London Lookout: Full Cast Announced for Miss Saigon
The Heat Is On! After a recent string of hits with old musicals, Cameron Mackintosh is at it again with another musical blockbuster set to rock London later this spring. Mackintosh who “reimagined” Les Miserable has turned a huge profit with the new take on the old musical which is now headed for Broadway this spring. Now, he’s taken another one of his old friends and turned it new again. Miss Saigon is the latest musical to be “reimagined” for the stage and is set to hit London this spring with a brand new production it seems people can hardly wait for. Today, Luner on Theatre brings the full details on the full cast announcement for the London revival of Miss Saigon!
Miss Saigon is a musical that features music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr and Alain Boublil. The musical is based on the opera Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini and centers around a doomed relationship between an Asian woman named Kim and American solider named Chris. The musical takes place during the heat of the Vietnam War in the 1970’s. As their love grows, it is torn apart as Saigon falls around them.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh proudly announced the final casting today completing the cast for the much-anticipated return of Miss Saigon to London’s West End later this spring. Miss Saigon is set to begin performances on May 3rd, 2014 at The Prince Edward Theatre. The show currently booking tickets through October 2014. The leading cast includes Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada (Pictured Right) as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen, Hugh Maynard as John, Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi and Kwang-Ho Hong (Pictured Below Left) as Thuy. Briones appeared in the original production os Miss Saigon in the ensemble and Noblezada is only 17 years old and will make her professional stage debut as Kim.
The ensemble for Miss Saigon will include Julia Abueva, Natalie Chua, Jon-Scott Clark, Jenny Ding, Dale Evans, Callum Francis, Ashley Gilmour, Maria Graciano, Simon Hardwick, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Matthew Jeans, Kurt Kansley, David Kar-Hing Lee, Kittiphun Kittipakapom, Mitch Leow, Ela Lisondra, Carolyn Maitland, Tanya Manalang, Christian Rey Marbella, Kanako Nakano, Thao Therese Nguyen, Saori Oda, Ariel Reonal, Jon Reynolds, Romeo Salazar, Jordan Shaw, Marsha Songcome, Eloisa Amalia Tan, Christian Tanamal, Thao Vilayvong, Amadeus Williams and Gerald Zarcilla.
This brand new Miss Saigon production is being helmed by Laurence Connor who will serve as director. Bob Avian will provide musical staging and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. The rest of the creative team includes Totie Driver and Matt Kinley as production designers basing their work off of Adrain Vaux‘s original concept, Andreane Neofitou as costume designer, Bruno Poet as lighting designer and Mick Potter as sound designer. William David Brohn will provide orchestrations with Stephen Brooker and John Rigby as musical supervisors. Alfonso Casado Trigo is the production’s musical director.
The return of Miss Saigon to the West End has been highly anticipated since Mackintosh announced the production would return in time for its 25th anniversary. When tickets for the revival went on sale in September 2013, the sales broke the records for the largest number of ticket sales in one single day in both West End and Broadway history. Since Miss Saigon‘s debut at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago, the production has gone on to play over 300 cities around the world and be adapted into 15 different languages. In America, Miss Saigon holds the record for the 12th longest running production in Broadway history.
I could not be more excited for the return of Miss Saigon to London’s West End! I think this is a fantastic idea that Cameron Mackintosh has worked out just in time for the production’s 25th anniversary. Much like Les Miserables, Miss Saigon is a staple production of the musical theatre world. It’s a show that everyone should experience if they can and tells one of the greatest stories we can bear; being separated from our love due to conflict. The story of Miss Saigon and the themes touched upon in this production are more relevant now than they were when this production debuted in 1989. The world we live in today is constantly filled with conflict while families, lovers and friends are consistently torn apart by conflict. I can only hope Miss Saigon is received well in London and a landing pad awaits this show on Broadway where I believe the production would be well received in a revival for the first time since the show closed over a decade again.
Luner on Theatre is very excited for the return of Miss Saigon to London’s West End! The casting has led us one step closer to the production which lands in London’s West End later this spring! We will continue to keep you up to date on all of the news regarding the production until opening night and beyond! We hope to bring you rehearsal photos, production shots and much more! 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!