Principal casting and further tour dates have been announced for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Miss Saigon, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s classic musical.
Opening at Curve Leicester, where it will play from 1 – 22 July, further casting for Miss Saigon will include Red Concepcion as ‘The Engineer’, Sooha Kim as ‘Kim’, Ashley Gilmour as ‘Chris’, Zoë Doano as ‘Ellen’ and Gerald Santos as ‘Thuy’. At certain performances ‘Kim’ will be played by Joreen Bautista. In addition to the venues already announced, which include Birmingham Hippodrome, Millennium Centre Cardiff and the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, the show will also play the Manchester Palace Theatre, The Bristol Hippodrome and Theatre Royal Plymouth throuhgout 2018. Further venues are still to be announced.
This classic musical mirrors the plotline of the opera Madame Butterfly, telling the story of the last days of the Vietnam War. 17 year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.
Miss Saigon has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil. The new production contains additional lyrics by Michael Mahler and is directed by Laurence Connor, with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt.
Since its London premiere in 1989, Cameron Mackintosh’s production has become one of the most successful musicals in history. The original Broadway production opened in April 1991 with what was the largest advance sale in Broadway history ($37 million). The show went on to play for nearly ten years, giving over 4,000 performances seen by more than 5.9 million people. Miss Saigon has been performed in 28 countries, over 300 cities, in 15 different languages and has won over 40 awards, including 2 Olivier Awards, 3 Tony Awards, and 4 Drama Desk Awards. It has since been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.
Miss Saigon tours at various venues from 3 July 2017. For more information on each of the venue dates and to buy tickets, visit the website.