The acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon– a recent hit in the West End – will embark on a major UK tour, opening at Curve Leicester on 3 July 2017.
Cameron Mackintosh said: “It’s hard to believe that it has been over 25 years since Miss Saigon first opened, but if anything, the tragic love story of the show has become even more relevant today. This new production, directed by Laurence Connor, takes a grittier, more realistic approach than the original production while still delivering the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg’s tremendous score.
“Of all my shows, Miss Saigon is the one that I have received the most requests from the public to bring back. I am thrilled that audiences around the UK will get to see this tremendous new production that audiences and critics in London have embraced since it opened in 2014; which I am now taking to Broadway with its original West End stars opening next March at the Broadway Theatre.
“Audiences who can’t wait, will get a preview of the scale of this wonderful production at forthcoming screenings of the Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Performance which was filmed live in London, in selected screens across the UK on 16 October.”
Miss Saigon has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Alain Boublil, with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler. The new 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; costume design by Andreane Neofitou; lighting design by Bruno Poet; sound design by Mick Potter; and orchestrations by William David Brohn.
Since its London premiere in 1989, Mackintosh’s production of Miss Saigon has become one of the most successful musicals in history. The original Broadway production opened on 11 April 1991 with what was the largest advance sale in Broadway history ($37 million). The show went on to play for nearly ten years and 4,063 performances, seen by more than 5.9 million people. The musical has been performed in 28 countries, over 300 cities in 15 different languages, has won more than 40 awards including two Olivier Awards, three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards, and been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.
The Miss Saigon touring production runs from 3-22 July at Curve Leicester before playing Birmingham Hippodrome (26 July-23 September 2017); Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (4 October-18 November 2017); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (29 November 2017-6 January 2018); Festival Theatre Edinburgh (17 January-17 February 2018) and Mayflower Southampton (21 February-17 March 2018).
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