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Post  LadyCDaae on Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:08 pm

Playbill.com says a film version is in development: Clicky

Of course, there's a fine line between development and development h€ll, but I would love to see this--it's always struck me as a musical that would adapt well to film.

In local news, the Arvada Center did a production of this that was apparently quite good--sadly I missed it due to pregnancy issues.



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Post  IamErik771 on Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:23 pm

A film would be interesting... Wonder who they'd get to be in it? (Kevin Gray, por favor!) Wink Wonder whether they'd keep the "Fall of Saigon" scene as a flashback/nightmare scene, or move it to where it would have actually taken place in the narrative? That's the only potential "problem spot" I can think of in terms of adapting it, other than the usual trouble that can arise when turning a stage musical into a film.

One of the community theaters here did a production last fall, directed by a former drama teacher at my high school. The whole cast was fantastic, and two alums from professional productions starred in it – Michael Scott Bright (Chris, from the National Tour) and Jade Stice (Ellen, from the Broadway cast). The only weird thing was that the actress who played Kim was one of the tallest people in the cast (despite being 15) – about a head taller than most of the others, and substantially taller than our Engineer. Laughing The actor who played Thuy had the most powerful voice in the cast, but everyone seemed to fit their roles like a glove.

Out of curiosity, do all productions show video clips of Vietnamese children during "Bui-Doi?" (And if so, is it always the same video?)

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Post  Helen on Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:57 pm

I think a Miss Saigon film could work really well, as long as they get the right cast and director. In the hands of the wrong director and with a bad cast, it could be terrible. I've not seen it for years, but it's one of my favourite musicals.


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