Miss Saigon to return to West End in May 2014
Producer Cameron Mackintosh has announced that the musical Miss Saigon, will return to the West End in May 2014, at the Prince Edward Theatre. (Public booking for tickets is expected to open on 9 Sep 2013.)
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. Based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly.
This version of Miss Saigon will include a new song "Maybe" that Schönberg and Boublil wrote for the role of Ellen to sing in the second act.
Cameron Mackintosh said: “I find it hard to believe that it is already 25 years since I first premiered Miss Saigon in London, where it became the greatest success ever in the long history of the Drury Lane Theatre and went on to be a phenomenal success around the world. Ten years ago I decided to reconceive the show in a completely re-imagined physical production that could play a far greater number of theatres than the original but still retains Bob Avian’s legendary musical staging and the same scale of cast. As well as touring the UK with enormous success the new production directed by Laurence Connor has been seen in numerous countries around the world where it has been embraced by audiences and critics alike with as much enthusiasm as the original."
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.)