Where: New Victory Theater
209 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY
When: Through April 16, 2017
Who: Ages 6 and up
Where: Walter Kerr Theatre
219 W. 48th St.
Who: Ages 13 and up
Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (The Fabulous Life of Amelie Poulain). It is about a shy woman trying to make her life better by helping others to make their lives better. Phillipa Soo is charming in the title role. She makes a plucky and adorable heroine. The love story between her and Adam Chanler-Berat is sweet although they spend the majority of the play not really connecting directly. All of the other actors play a variety of roles. The cast does a good job with their various roles, however, at times, it is hard to keep straight who they are playing at any given moment and what their relation to the story is. The story itself was a little hard to follow especially if you are not familiar with the movie. The songs are nice to listen to but not especially memorable. Although there is nothing particularly objectionable about this show, it is not really for young children who would probably find it hard to follow the story and be bored. For older children, the main character of the story makes a good role model because of her positive attitude and the way she shows us that we are all connected to each other and should strive to help each other when we can. This is an important lesson for us all especially in these divisive times.
For more information about Amelie or to purchase tickets visit ameliebroadway.com
We were given free tickets to Miss Saigon for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
What: Miss Saigon
Where: Broadway Theatre
New York, NY
Who: Ages 13 and up
Mom - Miss Saigon is about an American GI in Vietnam and the young Vietnamese girl he meets, falls in love with, and is forced to leave behind. Although this production has a lot of bells and whistles including its huge set and props which include a helicopter that lands on stage, at its heart it is a bittersweet and tender love story. Eva Noblezada and Alistair Brammer as Kim and Chris respectively are moving in their roles and make a sweet young couple. Miss Noblezada was literally discovered during a performance at the Jimmy Awards, the National High School music awards, and chosen to star in the original West End production of the version of Miss Saigon which is currently on Broadway. Her alternate, Lianah Sta. Ana, has an equally interesting story as she was literally staring in a community theater production of the show just a few months ago. Having seen that production of the show, we can honestly say no matter which of the two plays Kim on the night you attend the show, you will get a really wonderful performance. The rest of the cast are good in their roles too, but it is clearly Miss Noblezada (or Miss Sta. Ana's show). Over all, the show is very enjoyable. The story is engaging. The music is pleasant although some songs are more memorable than others. The songs include a couple of really sweet love ballads and some fun upbeat numbers among other things. At times the music gets a bit repetitive as happens with shows that are mostly music. The show is mostly the same as the original 1991 show with a few minor changes. It is definitely not a show for young children due to subject matter as well as some parts of the show which may be too intense or scary. Adults and older children would enjoy this show. It is show that should equally appeal to those who like love stories and those who like stories with a lot of action.
For more information about Miss Saigon or to purchase tickets visit saigonbroadway.com
And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.
Photo credits: Something photo 1 by Nicola Scarmagnani
Something photo 2 by Giovanni Chiodini
Something photo 3 by Alessio Amato
All Amelie photos by Joan Marcus