I have no doubt that Miss Saigon is a very good musical and that many people will love it, it's just that it isn't my kind of musical. Well what musical is my kind of musical you might ask - I enjoy the more modern musicals like Wicked, Billy Elliot, Matilda, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Shows that have that have dialogue in, that aren't singing from the very start to the very end, and shows that preferably have a few catchy songs in. They may be more simple in comparison to the big heavyweight musicals like Les Misérables, Phantom, and Miss Saigon, but that's what I enjoy. However, I am glad I saw Miss Saigon because the production was superb, and there were some great performances from the lead cast members, although I didn't enjoy the way Chris, Ellen or Thuy were played.
My wife however, absolutely loved the show from start to finish, as she did when she first saw it during its last run in the West End.
As for the theatre; it was a bit chaotic in the small foyer, with people queuing for the box office to collect tickets, other people just standing waiting for friends, and more people queueing at the bar. We eventually managed to make our way down to the stalls to find our seat. We paid £40 for our tickets and were seated in row U of the stalls, and we had a superb view of the stage. The seats were comfortable and had a decent amount of leg room (more than many theatres). It was also nice and cool in the theatre throughout the performance, I'll put this down to good air conditioning. During the interval, I purchased my customary small tub of ice cream. For £4 it is expensive, but it was quite nice. I only ordered 2 drinks (non-alcoholic) from the bar and they were reasonably priced - £1.50 for a bottle of lemonade, and £2.50 for a bottle of BottleGreen Elderflower. Overall, it was a good theatre experience.
Again, I'm sure many people will love this musical, it's just that it wasn't for me.
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