The Helicopter Lands as Miss Saigon Opens on Broadway Tonight
The musical returns to its original home with a cast led by Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada.
The Broadway revival of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Miss Saigon opens tonight at its original home, the Broadway Theatre, under the direction of Laurence Connor. Presented by Cameron Mackintosh, the Broadway mounting comes after an acclaimed run at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End.
As previously announced, Jon Jon Briones, Eva Noblezada, Alistair Brammer, and Rachelle Ann Go, who originated the roles of the Engineer, Kim, Chris, and Gigi in the West End revival, reprise their roles in New York. Devin Ilaw plays Thuy, with Katie Rosie Clarke as Ellen, and Nicholas Christopher as John. In addition, Lianah Sta. Ana will play the role of Kim at certain performances.
The ensemble is made up of Carol Angeli, Emily Bautista, Mike Baerga, Billy Bustamante, Viveca Chow, Julian DeGuzman, Colby Dezelick, Taurean Everett, Paige Faure, Graham Scott Fleming, Casey Garvin, Nkrumah Gatling, Dan Horn, Ericka Hunter, Adam Kaokept, Lina Lee, Paul HeeSang Miller, Robert Pendilla, Catherine Ricafort, Casey Lee Ross, Jason Sermonia, Julius Sermonia, Antoine L. Smith, Sam Strasfeld, Tiffany Toh, Kimberly-Ann Truong, Kei Tsuruharatani, Christopher Vo, Travis Ward-Osborne, Charlie Williams, Anna-Lee Wright, Warren Yang, and Minami Yusui.
Miss Saigon features music by Schönberg, lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr. (with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler), and a book by Schönberg and Boublil. Inspired by Puccini's Madama Butterfly, the musical tells the story of Kim, a young woman who falls for an American GI named Chris as their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.
In the vein of Mackintosh's Tony Award-nominated revival of Les Misérables, this new production of Miss Saigon is described as grittier and more realistic than the original, featuring new scenic designs and a new song for the character Ellen. Bob Avian provides the musical staging, with Geoffrey Garratt providing additional choreography.
The production design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley is based on an original concept from Adrian Vaux. Costume design is by Andreane Neofitou, lighting design is by Bruno Poet, sound design is by Mick Potter, and the orchestrations are by William David Brohn.
The Broadway run will be limited through January 15, 2018, before launching a national tour later that year in Providence, Rhode Island. The show will also play engagements in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and more than 50 additional cities.