Act One

Saigon - April 1975
It is a Friday night in Saigon, shortly before the fall of the city and 
the emergency withdrawal of the American troops from it. But tonight, 
backstage at an afterhours club called Dreamland, Vietnamese bar-girls 
are preparing for the night's "contest" which will see one of them win 
the title Miss Saigon - and in turn become the price in the evening's 
raffle. THE HEAT IS ON IN SAIGON in more ways than one. 
The Engineer is marshaling the proceedings, urging the girls to go out 
front and hustle for him and themselves. It may be their last chance to 
earn some dollars - and maybe a passport away from here - before the 
city falls. The club is packed with American marines, civilians and 
South Vietnamese officers. Among them are two friends, Chris and John, 
out to get drunk, laid or both. The Engineer introduces a new girl to 
them, Kim, to whom Chris is instantly attracted. 
The contest is won by Gigi, and as she is won in turn by one of the 
marines, she reflects on THE MOVIE IN MY MIND that she plays out in her 
fantasies, longing to flee this life and this place. Kim and the other 
girls share the fantasy of finding themselves a strong GI who will 
protect them. 
John secures Kim's services from the Engineer for his friend Chris (THE 
TRANSACTION) and they are formally introduced (THE DANCE). Kim quickly 
takes Chris out of the club and into her tiny bare room. Later that 
night, with Kim soundly asleep but the city still bustling outside the 
small window, Chris reflects on his confused feelings (WHY GOD WHY?). He 
leaves some money for Kim, and goes out onto the street. There, accosted 
by locals who beg him to help them leave the country, he realizes how 
corrupt it is. He returns to Kim's room where, seeing her, he sees the 
other, beautiful Saigon that will now forever be part of his memories of 
the place. 
She awakens, and refuses the money he has left (THIS MONEY'S YOURS). She 
tells him it was her first time; when Chris is skeptical and pressures 
her for more information, she goes on to tell him how she came to be 
here: her village was burned and her family blasted away. Chris is now 
her savior, the sunlight to her moon (SUN AND MOON). 
In the middle of the next day, Chris phones his friend John to tell him 
his news: he's moving in with Kim, and they are going to spend the next 
48 hours together. But John informs him that events are moving rapidly 
on and Saigon could fall at any minute (THE TELEPHONE SONG). 
Despite the political climate, John agrees that Chris can spend another 
day away. The Engineer, meanwhile, tries to strike a new deal for Kim 
with Chris: in exchange for her, he wants a visa. Chris can only offer 
more cash, which the Engineer is forced to accept (THE DEAL). 
The bar girls help Kim to move into a new room that she will share with 
Chris. A shrine is set up, and he girls and Kim sing Vietnamese words 
traditionally used to celebrate weddings (THE WEDDING CEREMONY, DJU VUI 
VAI). The festivities are interrupted by a man to whom Kim had been 
promised when she was just 13 (THUY'S ARRIVAL). Kim refuses Thuy and he 
leaves angrily, and as Chris takes Kim in his arms, they sing of the 
love they have found in each other (THE LAST NIGHT OF THE WORLD). 

Ho Chi Minh City - April 1978
The action moves forward three years. Saigon has been renamed Ho Chi 
Minh City, and the victory of North Vietnam and the third anniversary 
reunification is being celebrated in a street pageant (THE MORNING OF 
Kim is in a small room that she shares with a number of other 
Vietnamese. In the early morning, she sings about the GI that she still 
believes will one day come back for her (I STILL BELIEVE). But Chris is 
back home on the other side of the world, and is asleep in his bed, 
haunted by nightmares. Next to him is Ellen, his wife. She, too, sings 
of her hopes that he'll finally leave whatever it is that is troubling 
him behind. 
The Engineer returns to Ho Chi Minh City from a re-education camp (BACK 
IN TOWN). Thuy, now the people's commissar, has offered him freedom if 
he finds Kim. The Engineer leads Thuy to her, but again she rejects his 
love because she is sworn to Chris. Thuy orders his soldiers to wreck 
the room, and beat up the Engineer. Kim reveals to Thuy that she has a 
two-year-old son, Tam, by Chris; when Thuy threatens the boy with a 
knife, Kim pulls out a gun and is forced to shoot Thuy (THUY'S DEATH/YOU 
The pageant continues outside, with a giant statue of Ho Chi Minh being 
raised in the square. Kim escapes through the crowd, and makes her way 
to the Engineer's abode in the abandoned backroom of what was once 
Dreamland, where he is picking over his souvenirs of his days presiding 
over the place and dreaming of moving on to Bangkok and then America (IF 
Kim arrives with Tam, and telling the Engineer what has happened to 
Thuy, asks for help to leave the country. When the Engineer realizes 
that Tam is the son of a marine, he sees him as a route to freedom for 
them all: the child is American, so will be their entree to the USA (KIM 
AND ENGINEER). Kim's first concern, however, is the child (I'D GIVE MY 
LIFE FOR YOU). They prepare to join the boatpeople to leave the country. 

Act Two
Atlanta - September 1978
John is addressing a conference in Atlanta on the plight of children 
born of American fathers in Vietnam (BUI-DOI). John now works for an 
agency that deals with the problems this has given rise to. Chris and 
his wife Ellen are at the conference. 
After his address, John is taken aside by Chris, and John tells him that 
his staff in Bangkok have located Kim working there as a bargirl, but 
she has a child and Chris is the father. John tells him that the best 
thing to do will be for Chris to go to Bangkok, accompanied by Ellen 
(THE REVELATION). But first, John insists, she must be told about Kim. 

Bangkok - October 1978
In a street in Patpong in Bangkok, the Engineer is seen hustling for 
customers with his rivals outside a sleazy nightclub called Le Moulin 
Rouge (WHAT A WASTE). 
John finds Kim working in a massage parlor, and tells her that Chris is 
with him in Bangkok (PLEASE). But he is unable to tell Kim the truth 
that Chris is now married to another woman and returns to the hotel to 
tell Chris and Ellen of the impossible situation. 
Kim, meanwhile, anticipating being reunited with Chris, recalls the 
moments when they were separated during the Fall of Saigon. With a huge 
crowd of Vietnamese pushing at the Embassy gates, Kim failed to get past 
the guards and the helicopters left without her (KIM'S NIGHTMARE). 
The Engineer gives Kim the hotel address where Chris is staying, and she 
runs to find him; at the same time, Chris and John are traveling through 
the city to find her. Kim arrives at Chris's room, and after being 
mistaken for a maid by Ellen, discovers the truth from her - that Chris 
is already married (ROOM 317). Kim urges her to take Tam back to America 
with them, but Ellen refuses. 
After Kim leaves, Ellen realizes that Chris must make a choice between 
them, and decided to fight for him (NOW THAT I'VE SEEN HER). Chris and 
John return, having failed to find Kim, and learn that Kim has already 
been there and that Ellen has told her everything (THE CONFRONTATION). 
Ellen tells Chris that Kim is expecting him to go see her that night. 
Chris and Ellen decide to go see Kim together to try to convince her 
that the best solution is that they will support her and the child in 
Kim has returned to the club and lies to the Engineer, telling him that 
she has seen Chris and he will arrive later that evening to take them 
all to America. The Engineer finally sees his dreams coming true (THE 
Meanwhile, however, Kim is preparing for Tam to meet his father. As 
Chris arrives with Ellen and John, she disappears behind the bed curtain 
and a gunshot rings out. Her body falls out from behind the curtain as 
Chris walks in, and she dies in his arms (FINALE).


The American Dream
Bui- Doi
Heat is On in Saigon
If You Want to Die in Bed
I Still Believe
By: Zubin Sethna
I'd Give My Life For You
By: Zubin Sethna
Last Night of the World
Movie in My Mind
By: Anthony
Sun and Moon
By: Kelson Vibber
Why God?

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