It’s a tough act to pull off, taking on the role of a sleazy pimp who’s unapologetically exploitative, ruthless and crooked, but simultaneously endearing himself to the audience with a remarkable charm. Rivera does it with ease … his is a superb performance.
A big thank you to everyone who watched ‘Miss Saigon’. Two months on, I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and post some of the reviews. Here they are:
The cynical, slippery,world weary , manipulative French/Vietnamese Engineer was played with relish by Marcus Rivera who had the audience eating out of his hand. Most of the time he puts on a brave, flashy face (‘speaking Uncle Ho, thinking Uncle Sam’) acting as pimp for the girls at the bar he runs , but secretly he wants to escape to America. His The American Dream with its high- stepping showgirls brought the house down.
– Sydney Arts Guide
“Marcus Rivera is The Engineer. Like Emsworth, this is a role he’s played before. Rivera’s natural charm and showmanship make him a perfect fit for the greedy, cruel but endlessly endearing pimp.”
This one was the Opening Night review and is probably the most comprehensive:
“But the standout performer of Packemin’s Miss Saigon is Rivera, returning to the role of the Engineer, which he understudied in Mackintosh’s last Australian production. It’s a tough act to pull off, taking on the role of a sleazy pimp who’s unapologetically exploitative, ruthless and crooked, but simultaneously endearing himself to the audience with a remarkable charm. Rivera does it with ease; it’s clear he’s walked in the character’s shoes before. His is a superb performance.”
I had a fantastic time playing the role, met new friends in the theatre community and the experience was a test of my vocal stamina. Of course, there is always room for improvement but it’s all in the name of our common love for this thing called theatre. See you at the next show!
Photo credit: Michael Snow for Packemin Productions.