The filmed version of Cameron Mackintosh’s most recent production of Boublil and Schönberg’s haunting musical Miss Saigon will be screened at cinemas across the UK on 16 October.
Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance, which mixes footage from the last night at the Prince Edward Theatre in February with selections from the 2014 gala show, will debut in cinemas ahead of its DVD release.
Confirming the cinema screenings, Mackintosh, who also produces the film, said: “The results were so astonishingly cinematic that it was decided that in order to create a unique cinematic/theatrical experience we would film some additional covering shots filmed in January 2016. As this was a filmed live performance, the orchestra and vocals were taken directly from the show’s sound system – one take and no overdubs!
“It was decided not to digitally remove the stage microphones to remind viewers this was a stage event rather than a film. Remarkably, the emotional performances of this wonderful cast in close-up seems entirely natural as if they were being shot for the cinema rather than being performed in a 1,700-seat theatre. The clarity of the sound and the sweeping music makes this passionate story even more intensely thrilling and moving on the screen.”
Featuring the stars of the London production, Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada (due to reprise their roles of The Engineer and Kim respectively on Broadway in the spring), the cast also includes Alistair Brammer, Hugh Maynard, Tamsin Carroll and Rachelle Ann Go.
Cinemagoers will also get to see the 25th anniversary performance cast joined on stage by original cast members Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman.
Miss Saigon has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jnr and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Boublil with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler.
This production is directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. Production design is by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley, based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux, with costume design by Andreane Neofitou; lighting design by Bruno Poet; sound design by Mick Potter; orchestrations by William David Brohn; musical supervision by Stephen Brooker and John Rigby; and musical direction by Adam Rowe.
Since its London premiere in 1989, Miss Saigon has become one of the most successful musicals in history. The first Broadway production opened on 11 April 1991 with what was then the largest advance sale in Broadway history ($37 million). The show played for nearly ten years, 4,063 performances and was seen by more than 5.9 million people.
Miss Saigon has been performed in 28 countries, in over 300 cities, and in 15 different languages. It has been seen by more than 35 million people worldwide and has won over 40 awards including two Olivier Awards, three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards.
The most recent production opened in London on 21 May 2014 to record-breaking advance bookings. In September 2014 the show celebrated the milestone 25th anniversary of its premiere at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
There are plans to take the production to Japan next year and to Germany, Australia and Asia, and on tour around the UK, Europe and the Middle East over the next few years.