Review: MISS SAIGON 25th Anniversary Performance Screening, UK Cinemas

It's no secret at all that Miss Saigon is my favourite musical of all time so the news that the recent revival that I fell in love with is coming to cinemas filled me with an unbelievable amount of joy. I was lucky enough to catch a preview screening of the film about a month ago at Universal's offices and I immediately fell in love with this stunning re imagining of the classic love story.

The recent revival was obviously something that I held in very high regard. After seeing the production for a fifth time at the final performance, I was gutted that I wouldn't be able to see the show again until the national tour next year, but I'm more than glad that this cinematic release is here to bridge that gap. The way that the performance has been presented in this recording is so impressive, I question if a full-scale movie is necessary anymore. Not only have they managed to capture the huge scale of grandeur that the show has to offer, but it's heightened the more intimate moments in a way that only film can do, making it a true epic of a production.

Rachelle Ann Go and Lea Salonga perform at Miss Saigon's 25th Anniversary Performance

While I was captivated by the performances when the show was in the West End, Eva Nobelzada, Hugh Maynard and Alistair Brammar’s performances get a new lease of life in this cinema release. If you thought their performances were raw and powerful before, this new incarnation of the show will blow those previous expectations out of the water. Being right up in the face of the performers in this powerhouse of a show is something very special and the actors – especially Hugh Maynard (who I actually didn’t really care for before) and Eva Nobelzada – are worth the ticket price alone.

The characters are presented in such an intimate way that you seem to understand an added level of complexity from them that wasn't present at the Prince Edward Theatre. I finally felt like I understood why John came across as such a hypocrite the whole time and the connection that you had with Kim throughout the story was truly heartbreaking - as if it wasn't already. The same goes with how Jon Jon Briones's performance as The Engineer feels even funnier in this screening: there's something about being so up close and personal with the cast that makes the whole thing feel euphoric.

Jon Jon Briones joins original Engineer Jonathan Pryce during the Miss Saigon finale

This cinema screening of Miss Saigon is something that shouldn’t be missed in any way shape or form. From the expert cinematic direction to the truly incredible performances by the revival’s original stars, Miss Saigon has been given a new lease of life and it’s looking spectacular for it.

The film will be streamed to cinemas this Sunday evening. For more information, look here.

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