Cameron Mackintosh has announced final casting for the UK touring production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon which is due to hit the road this summer.
Ryan O’Gorman will play John, and Marsha Songcome will play Gigi until 1 August when Na-Young Jeon will take over the role.
They join the previously announced award-winning Red Concepcion (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as The Engineer and Sooha Kim as Kim (the actress made her professional debut in the show at the Prince Edward Theatre where she covered the role before going on to play the part in the Japanese production).
Another former Prince Edward Theatre production cast member Ashley Gilmour (Hairspray) will play Chris, while Zoë Doano (Sweeney Todd, Death Takes a Holiday) plays Ellen, and Filipino pop star Gerald Santos has won the role of Thuy.
At certain performances The Engineer will be played by Christian Rey Marbella, and Kim will be played by Joreen Bautista.
They are joined by David Allwood, Randy Chien, Vinny Coyle, Kristine Mae Diaz, Michael James Eborall, Aynrand Ferrer, Seng Henk Goh, Emily Beth Harrington, Jack Heasman, Tom Hier, Barnaby Hughes, Kamm Kunaree, David Kar-Hing Lee, Amanda Lingdren, Ela Lisondra, Winchester Lopez, Christian Rey Marbella, Jay Marsh, Tom Mussell, Thao Nguyen, Saori Oda, YoungJoo Park, Kiel Payton, Katherine Picar, Alistair So, Carl Jae-Suk Sohlberg, Eloisa Amalia Tan, Gavin Tsang, Amadeus Williams and Gerald Zarcilla.
Launching at the Leicester Curve from 1-22 July, the tour has added venues including the Manchester Place Theatre (21 March- 12 May 2018); Bristol Hippodrome (16 May-23 June); Theatre Royal Plymouth (4 July-4 August); and Norwich Theatre Royal (15 August-15 September).
Previously confirmed dates include Birmingham Hippodrome (26 July-23 September); Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (4 October-18 November); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (29 November-6 January 2018); Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre (17 January-17 February); and Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (21 February-17 March). Further venues and dates will be announced soon.
The multi award and record-breaking Miss Saigon has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jnr and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Alain Boublil with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler.
In March, this production of Miss Saigon opened on Broadway and it has just been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
The new staging 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 is by Andreane Neofitou; lighting design by Bruno Poet; projections by Luke Halls, sound design by Mick Potter; orchestrations by William David Brohn.
Since its London premiere in 1989, Miss Saigon has become one of the most successful musicals in history. The first Broadway production opened on April 11 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.
Miss Saigon has been performed in 28 countries, in over 300 cities, and in 15 different languages. It has been seen by over 35 million people worldwide and it has won more than 40 awards including two Olivier Awards, three Tony Awards, and four Drama Desk Awards.