Miss Saigon will land on Broadway in Spring 2017

Cameron Mackintosh has announced that the West End production of Miss Saigon will transfer to Broadway and begin performances at a yet-to-be-named Shubert Theatre in Spring 2017.

Mackintosh commented:

“It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly 25 years since Miss Saigon first opened in New York, but if anything, the tragic love story of the show has become even more relevant today with the conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. 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, and I am thrilled that Broadway audiences will get to see this tremendous new production that audiences and critics in London have embraced since it opened last year. And I am delighted that our wonderful London stars, Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada, will be bringing their stunning performances across the Atlantic. Because of the complexity of creating as big a production as Miss Saigon, we have decided to put together one Company to play North America, launching with a limited season on Broadway. And I am thrilled that every major theater across the country is eager to host the show, which has not been seen on this grand scale, and with such an unusually large multi-cultural cast, since the original production closed 15 years ago."

Miss Saigon features music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler.

Synopsis: "Miss Saigon tells the story of young bar girl named Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with Chris, an American GI - but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon."

Already confirmed for the cast are its London stars Jon Jon Briones (The Engineer) and Eva Noblezada (Kim), with further casting to be announced at a later date.

This revival production is directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. It features scenic design 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.

First preview and opening night dates are yet to be confirmed, however the production will end its limited engagement on 15 January 2018, before heading out on a National US Tour later in 2018.

- by Tom Millward