‘Miss Saigon’ Back on Broadway

The bombastic hit musical Miss Saigon–a Vietnam War story centering on a GI and a bar girl loosely based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly–reopened on Broadway last week for the first time since 2001. The Cameron (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera) Mackintosh-produced extravaganza was born in London in 1989, hit Broadway two years later, and became a smash hit.

The current version, at the Broadway Theatre, got a tepid review from The New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley, who called it a “time-warped revival.” The new “sung-through production out of London,” Brantley opined, “feels about as affecting as a historical diorama, albeit a lavishly appointed one.” The show, he said, “still mostly comes across as singing scenery.”

Brantley did like the “live” helicopter landing in the second act, though, calling it an “air-disrupting apparition.”

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