Question about the return of Miss Saigon

orlandopiano
Swing
joined:9/20/10
I will be in London in early June which coincides with the anticipated return of Miss Saigon to the West End. Does anyone know if this is the original version of the show, or is it the watered down one that came later? Thanks in advance to anyone who might know!
CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
It will not be the original staging if that's what you're asking. This production will have the new song "Maybe" in place of "Now That I've Seen Her." Laurence Connor is directing, and the scenery will be by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley. Laurence Connor directed the 25th Anniversary tour of Les Miserables and Matt Kinley designed it. The costumes, however, are still credited to Andreane Neofitou who designed the costumes for the original staging of Miss Saigon. Expect it to be similar to the scaled back versions of Les Miz and Phantom that Cameron has put out in the last few years claiming they're somehow better than the originals when he really means cheaper.
That's right! Underscore mother-fu@#ers!
Princeton Returns
Broadway Legend
joined:12/2/10
Its expected to be similar to the UK touring version from a few years back

If you want to see it you should look into tickets now as it is almost sold out until September
orlandopiano
Swing
joined:9/20/10
Thanks for the info. What kinds of cost cutting measures do you expect this version to have compared to the original? Smaller cast size? No helicopter? Smaller orchestra? Part of me feels like this could be a pretty impressive production because it's at the Prince Edward and the ticket prices start at $70 and go up to $240 which makes it one of the most expensive tickets in the West End. Well I hope that's an indication anyway.

Interesting about the new song, I didn't know that. Thanks!


Updated On: 1/31/14 at 07:32 PM
Phantom of London
Broadway Legend
joined:3/26/08
There is no need the pay 240, you are just paying scalpers, I wouldn't pay more than 70 for a ticket. Use the official Delfont Mackintosh website.
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lambchop2
Chorus Member
joined:8/18/12
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/01/23/14/miss-saigon-debut-rewrites-manila-concert

Apprently there are some lyric changes/rewrites to the show, which they premiered in Manila in concert on the 29th-30th. Anyone attend or know what the lyric changes are?
KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
I don't think they would ever use a real helicopter again...I don't think money is the main issue. No one associated with Ms. Saigon wound up really liking the real helicopter and it was thought to be a gimmick and more of a distraction than an enhancement of the emotion of the scene. There are many ways to insinuate helicopter with screens and graphics that are highly effective IMO.
Wildcard
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
There seem to be minor changes to I Still Believe. I've heard Please is getting new lyrics too.
I still believe
SporkGoddess
Broadway Legend
joined:7/27/05
"In the silence of my secret tears"? Not a big fan of the lyric change.
Jimmy, what are you doing here in the middle of the night? It's almost 9 PM!
Wildcard
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
And now it's a BWW "headline." And they can't even identify the singers correctly. That's not Rachelle Ann Go.
:: rolls eyes ::
eatlasagna
Broadway Legend
joined:10/6/04
i kinda dig the changes in I STILL BELIEVE...