Despite a Brief Technical Glitch Involving the Famous Helicopter Scene, ‘Miss Saigon' Invades Dallas

There is a reason that theatrical companies have what's called a preview night. It's to work out any kinks that might present themselves. Well, one happened Tuesday night during the Dallas Summer Musicals production of Miss Saigon at the Music Hall at Fair Park.It happened just before the helicopter scene, easily one of the most memorable in Miss Saigon, which opened in the West End of London in 1989 and on Broadway in 1991. It simulates the American helicopter ascending from the roof of the U.S. Embassy in 1975, an arresting visual that marked the symbolic end to years of a bloody war in which more than 58,000 American soldiers lost their lives.Mike Richman, vice president of marketing with Dallas Summer Musicals, called the preview-night glitch a production issue."There are safety measures in place prior to the helicopter scene, and something occurred that tripped those safety measures," Richman said. "So, they had to stop down and re-check everything before proceeding."  Continue reading...

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