London Lookout: Miss Saigon Will Fly Back Into London
Between the return of Les Miserables to Broadway and Olivier! slowly but surely lurking its way to another revival to be mounted on a stage somewhere, Cameron Mackintosh has still managed to figure a way to add even more to his epic schedule next year. Mackintosh has thrusted himself back into the spotlight after mounting a success re-imagined tour of Les Miserables in the United States which is heading for Broadway upon its completion. While that is only one of several projects Mackintosh currently has lined up for himself, yesterday he had heads turning with another official announcement of his regarding an upcoming production. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that Miss Saigon will return to London’s West End in spring 2014.
Miss Saigon is a musical that features music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Alain Boublil. The book is adapted from the original french lyrics by Alain Boublil. The musical follows the story of two lovers, specifically the asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The two fall in love in the 1970’s during the final days of the Vietnam War. The story follows their encounters and what happens as Vietnam and their world is torn apart during one of the worst human conflicts.
Miss Saigon will return to London to play the Prince Edward Theatre in May 2014. The production will mark the 25th anniversary of the original which opened in 1989 at the West End’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The original London production ran for 4,264 performances and set the house record for the longest running show ever at West End’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The original London production transferred to the United States where it played the Broadway Theatre in New York for 4,092 performances. As of this past month, Miss Saigon is the 11th longest running musical in Broadway history. Miss Saigon has been performed in 28 countries in over 300 cities in 15 different languages. The production has also won over 40 awards including two Olivier Awards, three Tony Awards, and four Drama Desk Awards. 35 million people worldwide have had the chance to experience Miss Saigon.
Cameron Mackintosh will helm the revival as lead producer. The revival will be helmed by Laurence Connor as director. Bob Avian will provide musical staging with additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. The rest of the creative team includes Totie Driver and Matt Kinley as production designers, who will work from the original concept by Adrian Vaux. The team also includes Andreane Neofitou as costume designer, Bruno Poet as lighting designer, Mick Potter as sound designer and William David Brohn providing orchestrations. As of this point in time, no official casting has been announced for the London revival.
When talking about the upcoming revival, Mackintosh said;
“If anything the tragic love story of Miss Saigon has become even more relevant today. In the last 25 years our country has become involved in similar wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the way we weren’t in Vietnam and the American Dream has been buffeted by the reality of recent history. The new production has taken a more gritty and realistic approach to the design than the operatic original but still delivers the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg’s great score. Of all my shows Miss Saigon is probably the one I have the most requests to bring back. For some years I have been waiting for the perfect theatre to house the new production. These requests are not only from a public who remembers seeing it originally but from a generation of new audiences who were too young (or not even born!) to get to see it. Now that the very successful Jersey Boyshas decided to move to a more intimate theatre I now have the perfect theatre – The Prince Edward.”
Luner on Theatre could not be more excited for the return of such a well-known production to London’s West End. Like Les Miserables, this is one of those musicals that is just so well written, it also seems to deserve a permanent place on stage somewhere. While the story of Miss Saigon has made its way around the world, it seems only fitting that one of the greatest musicals of the 20th century returns to London kicking off the 21st century while celebrating its 25th anniversary. As Mackintosh himself stated, this story is more relevant today than ever before with the war torn world we live in. Lovers are consistently being separated and I think Saigon’s return to the stage will remind us all of just how fragile love as a whole can be. It will also be interesting to see if any life beyond the West End comes from this revival. Broadway is never too far off for a re-worked London revival.
Luner on Theatre is very excited for the return of Miss Saigon to London’s West End! We will continue to keep you up to date on all of the news regarding the production until opening night and beyond! Let the countdown begin as Miss Saigon slowly but surely makes her helicopter ride back into London’s West End! For more London Theatre News, check out Luner on Theatre’s London Lookout Page for everything you need to know! For more information, visit Miss Saigon’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!