He said: “I find it hard to believe that it is already 25 years since I first premiered Miss Saigon in London at Drury Lane Theatre before it went on to phenomenal success around the world.
“Ten years ago I decided to reconceive the show in a completely re-imagined physical production that could play a far greater number of theatres than the original, but still retain Bob Avian’s legendary musical staging and the same scale of cast. As well as touring the UK with enormous success, the new production directed by Laurence Connor has been seen in numerous countries around the world where it has been embraced by audiences and critics alike with as much enthusiasm as the original.
“Of all my shows Miss Saigon is probably the one I have the most requests to bring back. For some years I have been waiting for the perfect theatre to house the new production. These requests are not only from a public who remembers seeing it originally but from a generation of new audiences who were too young (or not even born!) to get to see it. Now that the very successful Jersey Boys has decided to move to a more intimate theatre I now have the perfect theatre – the Prince Edward.”
Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is a love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon night club owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as ‘The Engineer’. John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night. The night changes their lives forever.
Schonberg and Boublil recently wrote a new song called ‘Maybe’ for the role of Ellen to sing in Act II which has been included in the recent Dutch and Japanese productions but London audiences will be the first to hear the song in English.
Miss Saigon has music by Claude-Michel Schonberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jnr and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Alain Boublil. This new production will be directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt, production design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley from an original concept by Adrian Vaux, costume design by Andreane Neofitou, orchestrations by William David Brohn, lighting design by Bruno Poet and sound design by Mick Potter.
Priority Booking opens 2nd September 2013, with public on-sale on 9th September 2013.