'Miss Saigon' to be Revived in London; Audition Opens to Pinoy Actors
Thirteen years after the curtains closed on the West End production of “Miss Saigon”, the heat is on again for producer Cameron Mackintosh, who has decided to revive the famous musical next year in London, where it all began in 1989.
And just like 23 years ago when he discovered Lea Salonga, Monique Wilson, Isay Alvarez, Leo Valdez, Robert Seña and other Filipino actors, Mackintosh will fly again to Manila in search of a fresh batch of “Miss Saigon” cast members for the London show.
Once again, Mackintosh’s partner in this quest is his Philippine representative Dong Alegre, who has announced that auditions will be held at the Philippine Opera Company’s brand-new headquarters, the Opera Haus (3657 Bautista St., Makati City), from November 19 to 27.
“’Miss Saigon’s’ executive producer, director, choreographer, and musical director will be flying in from London to hold auditions,” Alegre told broadwayworld.com.
Alegre noted that Mackintosh and his team will hold auditions for the lead role of Kim, originally played by Lea and Monique in London, as well as for ensemble cast members. He will announce other details of the auditions soon.
“Miss Saigon” is a sung-through musical by Claude Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr. Based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly, it is about the doomed romance between an American GI and a Vietnamese bar girl in 1970s Saigon at the height of the Vietnam War.
Although the London show closed in 1989, “Miss Saigon” has been a fixture on Broadway since 1991 where it is the eleventh-longest running musical in Broadway history.