Cameron Mackintosh Shares Update on MISS SAIGON & MY FAIR LADY Films - One is OFF!
For years (and especially after the success of the LES MISERABLES film), British mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh has been talking up the ideas of both remaking the MY FAIR LADY film, and in bringing MISS SAIGON to the big screen as well.
This morning, interviewed by the BBC's Graham Norton to celebrate tonight's highly-anticipated first preview for the revival of MISS SAIGON, Mackintosh gave updates on both subjects.
Sadly, MY FAIR LADY is not happening, with Mackintosh revealing that "it didn't happen due to various things with the rights and the studio." On the flip side, they're still talking about MISS SAIGON, with him noting that it "could be on the rise, but I've been working on getting the show up." Here at BWW, we've heard that multiple studio contigents will indeed be flying over to check out the new production.
Lastly, asked about the recent success of THE SOUND OF MUSIC on NBC, as well as the upcoming GREASE and PETER PAN, will we see one of his big shows take to the small screen? "It's tricky. I haven't seen THE SOUND OF MUSIC, but I heard it worked quite well. I've been asked about a number of my musicals, but it's tough. You're trying to conjure up the fluidity of the cinema for it, and that depends on the show and how static the production is."
Cameron Mackintosh's highly anticipated new production of Boublil and Schönberg's MISS SAIGON lands in the West End on 3 May 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre. Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon night club owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as 'The Engineer'. John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night. That night will change their lives forever. The most successful musical in the history of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, MISS SAIGON has also been performed in 28 countries, over 300 cities in 15 different languages, has won over 40 awards and been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.
MISS SAIGON has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jnr and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Alain Boublil. This new production will be directed by Laurence 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.
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