Reviewed bydavid_kravitzVote: 10/10/10
To quote the critic of the Daily Mail, "The best live film of a stageshow that I've seen". And I fully agree with him. I am an avid fan ofmusicals with a DVD collection over 700+.
Having had to wait 25 years since my late wife and I saw it at DruryLane, London, I have had to be content with the CD.
This production and the DVD are worth more than 10. If you buy only oneDVD of a musical, stage or screen, it has to be this one. From the twoshowstoppers at the beginning and end, The heat is on in Saigon andAmerican Dream, to the beautiful duet, The last night of the World, thescore and the performances are fantastic.
After Les Miserables, still the best musical ever, Boubil and Schonbergcame up with another smash, this time based on Madame Butterfly. Andthanks to Cameron Mackintosh for his foresight in producing both shows.
Bringing this show to a smaller stage than Drury Lane created severalproblems the least of which was the helicopter and the number involvingthe statue of Ho Chi Min was more cramped.
There are two extras with the DVD, one giving a history of the musicaland the other, the after show performances from the original cast whichreduced me to tears of joy. Each member of both casts and theproduction team deserve a huge amount of applause, which they duly got.
The close up singing shots strongly suggest there were so many cameras,that many were on stage and thus part of the performances were filmednot on the night. If you love musicals, this one totally without faultwith a dream cast and incredible production values. Enjoy.
A filmed production of the musical 'Miss Saigon' for its 25th anniversary, performed live at London's Prince Edward Theatre in Londons West-End. Including the 2hr 20minute production and a bonus 35 minute "25th Anniversary Gala" which included stars of the original cast, Johnathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman.