Miss Saigon's 25th anniversary breaks box office records
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Cameron Mackintosh took a gamble to bring his West End masterpiece Miss Saigon to the big screen, but it’s certainly a gamble that has paid off in spectacular fashion. Breaking UK box office records for theatre performances and already prompting promising DVD release figures, it seems as if film and theatre fans nationwide do not want to miss Saigon. Recorded live at London’s Prince Edward Theatre during the show’s 25th Anniversary Performance in September 2014, Miss Saigon follows the love story of American Soldier Chris and Vietnamese teenager Kim during the ill-fated Vietnam War. As someone who attended the show in London’s West End last year, I can say that the screen version is a carbon copy of the London performance; and if not even better than seeing the show in person. The show’s rich sets are portrayed to a very high standard, which makes the movie feel more like a scripted and produced piece of cinema rather than an on-stage performance. Where the cinema release comes into its own is Universal’s dedication to close-ups of the leading characters. Its somehow now easier to feel the character’s emotions during heated exchanges and this adds to the overall feel of the production.
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