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Miss Saigon is back, bombast, orientalist clichés, and all


The revival’s staging feels old-school, and not in a good way.

Miss Saigon, the 1989 musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Richard Maltby Jr., and Alain Boublil that did for helicopters what Phantom of the Opera did for chandeliers, is back, self-conscious bombast and orientalist clichés fully intact. Though revamped for the 2017 Broadway revival, everything about Laurence Connor’s staging feels old-school, in a bad way.…

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