with this pull quote:
"But the trick of the show, and of this superbly slick, powerfully acted and splendidly sung revival, is that while you are watching it, it often feels like the greatest musical you have ever seen. "
and not too positive about Mr. Brammer.
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Miss Saigon Reviews#4
Posted: 5/21/14 at 7:59pm
Namo i love u but we get it already....you don't like Madonna
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Miss Saigon Reviews#5
Posted: 5/22/14 at 3:20am
Daily Mail is positive based on four stars. But actual review seems mixed.
Quentin Letts in Daily Mail
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Miss Saigon Reviews#6
Posted: 5/22/14 at 4:37am
Wow the critics seem to have a kind of hidden agenda here and begrudgingly gove it a reasonable review.
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Miss Saigon Reviews#7
Posted: 5/22/14 at 4:57am
Evening Standard - 4 Stars (and another knock against poor Mr. Brammer for his acting)
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Miss Saigon Reviews#8
Posted: 5/22/14 at 5:06am
Why 'poor Mr Brammer'?

Having seen him in other things it sounds about right, in fact im surprised theres been so much praise for his voice. It is also inline with what a lot of people are saying who have seen it,

I dont think the critics have a hidden agenda, its not a revolutionary revival, its a tweeked version of whats gone before, plus the show itself didnt get raves first time around so not reason to think anything would change
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Miss Saigon Reviews#9
Posted: 5/22/14 at 7:06am
The Times - Mixed - 3 Stars
part of The Times
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Miss Saigon Reviews#10
Posted: 5/22/14 at 8:41am
Several of the shows compere Miss Saigon unfavourable with Les Miserbles, the exact show those critics panned nearly 30 Yeats ago, go figure.
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Miss Saigon Reviews#11
Posted: 5/22/14 at 9:27am
Firstly it's a myth that Les Mis got "panned". Most of the reviewers who disliked the original production have moved on or, indeed, have died since. And of course, generally people's tastes are actually allowed to change in the real world. Look at the change in reception for 'Chicago' over the years.

What exactly would their hidden agenda be? Is it, perhaps, to secretly thwart Phantom of London's pronouncements on quality theatre?

Even when 'Miss Saigon' opened originally, there was a general feeling in reviews and commentary that it wasn't quite as good as 'Les Mis'. Overall, that seems to be the case again- it's OK as a big, pulpy, soapy melodrama, but it sure ain't a "legendary" work of art.

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Miss Saigon Reviews#12
Posted: 5/22/14 at 10:18am
I think The Telegraph got it right - you can nitpick, you can point to weaknesses, to treacle, to melodrama - but, audiences (in general) love the show, are swept away by it and do think - at that moment - that it is the greatest show they have ever seen. It is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. And this production connected with me - and others, whatever its weaknesses.
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Miss Saigon Reviews#13
Posted: 5/22/14 at 10:41am
I was there last night. It was a fabulous evening walking the red carpet with such distinguished actors which for me, in training to be in theatre was just a true honor. yes it was lovely to meet them and to get excited but they are still people I aspire to be like. the feeling in the audience was electric. my friend and I were sat in Row K of the Grande Circle and had a brilliant view (a better view than my friends had who were sat in the dress circle) The Cast are great and I understand some critics can and will nitpick at those aspects of a highly anticipated revival but at the end of the day they all gave their best performance. nothing about this show is wrong. the set, the cast, lighting, sound, orchestra is all fabulous. It is no Les Miserables but in my opinion of the 5 shows the Alain and Claude-Michael have written, I love them all as they all offer a different slice of history with beautiful musical and lyrics. OK there shows all have a similar aspect that they re-use the tunes but having those motifs are beautiful as those are the motifs and melodies you go out humming. everyone involved in last night opening night should be proud, even little tam :)
No Doubt Our Paths Will Cross Again ! Matt
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Miss Saigon Reviews#14
Posted: 5/22/14 at 1:31pm
Mixed reviews for this show... Raves for I Can't Sing! Critics wonder why the public, and actually let's be frank the vast majority of public, really have lost all interest in critics opinions.

They really are a waste of time.
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Miss Saigon Reviews#15
Posted: 5/22/14 at 2:13pm
Except the people (whose opinions I value) I have spoken to who saw I Can't Sing say it was actually really quite good- wacky and in the wrong venue but a good show- whereas their feeling about this re-heating of the old Saigon mush is pretty much "meh, yeah ok". So in that respect the critics reflect industry opinion. Of course, how that relates to the reaction of the dear public at large is another matter.

I'm beginning to sense a return to that demand for the big "event" show- the one with the helicopter, the one with the chandelier- of the 80s. Brett Easton Ellis spoofed it in 'American Psycho' but I can sniff in the wind that attitude of "we had to pay premium just to get tickets otherwise we'd wait 2 months".

Time will tell. For me, Variety really nails it:

http://variety.com/2014/legit/reviews/west-end-review-miss-saigon-1201189069/

Updated On: 5/22/14 at 02:13 PM
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Miss Saigon Reviews#16
Posted: 5/22/14 at 5:51pm
Anything Goes gets it completely right, I don't remember one critic saying I Can't Sing was in the wrong theatre.
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Miss Saigon Reviews#17
Posted: 5/22/14 at 7:30pm
Weren't they reviewing the show rather than the venue?
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Miss Saigon Reviews#18
Posted: 5/23/14 at 4:48am
Pardon my ignorance, but what is the analog of The New York Times in London?

Is there a theatrical review in London that carries the most weight with the audience and the producers, actors, behind-the-scenes crew of any show like The New York Times has on Broadway shows?
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Miss Saigon Reviews#19
Posted: 5/23/14 at 9:17am
In London there isn't one dominant voice- I suppose The Times could be considered significant, but not in the same way as the NYT. Michael Billington, Michael Coveney, Quentin Letts and Charles Spencer are all highly regarded by certain audiences.

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Miss Saigon Reviews#20
Posted: 5/23/14 at 12:41pm
I think the times having the paywall makes it less significant. I doubt any of the critics names are known outside the main theatre fans.
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Miss Saigon Reviews#21
Posted: 5/23/14 at 12:52pm
I agree.

In New York after opening, they wait for the review to come out.

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