REVIEW: Miss Saigon thrills at Bristol Hippodrome

PUBLISHED: 17:10 19 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 19 May 2018

Sooha Kim as Kim in Miss Saigon. Piicture: Johan Persson

Sooha Kim as Kim in Miss Saigon. Piicture: Johan Persson

Johan Persson

The difficulty I’ve had in writing this review for Miss Saigon at the Bristol Hippodrome is knowing where to start – the stunning singing, breathtaking sets or magnificent choreography.

Gerald Santos as Thuy and Sooha Kim as Kim in Miss Saigon. Piicture: Johan PerssonGerald Santos as Thuy and Sooha Kim as Kim in Miss Saigon. Piicture: Johan Persson

Every facet of this incredible show was thrilling from start to finish and left every audience member on their feet following the gripping finale.

Miss Saigon is set during the final years of the Vietnam War from 1975-1978 when American soldier Chris (Ashley Gilmour) falls in love with Kim (Sooha Kim), a 17-year-old forced to work for the sleazy Engineer (Red Concepcion).

Chris returns to America but years later Kim hunts him down to inform him of the son he was totally unaware of.

Ashley Gilmour as Chris in Miss Saigon. Piicture: Johan PerssonAshley Gilmour as Chris in Miss Saigon. Piicture: Johan Persson

The chemistry between Chris and Kim was incredibly real and you could feel their internal struggle as they battled with their feelings and the distance between them.

The Engineer also provided some of the highlights of the entire show with his sharp tongue and comedic timing.

They were backed up by a brilliant cast of singers and dancers playing both American and Vietnamese soldiers, as well as working girls.

Ashley Gilmour as Chris and Sooha Kim as Kim in Miss Saigon. Piicture: Johan PerssonAshley Gilmour as Chris and Sooha Kim as Kim in Miss Saigon. Piicture: Johan Persson

Songs including Last Night Of The World, Sun And Moon and If You Want To Die In Bed were particular highlights on a personal note, but the show was packed with memorable numbers.

No production is complete without impressive staging and Miss Saigon was no exception.

From Saigon’s seedy underbelly to an awe-inspiring scene involving a helicopter at the American embassy, the production really immersed you in the setting and time period.

The company in Miss Saigon. Piicture: Johan PerssonThe company in Miss Saigon. Piicture: Johan Persson

Miss Saigon is an emotional ride throughout but I don’t think it prepared you for the huge shock to bring the curtain down on this mesmerising show.

It has something for everyone and I would not recommend missing out on this opportunity to see it.

Miss Saigon will be at the Bristol Hippodrome in St Augustines Parade from tonight (Saturday) to June 23.

Performances will begin at 7.30pm with matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Tickets, priced £35-70, are available online.

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