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Thu, Feb. 17th, 2005, 09:38 am
Miss Saigon

I had the Miss Fortune of going to go see Miss Saigon last night, so I offer quick synopsis:

Boring Vietnam GI meets soon-to-be hooker, marries her. Leaves Vietnam in commotion without being able to take her. Marries again back in the US. Finds out soon-to-be hooker is still alive and has his child (from her upstart hooking career). GI tells wife. They go to Vietnam to find her. Pseudo-hooker offers child to father, kills herself, curtain.

Why this show took 2.5 hours is beyond me. But here's why it happened: every single song in the show is a cliched overemotional duet. To make such a simple story drag on so long you need to feature songs like:

"Walking down the street"
"I'm going to the bathroom, honey"
"Hold the child while I load my gun"
"I'm the token black guy!"
"No one cares about us [characters]"
"Andrew Lloyd Weber, you bastard."
"Why am I in this show?"

Just do the it-must-have-been-cool-in-the-80's helicopter part and let us go home.

Thu, Feb. 17th, 2005 11:00 am (UTC)
ncsuj

You passion for musical theatre blows me away :-)


BTW.....see the post I made yesterday....it was just for you!

Thu, Feb. 17th, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
kidqwik

If only the songs were penned by Erasure. :-)

Sat, Feb. 19th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
cadetsfreak

The story exactly mirrors Madame Butterfly. I have no problem with the story, but I agree with your opinion of the lyrics. Pretty sappy, nowhere near the genius of Les Mis, though it's by the same people.

Now, the music itself I really like. Santa Clara did a Miss Saigon show in 91. But the lyrics, yeah, bleh.

"The Fall of Saigon", though, I really really like, and I liked that part on stage, too.

Rambling over. Hi Matt.