It comes as no surprise to anyone that FINALLY it’s been announced that Miss Saigon will make a long awaited return to the West End to The Prince Edward theatre in May 2014 – almost 25 years since the original production opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Following the announcement last week that Jersey Boys would be moving home to the Piccadilly Theatre, it left speculation as to which show would take up the space at The Prince Edward theatre… rumours had it, that it would be between Miss Saigon and the recently announced production of the New York import of Newsies and now we finally have the answer.
Cameron Mackintosh said:
“I find it hard to believe that it is already 25 years since I first premiered Miss Saigon in London, where it became the greatest success ever in the long history of the Drury Lane Theatre and went on to be a phenomenal success around the world.
Ten years ago I decided to reconceive the show in a completely re-imagined physical production that could play a far greater number of theatres than the original but still retains Bob Avian’s legendary musical staging and the same scale of cast. As well as touring the UK with enormous success the new production directed by Laurence Connor has been seen in numerous countries around the world where it has been embraced by audiences and critics alike with as much enthusiasm as the original.
If anything the tragic love story of Miss Saigon has become even more relevant today. In the last 25 years our country has become involved in similar wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the way we weren’t in Vietnam and the American Dream has been buffeted by the reality of recent history. The new production has taken a more gritty and realistic approach to the design than the operatic original but still delivers the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg’s great score.
Of all my shows Miss Saigon is probably the one I have the most requests to bring back. For some years I have been waiting for the perfect theatre to house the new production. These requests are not only from a public who remembers seeing it originally but from a generation of new audiences who were too young (or not even born!) to get to see it. Now that the very successful Jersey Boys has decided to move to a more intimate theatre I now have the perfect theatre – The Prince Edward.”
Set in 1975 during the American Occupation of Saigon, Boubil and Schönberg’s musical is loosely based on the opera Madame Butterfly, it tells the story of Kim, a young girl forced into a life of prostitution, and the struggles and woes of trying to achieve the “American Dream”.
The new revival will see the newly written song ‘Maybe’ (which has been tried out in the recent Japanese and Dutch productions) get its official English premiere. The production has won several awards including two Olivier Awards, three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk awards and has been seen by over 40 million people worldwide.
The production will be directed by Laurence Connor following on from his recent re-imaginations of other Cam Mac shows including Les Misèrables, Phantom of the Opera and Oliver. Musical Staging by Bob Avian and additional Choreography by Geoffrey Garratt, Production Design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley from an original concept by Adrian Vaux, Costume Design by Andreane Neofitou, Orchestrations by William David Brohn, Lighting Design by Bruno Poet and Sound Design by Mick Potter.
Priority Booking opens 2 September 2013, with public on-sale on 9 September 2013.