Theatre Preview: Miss Saigon @ Bristol Hippodrome
by Abi Hack
Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce principal casting and further dates for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of his acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical MISS SAIGON.
Miss Saigon tells 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.
Since its London premiere in 1989, Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon has become one of the most successful musicals in history. The original Broadway production of Miss Saigon opened on April 11, 1991 with what was the largest advance sale in Broadway history ($37 million). The show went on to play for nearly ten years and 4,063 performances seen by more than 5.9 million people. Miss Saigon has been performed in 28 countries, over 300 cities in 15 different languages, has won over 40 awards including 2 Olivier Awards, 3 Tony Awards, and 4 Drama Desk Awards and been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.
The show swept the board at the 2015 Whatsonstage.com awards winning a record breaking nine awards, the most awards ever won by a single show in the 15-year history of the awards including: Best West End Show and Best Revival of a Musical.
‘Dynamite Broadway revival’ -- The New Yorker
‘This thrilling new production spills out beyond the theatre and speaks directly to the times we live in’ -- The Daily Telegraph
Music Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil
Additional lyrics Michael Mahler
Adapted Alain Boublil (from original French lyrics)
Directed by Laurence Connor
Musical staging Bob Avian
Additional choreography Geoffrey Garratt
Production design Totie Driver and Matt Kinley
Original concept Adrian Vaux
Costume design Andreane Neofitou
Lighting design Bruno Poet
Projections Luke Halls
Sound design Mick Potter
Orchestrations William David Brohn
Red Concepcion as ‘The Engineer’
Sooha Kim as ‘Kim’ -- At certain performances ‘Kim’ will be played by Joreen Bautista
Ashley Gilmour as ‘Chris’
Zoë Doano as ‘Ellen’
Gerald Santos as ‘Thuy’