Boublil and Schonberg Write New Song for MISS SAIGON - 'Leave Him?'
The Asia Pacific Tour of DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? revealed today on its Facebook page that Boublil and Schönberg have penned a new tune for Miss Saigon called "Leave Him?" DO YOU HEAR will debut the song during its season at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in November 2013, and one wonders if the tune would be used in the upcoming revival in the West End.
Cameron Mackintosh's new production of MISS SAIGON, directed by Laurence Connor, will open at the Prince Edward Theatre in London on May 3, 2014.
Public auditions for the London revival of "Miss Saigon" were scheduled in New York (for the roles of Kim and The Engineer) in September and early this month; in London (for East and Southeast Asian actors) last July; and in Manila (for the roles of Kim and Asian ensemble) last November.
MISS SAIGON which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year, features music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, adapted from the original French lyrics by Boublil.
This new production of MISS SAIGON is directed by Connor with 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.
Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), MISS SAIGON tells the epic love story between Chris, an American G.I., and Kim, a young Vietnamese bargirl, which is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's "Madame Butterfly."
Since its London premiere in 1989, "Miss Saigon," which originally starred Tony and Olivier Award winner Lea Salonga as Kim, has become one of the most successful musicals in history, and enjoyed a phenomenal 10-year run at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The mega-musical has been performed in 28 countries and in more than 300 cities in 15 different languages. It has won more than 40 awards, including two Olivier Awards, three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards; it has been seen by more than 35 million people worldwide.
For more information, visit miss-saigon.com.