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Cameron Mackintosh announces UK Tour of Miss Saigon
The hit musical will tour the UK in 2017/18
Fans of the hit musical Miss Saigon will be able to see the recent London revival of Boublil and Schönberg's legendary show around the UK, as producer Cameron Mackintosh today announced a major national tour for 2017/18.
The tour will open at the Curve Theatre in Leicester on 3 July 2017 before running at Birmingham Hippodrome (26 July - 23 September 2017), Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (Wednesday 4 October to Saturday 18 November), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (29 November 2017 - 6 January 2018), Festival Theatre Edinburgh (17 January - 17 February 2018) and Mayflower Southampton (21 February - 17 March 2018).
The new London production of Miss Saigon opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre in May 2014 to record-breaking advance sales and critical acclaim. The musical celebrated its 25th Anniversary during the run, and held a gala performance including members of the original cast. The production is set to be screened nationwide in cinemas on 16 October 2016, as well as being screened in the USA.
Miss Saigon will return to Broadway in its original New York home, the Broadway Theatre, where it officially opens on 23 March 2017 following previews from 1 March 2017.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh said of the news: "It's hard to believe that it has been over 25 years since Miss Saigon first opened, but if anything, the tragic love story of the show has become even more relevant today. This new production, directed by Laurence Connor, takes a grittier, more realistic approach than the original production while still delivering the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg's tremendous score...I am thrilled that audiences around the UK will get to see this tremendous new production that audiences and critics in London have embraced since it opened in 2014; which I am now taking to Broadway with its original West End stars opening next March at the Broadway Theatre."
Miss Saigon features music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Alain Boublil, with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler. The new production is directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. Production design is by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux; costume design by Andreane Neofitou; lighting design by Bruno Poet; sound design by Mick Potter; and orchestrations by William David Brohn.
The musical premiered at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1989 and has since become one of the most successful musicals in history. The original Broadway production opened on 11 April 1991 with what was the largest advance sale in Broadway history ($37 million) and is remembered for causing controversy with the American Actors Equity over the casting of Jonathan Pryce in the role of The Engineer. The show 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.
Casting and further details of the UK Tour are to be announced.