The most thrilling, soar­ing and emo­tion­ally stir­ring mu­si­cal with mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mances

Malta Independent - - CINEMA -

This fall, Miss Saigon: The 25th An­niver­sary Per­for­mance brings an all-new spec­tac­u­lar film pro­duc­tion of the leg­endary mu­si­cal to cin­e­mas around the world.

This ac­claimed new stag­ing of Bou­blil and Schön­berg’s Miss Saigon was one of the most highly an­tic­i­pated mu­si­cal events the West End had seen in re­cent years; smash­ing box of­fice records and win­ning nu­mer­ous awards, it was de­scribed by The Daily Tele­graph as “the most thrilling, soar­ing and emo­tion­ally stir­ring mu­si­cal which speaks afresh to our times.”

Shot in front of a live au­di­ence at the block­buster mu­si­cal’s sell­out 25th an­niver­sary per­for­mance at Lon­don’s Prince Ed­ward The­atre, Miss Saigon: The 25th An­niver­sary Per­for­mance gives cinema-go­ers around the world the chance to en­joy the spec­tac­u­lar, sell-out event which saw more than 20,000 peo­ple at­tempt to book seats within the first five min­utes of re­lease.

Sir Cameron Mack­in­tosh, pro­ducer of the mu­si­cal and of the film, com­ments: “The re­sults were so as­ton­ish­ingly cin­e­matic that it was de­cided that in order to cre­ate a unique cin­e­matic/the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence we would film some ad­di­tional cov­er­ing shots filmed in Jan­uary 2016. As this was a filmed live per­for­mance, the orches­tra and vo­cals were taken di­rectly from the show’s sound sys­tem – one take and no over­dubs! It was de­cided not to dig­i­tally re­move the stage mi­cro­phones to re­mind view­ers this was a stage event rather than a film. Re­mark­ably, the emo­tional per­for­mances of this won­der­ful cast in close-up seems en­tirely nat­u­ral as if they were be­ing shot for the cinema rather than be­ing per­formed in a 1,700-seat the­atre. The clar­ity of the sound and the sweep­ing mu­sic makes this pas­sion­ate story even more in­tensely thrilling and mov­ing on the screen.” With mu­sic by Claude-Michel Schön­berg and Alain Bou­blil (‘Les Misérables’) and lyrics by Bou­blil and Richard Maltby Jr, Sir Cameron Mack­in­tosh’s MISS SAIGON is loosely in­spired by Puc­cini’s ‘Madame But­ter­fly’. Set in 1975 in Saigon, at the tail end of the Viet­nam War it tells the dra­matic tale of Kim a young bar girl or­phaned by war who falls in love with an Amer­i­can GI only for their love and lives to be torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

Clas­si­fi­ca­tion 15

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