Following the return of Cats in 2016, another classic British mega-musical will soon be making its way back to the bright lights of Broadway.
Miss Saigon, a love story inspired by the timeless opera Madame Butterfly and set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War in the '70s, will begin a revival at the Broadway Theater on 53rd Street this March. The musical first opened in London, England in 1989 before coming to New York City two years later. It had a strong run of over 10 years in both cities, and has been staged many times around the world over the past 28 years.
Featuring music by Les Miserables creators Alan Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, Miss Saigon centers on the relationship between young bar girl named Kim and an American GI named Chris. Their lives are upended by the fall of Saigon and ensuing social upheaval. When it debuted on Broadway in 1991, it won unprecedented commercial and critical acclaim, setting multiple new records at the time for Broadway ticket sales.
This new revival production now comes straight from London’s West End, where it ran from May of 2014 to February of 2016 under the direction of Laurence Connor. Many of the West End lead actors and actresses will be reprising their roles on Broadway: Eva Noblezada (Kim), Jon Jon Briones (The Engineer), Rachelle Ann Go (Gigi), and Alistair Brammer (Chris). Joining them for the Broadway production are Katie Rose Clarke (Ellen), Nicholas Christopher (John), Devin Ilaw (Thuy), and playing Kim at select performances will be young phenom Lianah Sta. Ana.
Rounding out the enormous ensemble cast will be Carol Angeli, Emily Bautista, Mike Baerga, Billy Bustamante, Viveca Chow, Julian DeGuzman, Colby Dezelick, Taurean Everett, Paige Faure, Graham Scott Fleming, Casey Garvin, Nkrumah Gatling, Dan Horn, Ericka Hunter, Adam Kaokept, Lina Lee, Paul HeeSang Miller, Robert Pendilla, Catherine Ricafort, Casey Lee Ross, Jason Sermonia, Julius Sermonia, Antoine L. Smith, Sam Strasfeld, Tiffany Toh, Kimberly-Ann Truong, Kei Tsuruharatani, Christopher Vo, Travis Ward-Osborne, Charlie Williams, Anna-Lee Wright, Warren Yang, and Minami Yusui.
Miss Saigon will begin Broadway previews on March 1, 2017 with an official opening date of March 23. The limited run is currently scheduled through January 13, 2018. Miss Saigon tickets can be purchased right through the box office, where prices start at $39.
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