It is, in general, very faithful to the original staging, although this entire production is a bit more visceral. It is the after-gala, and it was fascinating to see the contrasts and similarities between the original cast and the present one. With the exception of incomparable Lea Solonga, and perhaps Jonathon Price, this production tops all of the above on just about every account. The performances are all top-notch; both the singing and acting are compelling. As for the cast they were all super.
It is overall more raw and realistic than the first production. The visual quality is also great. The artists are incredible- beautiful, powerful voices, and the music is breathtaking. The staging is striking and powerful, though the one criticism we had is that much of the time the camera jumps around with its close-ups, rather than show the entire stage. Miss Saigon is my favorite musical that I saw on Broadway. This is one disc whose bonus is definitely worth watching.
We were ecstatic when we learned that this disc was available, and it is wonderful. The flashback scene to the Fall of Saigon was fantastic. We had seen it onstage just once and loved it. Whether ad-libbed by the actors or written into the score, the language is also a bit coarser than in the original - but not in an obtrusive or inappropriate way. I saw it twice with the original Broadway cast.
I collect many musicals, both live stage productions and studio movie releases. Eva Noblezada was fantastic and close to Lea Salonga, of course, we all know that no one ever was as good as Lea in this role. Otherwise, we thought it was amazing. . This tends to diminish the theater experience.
All the other were great, although Tamsin Carroll as Ellen was the weakest. Just like the advertisement said on the Blu Ray cover, this was the best live stage show production I ever saw and the best musical ever. . . . . .
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