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.