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June 01, 2011

Miss Saigon at Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia

 Melinda Chua (Kim) and Eric Kunze (Chris)

A classic love story is brought up-to-date in one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. In Miss Saigon, the creators of Les Misérables bring Puccini's Madame Butterfly to the modern world in a moving testament to the human spirit. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years end in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. An international sensation, Miss Saigon is an epic musical masterpiece with a thrilling score.
My Thoughts:
It was a very well done preformance, although I had a hard time getting past the unrealistic storyline. Kim and Chris spend one night together and decide to get married, but then are seperated and mourn for each other for the next 3 years. I realize now all stories are "realistic" but this one took place during war time, and I know that Soldiers fall in love with local girls, so that does seem realistic, but the timeline and the ending just didn't. I don't want to spoil it, so I won't tell you how it ended. Walnut Street Theater did a great job with the delivery of the story and the music was beautiful, but I have to say it was not one of my favorite shows, but no fault of WST. I just didn't care for the storyline itself.
disclaimer: tickets provided for this review

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