Jon Jon Briones is Miss Saigon
As an wedding anniversary treat from the hubby, he took me to see Miss Saigon as I have been longing to see it for a very very long time, since its original inception back in 1989, but have not had the opportunity.
Though I really wanted to see it, I was moaning at Peter for booking it. I don’t understand myself sometimes. LOL
Anyway, in the end, I truly enjoyed the show, very much so. It was much, much better than I thought.
The Prince Edward theatre was in the heart of London’s famous West End so called theatre land. It is not the biggest venue and thus it is more intimate that you see the cast with no problem.
All seats were taken ; a ‘full house’ as they say in theatres.
I was quite surprised as it has been running for over a year already. We did not see any empty seats. Miss Saigon is a hit!
It was very realistic. the opening scenes was surprising, seeing women cavorting in their underwear, simulating sex & erotic dancing made me feel rather a bit of a voyeur, but I got used to it quickly as the show has no ‘lows’ it was just one amazing act after the others. You must go and see Miss Saigon if you can.
It was actually different and better seeing acting and singing live to an audience rather than watching flat celluloid/movies.
I applaud the actresses to be going out night after night in their skimpy costumes, doing all manners of acrobatics, mainly sexual! lol Nice!
The orchestra was conducted well too to keep the singing and music flowing to the story.
But the night or probably night after night,in my opinion, the stage belongs truly to Jon Jon Briones. He makes Miss Saigon the hit it is.
His singing is powerful.& he owns the stage when appearing. Everytime he was on it. you only concentrate on him. He has humour, he has pathos, he has salaciousness, he has deviousness and he was able to bring out the motivation of the situation he was portraying.
It is all about the American Dream as most Filipinos and Asians long for. Jon Jon easily connected to this aspiration.
Of course the rest of the cast are also brilliant. I was expecting the cast to be made up mostly of Filipinos but there are plenty of Korean actors.
Newcomer, Eva Noblezada, whilst no Lea Salonga (the original lead Kim), has that vulnerability required for her role. Her singing is sweetly pure with a touch of purring a la Britney Spears, I thought!
Gigi was well played by Natalie Mendoza who gave the role sassiness and very overt sexiness and wantonness.
Chris Peluso’s Chris, I thought, was rather weak. Perhaps his character was not fully realised. What came out was a very dorkish man, who is too dramatic and not really know his mind. It was really hard to sympathise with him.
I thought Sangwoong Jo’s Thuy was more fanciable. Kim should have gone with him and not kill him but probably Kim is really after her own American Dream all along by way of Chris or any G.I.
Overall the stage effects, music, singing, dancing and acting were superb and standing ovations to the cast and crew were given by us the appreciative audience. We saw why it had won many awards and critical acclaim,
Miss Saigon is of course based on the consequences of the Vietnam war . Its theme was partly based on one of my favourite Puccini operas ever – the ‘Madame Butterfly’. I want to see next!.