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Miss Saigon announces new cast for second year
Chris Peluso will star as 'Chris', alongside Siobhan Dillon as 'Ellen', Natalie Mendoza as 'Gigi' and Sangwoong Jo as 'Thuy'.
They will join continuing cast members Jon Jon Briones as 'The Engineer' and Eva Noblezada as 'Kim' and Hugh Maynard as 'John'.
The production originally opened on 21 May 2014 following previews from 3 May 2014 to mainly positive reviews, with many praising the strength of the cast as well as the scale of the new production. It is currently booking to 19 December 2015.
As of 11 May 2015 the full cast of Miss Saigon will include: Michael Carolan, Richard Carson, Natalie Chua, Callum Evans, Maria Graciano, Nathan Graham, Simon Hardwick, Sangwoong Jo, Kurt Kansley, Sooha Kim, Kittiphun Kittipakapom, Aaron Lee Lambert, David Kar-Hing Lee, Mitch Leow, Ela Lisondra, Michael Macalintal, Tanya Manalang, Christian Rey Marbella, Liam Marcellino, Kanako Nakano, Thao Therese Nguyen, Saori Oda, Claire Parrish, Kiel Payton, Ethan Le Phong, Katherine Picar, Romeo Salazar, Ariel Reonal, Jon Reynolds, Marsha Songcome, Eloisa Amalia Tan, Gavin Tsang, Thao Vilayvong, Amadeus Williams, Gerald Zarcilla and Yuval Zoref.
Miss Saigon is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr.
The musical is directed by Laurence Connor, with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. Scenic design is by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley, lighting by Bruno Poet, costumes by Andreane Neofitou, and sound design 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.