Patience can lead to excellence. I am not a very patient person, but I can be very constant when I want something. And I really wanted to see this show since very long ago! I felt super happy when I learnt that Miss Saigon was coming to town. As a big Les Mis fan, I know the fabulous music of the other major Schönberg-Boubill success very well, and I was looking forward to the right moment to watch it. I was lucky enough to be there with the person I’m in love with: that made the whole show absolutely magical.
Alright, it’s a love musical and as such it’s cheesy as it can be. But close friends know there’s no meal I couldn’t add cheese to, so that was totally fine with me! As is the drama, of course, I am a person for intense emotions. Miss Saigon’s story beats Madame Butterfly’s in the fact that Chris really loves Kim. Pinkerton misleads Cio-Cio-San, but Chris surrenders to the fragile, dedicated woman he meets in the nightclub. That makes the whole difference, since you can relate much more to the love story. The other night I was Chris, who found himself falling in love at first sight…
I swear I’d give my life for you Why God? Why today?
I’m all through here, on my way
there’s nothing left here that I’ll miss
why send me now a night like this?
But I was also Tam, the boy who lives with his mum without knowing the meaning of the word “father”, the vulnerable child who only has his mother’s love and self-sacrifice to move forward and be whomever he decides to be…
You didn’t ask me to be born, you
why should you learn of war or pain
to make sure you’re not hurt again
I swear I’d give my life for you
However, if I had to choose only one character to identify with, that would be Kim. Brave, daring and caring, she’s the perfect mother, the perfect lover who doesn’t flicker a second on her determination to go back to her husband and find her son a better place to live… From the very beginning, she shows how selfless she is, being able to suffer the pain it takes to be true to herself.
I will not cry, I will not think
I’ll do my dance, I’ll make them drink
when I make love, it won’t be me
and if they hurt me, I’ll just close my eyes
The spectacular production of the West End, perfect to the slightest detail, enhanced hugely the impressions that the story and music were causing in me. Thus, I found myself crying twice, letting out the emotions that took wings inside… This wouldn’t have been able though, if the cast hadn’t been so bright, starred by an Engineer (Jon Jon Briones) who was funny, repulsive and utterly human at the same time. Eva Noblezada and Alistair Brammer were also very passionate and suffering as the lovers, singing each number flawlessly.
As I said, my perception of the show was enhanced by the presence of my boyfriend, with whom I shared loving glances, caresses and tears… an intense relationship that started just the same way and is currently alive despite the cultural and physical distance. How could I not feel deeply those duets?
CHRIS: on the other side of the earth
there’s a place where life still has worth
I will take you / KIM: I’ll go with you
It was an amazing show, and I’m so happy I could enjoy the sets, the music, the dances, the actors, and laugh and cry in it… and relish on it even after it finished. Because once more my little earworm friends did they job really well, and for the length of my man’s stay I could hear one of the songs in my head every time I looked at him. Sun and moon have both a big influence in me, nourishing my body and soul whenever they’re in the sky. I have found this great performance of this, the very best moment in the show, and it brought me to tears again. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do…
You are sunlight and I moon
joined by the gods of fortune
midnight and high noon
sharing the sky
we have been blessed, you and I