MISS SAIGON (LA MIRADA PERFORMING ARTS): 86% – SWEET

Jacqueline Nguyen with the ensemble of "Miss Saigon." Credit: Michael Lamont.

SWEET
Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s phenomenally successful Vietnam War-era gloss on “Madama Butterfly” receives a sleekly staged, wonderfully performed revival that heightens this critic-proof popera’s strengths and obscures its frailties, to impressive effect.
David C. Nichols – LA Times

BITTER
Let’s face it. For all its bells and whistles, “Miss Saigon” is really not that good a musical.
Frances Baum Nicholson – Stage Struck Review

SWEET
Of the four productions of Miss Saigon I’ve seen since its Broadway premiere in 1991, the current one at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is hands down the most beautifully sung (perfectly aided by Julie Ferrin’s sound design).
Samuel Bernstein – Stage and Cinema

SWEET
Brian Kite’s direction, John Glaudini’s musical direction, Dana Solimando’s choreography, and the show’s visual and technical elements—Dustin J. Cardwell’s set, Mela Hoyt-Heydon’s costumes, Steven Young’s lighting, Julie Ferrin’s sound, Terry Hanrahan’s props, and Kaitlin McCoy’s wigs—combine to form a thoroughly satisfying whole in a production worthy of any Broadway stage.
Eric Marchese – Backstage

SWEET
That’s precisely the approach that McCoy Rigby Entertainment have taken with the La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts’ Miss Saigon, a production guaranteed to thrill Southland audiences with its epic blend of war, romance, gorgeous melodies, and show-stopping production numbers.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

SWEET
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts’ current production of “Miss Saigon” is quite awe-inspiring.
Charlotte Spangler – Neon Tommy

SWEET
For Americans, at least, Miss Saigon offers an overwhelmingly poignant journey. On the other hand, Joseph Anthony Foronda, as the Engineer, makes sure that the aforementioned element of dark comedy is sharp and cutting.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Watch

MISS SAIGON
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada
7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; Ends May 6, 2012
Tickets: $35-$50; (562) 944-9801, (714) 994-6310
Running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes

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