Miss Saigon the musical coming to London’s West End
Miss Saigon, the Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg musical, has now been officially confirmed to be coming back to the West End. Producer Cameron Mackintosh says a new production of the show will open at the Prince Edward Theatre in London in May 2014, 25 years after the original show.
Miss Saigon was a huge hit both in London and on Broadway. The musical ran for over ten years at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane closing in 1999 after over 4,000 performances. Similarly it ran for nearly ten years on Broadway closing in 2000 after over 4,000 performances.
The show is probably best remembered for the spectacular helicopter scene. The musical was Schönberg and Boublil’s second major hit, following Les Misérables in 1985, which is still running at the Queen’s theatre and has becomes the world’s longest running musical. Miss Saigon still remains the eleventh longest-running Broadway musical in musical theatre history
Miss Saigon the musical is a Vietnam War love story based loosely on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. The show in London will be directed by Laurence Connor.
Cameron Mackintosh declared that he had been working for a decade on a “re-imagined” new production, which “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 Schonberg’s great score.”
Tickets for Miss Saigon go on sale in September.