Miss Saigon, the Tony Award winning musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Shonberg, began previews on March 1, 2017 and is set to open officially on March 23 for a Broadway run through January 2018 and a tour to follow. The story of a young Vietnamese woman falling for an American GI just before the fall of Saigon and the resulting tragedy originally opened on Broadway in 1991 and ran for 4,111 shows, breaking box office records and earning rave reviews from fans and critics. The play was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, winning three-Best Performances for Lead Actor, Actress, and Featured Actor in a Musical.
Stars of this upcoming revival include performers from the 2014 London revival. Eva Noblezada will return in the lead female role of Kim, as well as Jon Jon Briones as the engineer. Alistair Brammer and Rachelle An Go will also reprise the roles of Chris and Gigi, respectively. This production is directed by Laurence Connor. The musical staging and choreography are done by Bob Avian and Geoffrey Garratt.
The original production, while widely popular, was not without controversy. Initially, the casting of Eurasian actors to play Asian male roles was disputed, and denouncers have accused the play of perpetuating negative stereotypes, especially of Asian women, and railed against what they claim to be racist and misogynist themes.
For those wishing to catch this revival, tickets can be found online at saigonbroadway.com and at telecharge.com, or can be ordered by phone by calling (212) 239-6200 or (800) 447-7400.
Known as one of the most beloved musicals in Broadway history, Miss Saigon was a phenomenon when it first premiered in London in the late 1980s. It was in 1991 that the play came over to Manhattan, and American audiences were dazzled by the touching love story between an American solider and Vietnamese woman. The iconic logo for the show was seen everywhere in New York during that time, from billboards to t-shirts. Created by the same team who conceived of Les Miserables, the show seemed destined to become a hit from the get-go. Making a star out of its lead Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon will always hold a special place in the hearts of theatergoers.
Perhaps this is why the announcement of a Miss Saigon revival has a lot of people very excited. With the complete cast now in place now, full rehearsals will be able to start immediately. Eva Noblezada will take the lead as Kim, while Jon Jon Briones will play the engineer and the role of Chris will be played by Alistair Brammer. Broadway audiences will undoubtedly be thrilled to see this incredibly talented cast take the stage, and they’ll be able to do so starting on March 23 at the Broadway Theatre. With a run that will last into January of next year, Miss Saigon will then go on the road so that audiences all around the country can enjoy it. A new generation will be exposed to this incredible, Tony Award-winning musical.