West End's MISS SAIGON to Open in Toronto Prior to Arrival on Broadway in 2015?
London's West End has been abuzz for weeks about the highly anticipated return of Miss Saigon, featuring a new 25th anniversary production, directed by Laurence Connor, who's helped bring us new productions of other Cameron Mackintosh shows including The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. Now according to the New York Times, the production will make its way to Broaday in 2015 if "reviews are strong in Britain and a suitable theater becomes available in New York."
Mackintosh would reportedly like to take the show to Toronto for a pre-Broadway run next spring. He commented: "Of course I would like to bring the show to both cities if it proves to be the success it's shaping up to be - indeed the Princess of Wales in Toronto was built specially to house the original production of 'Saigon.' However with our incredibly busy international openings of several different titles over the next two years, and the very limited number of theaters that could house a production as big as 'Saigon' on Broadway, lining up a theater and production slot is going to be very difficult particularly as many of 'Saigon's' creative team are working on my other shows as well."
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Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's epic musical has played in 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning awards around the world since the sensational record-breaking run at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago. This epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris--but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.
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 with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler. This new production has musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt, production design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley, based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux, costume design byAndreane Neofitou, lighting design by Bruno Poet, sound design by Mick Potter, and orchestrations by William David Brohn. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker andJohn Rigby. Musical direction is by Alfonso Casado Trigo.