Thursday 21st December 2017, a day off work to celebrate my 5th Anniversary of watching theatrical shows, mostly at the Millenium Centre here in Cardiff Bay. For the record I’ve seen 151 different shows, with 418 performances of those shows. And to break it down even more 342 of those have been at the Centre. Today therefore is a very special day for me, which gives me the chance to celebrate even more, with two performances of this excellent musical.
Today I’m carrying on with my musical appreciation of the fabulous songs on offer in this show. Continuing with the next scene we move to 1978 in Ho Chi Minh city ensemble with ‘Morning of the Dragon’, a fabulous song sung by the Ensemble and the Engineer, stunning music with equally stunning voices make this a scene never to be forgotten. Another beautiful piece just happens to come up next with Kim and Ellen giving us this amazing duet, so beautifully sung this always brings a tear to my eyes.
Three more songs spring into life before the end of act one. ‘You will not touch him’, is another extremely moving piece, a duet between Kim and Thuy, a really powerful performance from both, bringing a tear yet again as the scene ends. The scene moves on to the Engineer and his next piece’ If You Want to Die in Bed’ a change of tempo to a more comical approach which lifts you a little after the past few sad scenes. We end act one on another tearfest moment as Kim sings ‘I’d give my love to you’ another beautiful piece of music, bringing the act to a fitting end, which makes me crave more, bring on act two.
I have to say a massive thank you to the Development staff at the Centre for making my day even more special, all of them have been so generous to me over the year and I have to thank them all so much. Also the bar staff and management have been equally amazing throughout the year, and especially today. In fact I’ve made so many friends here over the years, most of them have been VSA’s and volunteers who take time to meet and greet, generally making me feel so welcome every time I’m here,a huge thank you to those guys as well. In all the staff here at the Centre are the best people you could ever meet. Long may this friendship with this incredible theatre continue.