Cameron Mackintosh has revealed that Korean star Kwang-Ho Hong will play Thuy in his forthcoming new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s Miss Saigon. This now completes the casting for the show which makes its highly anticipated return to the West End on Saturday 3 May 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre, in the musical’s 25th anniversary year.
Kwang-Ho Hong’s concerts regularly sell out arenas in his native Korea. He has also become one of the top musical actors in Korea where his credits include the roles of The Phantom and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Dr Jekyll/Edward Hyde in Jekyll & Hyde and Man of La Mancha.
Kwang-Ho Hong joins the previously announced Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen, Hugh Maynard as John and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi.
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 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, having previously appeared in a special finale of the show for the show’s 20th birthday where he played the same role as part of the Schools’ Edition cast.
Tamsin Carroll was recently seen as Chairy Barnum in Barnum at Chichester Festival Theatre. She last appeared in the West End as Nancy in Oliver!, a role she also played in her native Australia. Hugh Maynard played the role of John in the first and second national UK tours of Miss Saigon. He was most recently seen in the tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. 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.
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 and Gerald Zarcilla.
The new production of Miss Saigon will be directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt, with production design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley, based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux.
To watch a special video about Kwang-Ho Hong, go to www.miss-saigonvideo.com/press