The eagerly anticipated visual spectacle that is Miss Saigon finally hits centre stage at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford. Cameron Mackintosh presents Boublil and Schoenberg’s iconic musical in this incredible new production touring the UK arriving here in Yorkshire at this beautiful and prestigious venue. Miss Saigon is about love, hope through hardship and sacrifice which are universally always timeless, depicting the true reality of the Vietnam War and its aftermath.
Nearing the end of the war 17-year-old Kim (Sooha Kim) is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer (Christian Rey Marbella). There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris (Ashely Gilmour) but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 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. With twists and turns all over finding her way back to love and peace will be an impossible task.
From the rise of the curtain we are transported to a different time and world full of sadness and despair which then quickly leads in to the heartbreaking story as the fated characters are introduced. The stage and setting is incredible and reflects a true essence of Saigon and the mystery of the Orient. I was blown away with the sheer impact of the design and attention to detail bringing the location to life, you feel part of the action yourself. The supporting cast deliver a fantastic performance portraying the caliber of life whether a civilian or military with exact precision. The dancing is phenomenal and delivers quite a punch as in military form.
Sooha Kim’s portrayal and delivery is impeccable with a truly beautiful voice carrying us away and hitting straight to the heart. The chemistry between her and Ashely Gilmour is electric as they both fall in love and take us along for the ride, both brilliant voices complimenting each other. Christian Rey Marbella steals the show however with perfect comedy timing, hilarious characterization of the Engineer and a cracking voice to top it off. This production is a must see, do not miss out on being thoroughly entertained and left speechless!