After months of speculation, producer Cameron Mackintosh has announced that the classic rock opera Miss Saigon will return to Broadway in the spring of 2017. It will play a Shubert-owned venue that is still to be announced.
The Broadway mounting comes after an acclaimed run on London's West End, where it continues, at the Prince Edward Theatre, through February 27, 2016. Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada, who originated the roles of The Engineer and Kim in that production, will continue to play their roles in New York.
In the vein of Mackintosh's current Tony-nominated revival of Les Misérables, this new production of Miss Saigon, helmed by School of Rock's Laurence Connor, 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.
Miss Saigon is currently the 13th-longest-running show in Broadway history. It features a book and lyrics by Alain Boublil, book and music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr., and additional lyrics by Michael Mahler. Inspired by Puccini's Madame 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.
The Broadway run will be limited through January 15, 2018 before launching a national tour later that year in Providence. It will also play engagements in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and more than 50 additional cities.