After waiting for what felt like an eternity, John and I finally saw Miss Saigon Thursday night. The musical was a local production done by Broadway by the Bay at the San Mateo Center for Performing Arts. It pretty much goes without saying that the professional production at the Kennedy Center was better; still, John and I were pleasantly surprised. Most of the main characters were solid singers and the stage work was really well done. I did notice variations with some of the songs, for example, differences in pacing, but maybe those ordinarily change performer to performer. I’m probably unfairly attached to the original London cast recording.
Regardless, I still shed a river of tears. When the lights came on at the end, John busted out laughing after seeing all the tear stains on my sweater. Even walking to the car, I choked up trying to explain why I Still Believe gets me every time. Sigh. Yeah, so the performance was good. I think we may get season tickets for next year.