Miss Saigon – double screen treat for fans

Miss Saigon stars Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada. Picture: Phillip Cowndley

Miss Saigon stars Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada. Picture: Phillip Cowndley

Fans unable to catch a performance of Cameron Mackintosh’s most recent production of Boublil and Schönberg’s haunting musical Miss Saigon before it ended its run at the Prince Edward Theatre in February will soon be able to own a copy of a filmed version.

Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance, which mixes footage from the last night at the Prince Edward with selections from the 2014 gala show, is destined for DVD release this autumn ahead of the production’s arrival on Broadway in the spring of 2017 (a North American tour is planned for January 2018).

According to The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye, the film – which will receive a one-off special public screening on 16 October – will not be the only screen appearance for the multi award-winning musical.
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle is reportedly working on a large-scale feature film version of the hit show. Currently filming the follow-up to his cult favourite Trainspotting, Boyle will reportedly reunite with his Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours screenwriter Simon Beaufoy on the project, although no contracts have been signed as yet.

The stars of the London production, Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada, will reprise their roles as The Engineer and Kim respectively on Broadway.

Since its London premiere in 1989 with Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman in the starring roles, 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 went on to play for nearly ten years and 4,063 performances, and was seen by more than 5.9 million people.

Miss Saigon has been performed in 28 countries, in more than 300 cities, and in 15 different languages. It has been seen by over 35 million people worldwide and has won more than 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.

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.

Angela Thomas


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