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Miss Saigon Opens April 11 at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

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Miss Saigon is a tragic story of love and sacrifice, war and injustice, hookers and the American Dream, all set to a rich backdrop of music and colorful costumes. It is one of the best musicals ever, up there with Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, and the Tacoma Musical Playhouse promises to deliver the epic tale with quality performances.

Opening night is April 11 and Miss Saigon will run through May 4; curtain is at 8PM for evening shows every Friday and Saturday with matinees at 2PM every Saturday and Sunday. For theater buffs wanting a peek at the action behind the scenes, this Sunday April 6 at 7PM the Tacoma Musical Playhouse puts on Behind the Curtain, a 90-minute look at what it takes to create a production like Miss Saigon as well as the story’s history and proper theater-going etiquette.

Tickets for the show itself range from $16-$23 and can be purchased online at the website of the Tacoma Musical Playhouse up to 48 hours before showtime. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 16, but everyone else will enjoy the “sex, violence, war, prostitution, and profane language” which are necessary to tell the poignant story of American G.I. Chris and young and innocent Kim.

For a tiny taste of Miss Saigon, these lyrics are sung by the Engineer (a.k.a. the Pimp) who dreams of a life in America, away from the war and the filthy life he leads:

“What’s that I smell in the air?
The American dream
Sweet as a suite in Bel-air
The American dream
Girls can buy tits by the pair
The American dream
Bald people think they’ll grow hair
The American dream
Call girls are lining time square
The American dream
Bums there have money to spare
The American dream
Cars that have bars take you there
The American dream
On stage each night: Fred Astaire
The American dream

“Shlitz down the drain!
Pop the Champagne!
It’s time we all entertain
My American dream!”

Will the Engineer ever get to the Land of Milk and Honey he dreams about? Find out at Miss Saigon at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse this spring!