THEATRE TRIP

 

“MISS SAIGON”

 

Miss Saigon is a musical based on Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly”,  and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is relocated to 1970’s Saigon during the Viet Nam war, and Puccini’s story of a marriage between an American lieutenant and a geisha is replaced by a romance between a U.S. GI and a South Vietnamese bargirl.

It was the second musical success for Schonberg and Boublil, following their ‘Les Miserables’ in 1985.

The musical was inspired by a photograph, which was seen by the composer in a magazine, showing a Vietnamese mother leaving her child at a departure gate to board an aircraft headed for the USA where her father, an ex-GI would be in a position to provide a much better life for the child, and he considered this mother’s actions for her child to be the ultimate sacrifice, an idea central to the plot.

The story is about a US soldier meeting Kim, a seventeen year old peasant girl, on her first day as a bargirl in Saigon, and  is appearing in the show, they fall in love and a child is born from the union.

The girls are controlled by the Engineer, a wheeler-dealer Vietnamese who is after the main aim, him getting to the United States and “The American Dream”, one of the big songs from the show as well as The Heat is on in Saigon, the frightening presence of the VC in The Morning of the Dragon, and Kim’s heart

rending “I Give My Life For You” and “I Still Believe”.

Kim believes to the end that Chris will come back for her and their child, even though back home he is married.

The helicopter scene where the impact of it on stage is electrifying, the last few people being taken to the safety of the US.

Chris  makes one last trip back to Saigon with his wife, as he is now part of a mission who is trying to reunite children with their father’s, and the end……..all I will say here is take a hankie, you will need it, everything about this show is good from the music, staging and story.

So, when is it? Bradford Alhambra when it will be there for six weeks, and our trip  is on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18TH 7:30PM. Tickets cost £53-50, as usual very good seats in the dress circle rows D,E,F, and G, and rows E and F in the front stalls, a small group reduction of £2.50.

If you want to see this superb musical, please complete the tear-off below and return to me, with a cheque payable to EASINGWOLD PLAYERS, or leave it in an envelope at the Galtres Centre office, marked for my attention.

Deadline date to book is March 30th/’18.

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TO IAN HALL, 17, APPLE GARTH, EASINGWOLD, YORK, YO61 3LZ.

I WOULD LIKE……TICKETS DRESS CIRCLE £53.50.

I WOULD LIKE……TICKETS FRONT STALLS £53.50

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18TH/’18 7:30PM. ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD.

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