Miss Saigon is the brainchild of acclaimed director and composer Claude-Michel Schonberg and he got the main idea from the famous opera of Giacomo Puccini calledMadame Butterfly
. The lyrics have been written by Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr. Miss Saigon proved to be the second superb effort by Boublil and Schonberg after Les Miserables. The play was opened for theater audience at West End in 1989 in London city at the Theater Royal located on Drury Lane. At this venue, Miss Saigon kept on running till 1999 and closed after an amazing 4264 performances. Its Broadway Debut was in 1991 and continued there for 4092 performances. Currently, the musical is ranked at #10 in Broadway Theater history on its list of longest-running Broadway musical.
This two-act play tells a moving story about the delicate and lovely romance between a Vietnamese bar girl and an American GI. The story is set in the city of Saigon in Vietnam and it has a 70’s backdrop. The cast consists of Kim (a seventeen year girl who plays the main role and is forced to work as a bar girl), Christopher Scott (he is an American sergeant who will soon be going back to the US from Vietnam), The Engineer (he is the bar owner who hires Kim at his bar), John Thomas (Scott’s friend), Ellen (Scott’s wife back in the US), Gigi Van Tranh (a mean stripper lady who lives in the city of Saigon).
Some of the famous musical numbers that play during the musical are "The Heat is On in Saigon", "The Dance", "The Morning of the Dragon", "If You Want to Die in Bed", "Let Me See His Western Nose", "What a Waste", "Kim’s Nightmare", "Sun and Moon". "Fall of Saigon", "Paper Dragons" and "The American Dreams". The original London cast included Lea Salonga as Kim, Simon Bowman as Chris, Jonathan Pryce as The Engineer, Peter Polycarpou as John, Claire Moore as Ellen and Isay Alvarez as Gigi. The Broadway cast was slightly different but the roles of Kim and Engineer were played again by Salonga and Pryce.
Popularity of Miss Saigon is phenomenal as it has been staged around the globe in cities like Stuttgart Germany, Manila Philippines, Budapest Hungary, Brazil, Norway and New Zealand. It has won awards in different categories namely Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Outstanding Orchestrations, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress and last but not the least Best Musical. A film of Miss Saigon is already in the making, the movie is being filmed in Vietnam.
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