Miss Saigon Back on Broadway with Jon jon Briones, Eva Noblezada

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Miss Saigon Back on Broadway

 

 

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Miss Saigon

Previews Mar 01, 2017

Opening Night Mar 23, 2017

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The musical was premiered at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, on 20 September 1989, closing after over four thousand performances, on 30 October 1999. It opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre in 1991 and subsequently played in many other cities and embarked on tours. Prior to the opening of the 2014 London revival, it was claimed that Miss Saigon had set a new world record for opening day ticket sales, with sales in excess of £4m reported and now returns to the USA and is Playing at the Broadway Theatre.

 

Broadway Cast

 

Alistair-Brammer-miss-saigon-theatregold  Alistair Brammer – Chris
 jon-jon-briones-miss-saigon-theatregold  Jon Jon Briones – The Engineer
 eva-noblezada-miss-saigon-theatregold  Eva Noblezada – Kim
 katie-rose-clarke-miss-saigon-theatregold  Katie Rose Clarke – Ellen
 nicholas-christopher-Miss-Saigon-theatregold  Nicholas Christopher – John
 devin-ilaw-Miss-Saigon-theatregold  Devin Ilaw – Thuy
 rachelle-ann-go-miss-saigon-theatregold  Rachelle Ann Go – Gigi

 Back Story

Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It is based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover.

The setting of the plot is relocated to the 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War, and Madame Butterfly’s story of marriage between an American lieutenant and geisha is replaced by a romance between an American GI and a Vietnamese bargirl.
The musical was premièred at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, on 20 September 1989, closing after over four thousand performances, on 30 October 1999. It opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre in 1991 and subsequently played in many other cities and embarked on tours. Prior to the opening of the 2014 London revival, it was claimed that Miss Saigon had set a world record for opening day ticket sales, with sales in excess of £4m reported.

The musical débuted on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre on 11 April 1991 and closed on 28 January 2001 after 4,092 performances. Directed again by Nicholas Hytner with musical staging by Bob Avian, scenic design was by John Napier, costume design was by Andreane Neofitou and Suzy Benzinger and lighting design was by David Hersey. As of September 2015, Miss Saigon is still the 13th longest-running Broadway musical in musical theatre history.

 

2014 West End Revival

Preview performances for the anticipated West End revival in the show’s 25th year began in early May 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre. It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and directed by Laurence Connor. Auditions for the role of Kim were held from November 1922, 2012 in Manila, Philippines. On November 21, 2013, it was announced 18-year-old Eva Noblezada was cast as Kim.  Other cast members include Kwang-Ho Hong as Thuy, Jon Jon Briones as the Engineer, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Hugh Maynard as John, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. The official opening night was 21 May. On the 22nd September 2014, a special 25th anniversary gala performance was held. After a full performance of the current show, Lea Salonga, Simon Bowman, Jonathan Pryce and many of the original 1989 cast joined with the current cast for a special finale. The finale started with Lea Salonga leading the ensemble with “This is the Hour”, Lea and Rachelle Anne Go performed “The Movie in My Mind”. Lea, Simon Bowman, Alistair Brammer and Eva Noblezada performed “Last Night of the World” before Jonathan Pryce took to the stage with “American Dream”. The West End production closed on 27 February 2016 after 760 performances, with plans to transfer to Australia, Germany and Broadway in the next two years. According to Baz Bamigboye, this was so as to make way for the West End production of Aladdin.

Full Cast

Alistair Brammer – Broadway debut – Chris
Jon Jon Briones – Broadway debut – The Engineer
Eva Noblezada – Broadway debut – Kim
Nicholas Christopher – John
Katie Rose Clarke – Ellen
Rachelle Ann Go – Broadway debut Gigi
Devin Ilaw – Thuy
Lianah Sta. Ana – Broadway debut – Kim – Alternate
Emily Bautista – Broadway debut – Bar Girl
Billy Bustamante – Assistant Commissar/Moulin Club Owner
Jace Chen – Broadway debut – Tam – Alternate
Julian DeGuzman – Barman/ Vietnamese Soldier
Colby Dezelick – Broadway debut – Marine
Taurean Everett – Marine
Paige Faure – Bar Girl
Graham Scott Fleming – Broadway debut – Marine
Casey Garvin – Marine
Nkrumah Gatling – Marine
Dan Horn – Marine
Ericka Hunter – Bar Girl / Patpong Street Worker
Adam Kaokept – Vietnamese Soldier
Lina Lee – Broadway debut – Bar Girl
Paul HeeSang Miller – Barman / Vietnamese Soldier
Robert Pendilla – Barman / Vietnamese Soldier
Brandon Pereyra – Broadway debut – Tam – Alternate
Catherine Ricafort – Dominique / Patpong Street Worker
Casey Lee Ross – Broadway debut – Marine
Jason Sermonia – Vietnamese Soldier / Patpong Street Worker
Antoine L. Smith – Shultz / Marine
Sam Strasfeld – Marine
Tiffany Toh – Broadway debut – Fifi / Patpong Street Worker
Kimberly-Ann Truong – Broadway debut – Mimi / Moulin Rouge Club Dancer
Kei Tsuruharatani – Vietnamese Soldier
Christopher Vo – Barman / Vietnamese Soldier
Travis Ward-Osborne – Marine
Samuel Li Weintraub – Broadway debut – Tam – Alternate
Anna-Lee Wright – Broadway debut -Yvonne / Patpong Street Worker
Warren Yang – Broadway debut – Marine / Vietnamese Soldier
Gregory Ye – Broadway debut – Tam – Alternate
Minami Yusui – Yvette / Moulin Rouge Club Dancer

Swings: Carol Angeli, Mike Baerga, Viveca Chow and Julius Sermonia
Understudies: Emily Bautista (Kim), Billy Bustamante (The Engineer), Julian DeGuzman (Thuy), Colby Dezelick (Chris), Paige Faure (Ellen), Graham Scott Fleming (Chris), Nkrumah Gatling (John), Ericka Hunter (Ellen, Gigi), Adam Kaokept (The Engineer, Thuy), Antoine L. Smith (John) and Kimberly-Ann Truong (Gigi)


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