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      09.07.2000 07:06
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      Miss Saigon, a popular love sotry during the wartime. Since it is a story in Saigon, so the whole musical always have a touch of the oriental culture, including the costumes and the backdrop. The story starts at the club owned by "The Engineer" who want to flee from his country. This guy is a real joker and he is the one creating most of the laughther throughout the show. The serious and the most important part is between the love of a poor girl Kim, who works in the club and a American Marine, Chris. They fell in love and even married to each other but only later to find out that he already has a wife, Ellen back at home (America) when she went over with her son, looking for their husband and father. Chris wants to resolve this situation by staying with his wife in U.S. but sending Kim and their son back and supporting them financially. Howver, the whole story ended so sadly as Kim killed herself as she cannot accept this. No doubt, this is a really great musicals. You can really feel the sadness as the story goes a long. A lot of beautiful songs have been composed for this musical. You are definitely going to enjoy it. p/s if you are a sobby person, remember to bring a packet of tissue with you

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        05.07.2000 01:53
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        This is another musical which I think should be highly recommended as one of the best classics in the world of musicals. Miss Saigon is very special and touching in its own way. Contrary to other musicals, this doesn't have very fancy costumes nor colourful settings. It however offers an unprecedented look at war and suffering, bringing a whole new sense into the world of musicals. Not to mention the wonderful love story between the two main characters for all romantics out there. Set in Saigon, the main storyline revolves around a cross-cultural couple (an American "GI" and a local girl) who were brought together by a twist of fate during the Vietnamese War, fell in love (yes, as they always do :)) only to be eventually separated when the war ended. As we follow through the progress of the couple's love story, we are grimly reminded of the cruel realities of war. We are given an insight into how the war affected the lives of those who were there. Or the repercussions which affects the lives of the next generation. And maybe the next. Finally we see the fact that the ending of a war is merely the first step towards peace - the first of a series of fights to begin to make things right again. This might be a heavy one for those used to musicals on a lighter, happier note. A very cool character to look for is 'The Engineer' , a pimp who pimped his way from Saigon to US. He definitely steals the show and contributes most of the laughs. If you are lucky enough to come across this musical somewhere else in the world, do give it a try. I think you wouldn't be disappointed.

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