One of the most stunning theatrical spectacles anywhere has arrived at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. It’s Miss Saigon, and it’s definitely worth the drive.
The Tony Award-winning, international Broadway sensation, from the creators of Les Miserables, opened on March 3. Composed by Claude-Michel Schonberg with lyricist Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr., this epic production is a testament to the human spirit and a scathing indictment of the tragedies of war. It deals with controversial, contemporary issues that define the modern world.
Fueled by raw emotion, Miss Saigon tells the tattered love story of an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman during the Vietnam War. They fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Artistic Director David Arisco said, “Years ago, if you told me that we would be presenting Les Mis, I would have said, NO WAY. Now we’re presenting Miss Saigon — it’s unbelievable! This is our production. It was cast by us. We brought 14 people from New York but everyone else is local. I’m very proud to bring Miss Saigon to South Florida.”
This writer loved the show. It is spellbinding and the actors are amazing. Note: The opening act is rather risqué and not suitable for children under 15. Otherwise, try not to miss this incredible production. Also, be aware that it runs about three hours, so a bite to eat before you get to the theatre might be a good idea. But you’ll no doubt be mesmerized by the singing-dancing actors who display such talent and showmanship. Lighting, music (live orchestra), special effects and costumes are noteworthy. This is a must-see musical drama that runs through April 4.
Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Box office: 305-444-9293 or visit www.actorsplayhouse.org for details.