It’s been confirmed that a new bio-musical about the rise to fame of the Bee Gees is in the works, and could be eyeing a place in the West End.
Universal Theatrical Group is the team behind...
The musical will star Eva Noblezada (Kim), Jon Jon Briones (Engineer), Alistair Brammer (Chris), Hugh Maynard (John), Tamsin Carroll (Ellen), Rachelle Ann Go (GiGi).
The ensemble includes: Julia Abueva, Natalie Chua, Jon-Scott Clark, Rob Compton , Callum Francis, Ashley Gilmour, Maria Graciano, Simon Hardwick, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Matthew Jeans, Kurt Kansley, Kittiphun Kittipakapom, David Lee, Mitch Leow, Ela Lisondra, Tanya Manalang, Christian Rey Marbella, Kanako Nakano, Thao Therese Nguyen, Saori Oda, Ariel Reonal, Jon Reynolds, Romeo Salazar, Jordan Shaw, Marsha Songcome, Eloisa Amalia Tan, Christian Tanamal, Thao Vilayvong, Amadeus Williams, Gerald Zarcilla.
Jon Jon Briones was in the ensemble in the original cast of “Miss Saigon” when the show opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He has since played the role of ‘The Engineer’ in his native Philippines, London, on tour in both the UK and US and also in Germany. Seventeen year old Eva Noblezada from Charlotte, North Carolina, will make her professional stage debut as ‘Kim’. Alistair Brammer made his professional stage debut as ‘Marius’ in the West End production of “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre. Following his appearance in the West End, Alistair was cast as ‘Jean Prouvaire’ in the of “Les Misérables". . He can currently be seen as ‘Billy’ in the West End production of “War Horse”. Tamzin Carroll was last seen in the West End as ‘Nancy’ in “Oliver!”. Her other London theatre credits include “The Magistrate” at the National Theatre, ‘Emma Goldman’ in “Ragtime” and ‘Titania’ in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, both for the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park. Hugh Maynard played the role of ‘John’ in the first and second national UK tours of “Miss Saigon”. His West End credits include “Sister Act” and the original cast of “The Lion King”. Rachelle Ann Go is a well-known TV star in the Philippines having won their “Search for a Star” contest and is a double-platinum recording artist.
Miss Saigon has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. Based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly.
This version of Miss Saigon includes a new song "Maybe" that Schönberg and Boublil wrote for the role of Ellen to sing in the second act.
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.)