Eric Schaeffer to Helm MISS SAIGON at Signature Theatre in August 2013
Signature Theatre embarks on a journey of adventure and romance next summer with an all-new production of the Tony Award®-winning musical Miss Saigon, directed by Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer. Staged in the intimate MAX Theatre, the show provides an exciting opportunity for Signature to deepen its longtime dedication to the re-imagining of classic musicals in intimate settings. The show will run August 15 through September 22.
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Created by the acclaimed writers of Les Misérables (produced by Signature in 2008), this modern, rock-infused adaptation of Puccini’s 1904 opera Madame Butterfly explores the ongoing impact of love, loss and the collision of cultures during the Vietnam War. Originally produced in London’s West End in 1989, the show played for an astonishing ten years – a run of over four thousand performances. Broadway success followed in 1991.
Now, Signature brings the electrifying score to life with a 15-piece orchestra and 18-actor company, performing hit songs including “The Heat Is On,” “I Still Believe,” “Why God Why?” and “The American Dream.”
Director Eric Schaeffer is taking a fresh perspective on Signature’s MAX Theatre, re-thinking the entire space for a show that will encompass both the traditional stage as well as the audience seating area.
Legendary producer Cameron Mackintosh, who oversaw the original productions of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, expressed his enthusiasm. “I am delighted that the ever-adventurous Signature Theatre, after their highly successful stylistic approach to Les Misérables, are now going to turn up the heat on what sounds like a very exciting and original environmental Miss Saigon – a first!” Mackintosh said. “As this musical is reaching its 25th anniversary, and once again being staged all over the world, I have no doubt that Eric will create another thrilling theatrical production for Washington audiences.”