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Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon is a 'modern' adaptation of Puccini's "Madame Butterfly." The setting is often said to be the Vietnam War, but in actuality the events center more on post-war Vietnam. The story takes place during 1975 and 1978, and as such the war is only referred to as a past event. The show was inspired by a photograph inadvertently found by Schönberg in a magazine of a Vietnamese mother leaving her child at a departure gate at Tan Son Nhat Airport to board a plane for the United States of America where her father, an ex-GI, would be ...

Miss Saigon is a West End musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It premiered at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London on September 20, 1989, closing after 4,264 performances on October 30, 1999. On April 11, 1991, it opened at the Broadway Theatre in New York City, and closed on January 28, 2001 after 4,092 performances.[1] The musical represented Schönberg and Boublil's second major success, following Les Misérables in 1980. As of February 2009, Miss Saigon is still the 10th longest-running Broadway musical in musical theatre history.


The Original Miss Saigon | 2004 - 2006 UK Tour
The original Miss Saigon
The London production opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 20 September 1989 and played there continuously until 30 October 1999, a total of 4,263 performances.
Miss Saigon has won 30 major theatre awards including three Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards and one Theatre World Award.
The original Miss Saigon is one of the most spectacular and technically complex productions ever staged. 266 people worked on the London production at each performance and of those only 47 appeared in front of the audience.
Many of the artists appearing in Miss Saigon have come from the Philippines. In London a special school was set up to help train young performers in the singing and dancing skills required.
27 companies have opened Miss Saigon in 25 countries and 246 cities.
Miss Saigon has been translated into 12 different languages.
The original Miss Saigon played 21,000 performances worldwide giving a total audience figure of over 33 million people.
There have been 11 cast recordings of Miss Saigon. The original London recording was awarded a gold disc for selling 150,000 copies within three days of its release and has subsequently gone platinum. The Miss Saigon German cast recording was made a 'goldene cd' in July 1998 when it sold 250,000 copies.

Original London Cast

* Jonathan Pryce - The Engineer
* Lea Salonga - Kim
* Simon Bowman - Chris
* Peter Polycarpou - John
* Claire Moore - Ellen
* Keith Burns - Thuy
* Isay Alvarez - Gigi
* Monique Wilson - Bar Girl/Kim alternate
* Allen Evangelista, Wasseem Hamdan, David Platt - Tam (alternating)
* Ruthie Henshall, Pinky Amador - Bar Girl

Original Broadway Cast

* Jonathan Pryce - The Engineer
* Lea Salonga - Kim
* Willy Falk - Chris
* Hinton Battle - John
* Liz Callaway - Ellen
* Marina Chapa - Gigi
* Barry K. Bernal - Thuy
* Kam Cheng - Kim alternate
* Brian R. Baldomero, Philip Lyle Kong - Tam (alternating)

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Highlights from Miss Saigon
  • 1.Overture
  • 2.The heat is on in saigon
  • 3.Why god why
  • 4.Sun and Moon
  • 5.The last night of the world
  • 6.The morning of the dragon
  • 7.I still believe
  • 8.This is the hour
  • 9.If you want to die in bed
  • 10.I'd give my life for you
  • 11.Bui doi
  • 12.The fall of saigon
  • 13.Her or me
  • 14.The american dream

Miss Saigon2

  • 1.If you want to die in bed
  • 2.Let me see his western
  • 3.I'd give my life for you
  • 4.Bui doi
  • 5.The revelation
  • 6.What a waste
  • 7.Please
  • 8.The fall of saigon
  • 9.Room 317
  • 10.Now that i've seen her
  • 11.The confrontation
  • 12.The american dream
  • 13.The sacred bird
  • 14.Finale

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