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Australian Arts

Character acting without the character

11 November 2023

9:00 AM

11 November 2023

9:00 AM

Miss Saigon may on the face of it seem like an odd choice of musical for Opera Australia to revive for a mass popular audience but the upshot is so sumptuous and stylish and moving that it would be nitpicking to object. Yes, you can say the show written by the creators of Les Mis Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boubill plays on oriental typology but so what? This is a slightly weird modernisation of that intensely poignant opera Madam Butterfly but there’s no need to turn wokeness into a kind of never-ending insomnia of rectitude.

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