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About the showAlmost 15 years after the acclaimed original production closed at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Boublil and Schonberg's epic musical 'Miss Saigon' makes a welcome return to London's West End, at the Prince Edward Theatre. From the composers of 'Les Misérables', this incredible musical is based on the opera 'Madame Butterfly' and relocates the action to the Vietnam War, where a relationship between an American GI and a Vietnamese bar girl blossoms against an unsettled backdrop. The musical first opened in London in 1989 directed by Nicholas Hytner and was famous for its impressive size and scale. John Napier's original set design featured a helicopter that descended onto the stage during the dramatic fall of Saigon. The original production ran for over 4,000 performances and is currently the longest running show at the Theatre Royal, where it eventually closed 10 years later. The show was a huge success on Broadway, gaining the biggest advance of a musical at the time. The original cast starred Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga who both took home Olivier and Tony Awards for their performances.
The show begins just before the fall of Saigon in 1975. Chris, an American GI, falls in love with Kim, a 17 year old Vietnamese bar girl, but as the American troops are forced to leave the country the pair become separated. Once the war is over Chris returns to Vietnam with his American wife to find that Kim has had his baby, and she is being used by The Engineer to gain a visa to the US. Miss Saigon is both dramatic and exciting, telling a classic love story in a fresh and utterly engaging way.
This production features a cast of international performers. Newcomer Eva Noblezada makes her professional stage debut as Kim. Alistair Brammer, who has previously played Marius in Les Miserable takes on the role of John. Jon Jon Briones plays The Engineer, Tamsin Carrol plays Ellen, Hugh Maynard plays John, Kwang-Ho Hong plays Thuy, and Rachelle Ann Go plays Gigi.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to be bring one of his most popular shows back to London.
Who Should See It?Those who enjoyed the original production will love seeing it again in London's West End. Fans of 'Les Misérables' on both stage and screen will appreciate the incredible score from two of the biggest musical theatre writers in modern history. Please note the show does include some adult themes and scenes that children may find distressing.
- Olivier Awards 1989: Best Actor in a Musical (Pryce); Best Actress in a Musical (Salonga).
- Tony Awards 1991: Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Pryce); Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Salonga); Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Hinton Battle).