Korean star Kwang-Ho Hong to join Miss Saigon cast
It has been announced that Korean star Kwang-Ho Hong will join the cast of Miss Saigon, in the role of Thuy. The musical opens at the Prince Edward Theatre on 21 May 2014, following previews from 3 May - booking to 25 Oct 2014.
Kwang-Ho Hong will join the already announced Eva Noblezada (Kim), Jon Jon Briones (Engineer), Alistair Brammer (Chris), Hugh Maynard (John), Tamsin Carroll (Ellen) and Rachelle Ann Go (GiGi).
Kwang-Ho Hong is one of the top musical actors in Korea, where he has appeared in The Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll and Hyde and Man of La Mancha. He also performs in concert and regularly sells out arenas.
Miss Saigon has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. Based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly.
Miss Saigon is directed by Laurence Connor, musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. Designed by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley, lighting by Bruno Poet, costumes by Andreane Neofitou, sound by Mick Potter.
Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Kim is working in a sleazy Saigon night club owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as 'The Engineer'. John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night. That night will change their lives forever.
(Miss Saigon premiered at the West End's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1989 and ran for ten years to 1999.)