MISS SAIGON – AN EPIC MUSICAL
Miss Saigon is a modern-day retelling of Madame Butterfly and was created by the team that wrote Les Miserables – Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schoenberg.
Following an epic original London run which saw the show performed over 8000 times at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Miss Saigon re-opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in May 2014 confirming its place as one of the great eighties mega-musicals staged by Cameron Mackintosh, musicals which included Cats, The Phantom Of The Opera, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon! . The revival is already breaking box office records with over £4million of tickets being sold on the first day of sales.
WHAT IS MISS SAIGON ABOUT?
Miss Saigon is set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman.
Kim is working in a sleazy Saigon night club owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as ‘The Engineer’. John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night. That night will change their lives forever.
Just as Phantom has its chandalier and Les Miserables has its barricades, Miss Saigon became known as the musical with the helicopter and you’ll be pleased to know that it’s back utilising more modern technology that in its original incarnation. It’s quite something to hear it arrive over your head and then to see it onstage as evacuees climb aboard ready to leave Saigon.
The score of Miss Saigon is every bit as epic as the production itself. One of the greatest musical scores ever written its romantic and lush, and is guaranteed to sweep you away.
HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY
Recently Miss Saigon celebrated it’s 25th Birthday with a special performance where tickets were sold at 1989 prices. The evening was a very special one with a curtain call featuring Lea Salonga, Jonathan Pryce and Simon Bowman from the original London cast. You can catch a glimpse of the highlights here.
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The Engineer – Jon Jon Briones
Kim – Eva Noblezada
Chris – Alistair Brammer
Ellen – Tamsin Carroll
Gigi – Rachelle Ann Go
John – Hugh Maynard
Thuy – Kwang-Ho Hong
Julia Abueva, Leon Cooke, Natalie Chua, Jon-Scott Clark, Jenny Ding, Dale Evans, Callum Francis, Ashley Gilmour, Maria Graciano, Simon Hardwick, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Matthew Jeans, Kurt Kansley, Kittiphun Kittipakapom, David Kar-Hing Lee, Mitch Leow, Ethan Le Phong, Ela Lisondra, Carolyn Maitland, Tanya Manalang, Christian Rey Marbella, Kanako Nakano, Thao Nguyen, Saori Oda, Ariel Reonal, Jon Reynolds, Romeo Salazar, Jordan Shaw, Niall Sheehy, Marsha Songcome, Kerry Spark, Eloisa Amalia Tan, Gavin Tsang, Thao Vilayvong, Amadeus Wiliams, Gerald Zarcilla.
Book and Lyrics by Alain Boublil
Concept, Book and Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jnr
Director – Laurence Connor
Musical Staging – Bob Avian
Additional Choreography – Geoffrey Garratt
Set Design – Totie Driver and Matt Kinley
Original Set Design – Adrian Vaux
Costume Design – Adreane Neofitou
Lighting Design – Bruno Poet
Sound Design – Mick Potter
Musical Supervisors – Stephen Brooker and John Rigby
Musical Director – Alfonso Casado Trigo
In this new production by Laurence Connor, it survives very well as a piece of musical storytelling and as a public spectacle. It’s not a show one loves, in the way one does Guys and Dolls or Sweeney Todd, but I found myself watching it with a professional admiration.
Michael Billington, The Guardian [star rating=”4″]
Laurence Connor’s production has a cinematic fluency and he keeps the dramatic tension simmering throughout. For all its many merits, however, I find it easier to admire Miss Saigon than to love it.
Charles Spencer, The Telegraph [star rating=”4″]
The famous helicopter scene may not be as jaw-dropping as it was in the original Eighties staging, but after a 15-year absence Miss Saigon makes a stirring return to the West End. It’s less operatic than before and has a grittier feel. Yet it remains a huge spectacle, and the music (by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil) surges and soars.
Henry Hitchings, London Evening Standard [star rating=”4″]
1989 Laurence Olivier Awards
Best Actor In A Musical – Jonathan Pryce
Best Actress In A Musical – Lea Salonga
1991 Tony Awards
Best Performance By a Leading Actor In a Musical – Jonathan Pryce
Best Performance By A Leading Actress In A Musical – Lea Salonga
Best Performance By a Featured Actors In a Musical – Hinton Battle
1991 Drama Desk Awards
Outstanding Actors In a Musical – Jonathan Pryce
Outstanding Actress In A Musical – Lea Salonga
Outstanding Orchestrations – William David Brohn
Outstanding Lighting Design – David Hersey