Gannon O'Brien Takes Over as 'Chris' in Signature Theatre's MISS SAIGON
BroadwayWorld has confirmed that Gannon O'Brien has officially taken over for Jason Michael Evans as 'Chris' in Signature Theatre's MISS SAIGON. O'Brien, an understudy for the part, has been performing the role since tech week because of Evans' "vocal issues."
The production stars Signature newcomers Diana Huey as the Vietnamese bar girl Kim and Thom Sesma as the mysterious club owner who calls himself the Engineer. They are joined by many of Signature's most well-known actors, including Erin Driscoll (Spin, Company) as Ellen, Chris Sizemore (Chess, Sweeney Todd) as John, and Christopher Mueller (Spin, Brother Russia) as Tuey.
Cheryl Daro plays Gigi. Stephen Gregory Smith, James Gardiner, Vincent Kempski, Nicholas Yenson, Kevin Kulp, Ryan Sellers, Katie Mariko Murray, Tamara Young, and Eunice Bae round out the cast.
Miss Saigon features an award-winning creative team that includes Karma Camp (choreographer), Adam Koch (scenic designer),Frank Labowitz (costume designer), Chris Lee (lighting designer), Matt Rowe (sound designer), and Anne Nesmith (wig designer).Gabriel Mangiante is the Music Director, and Kerry Epstein is Production Stage Manager.
Created by the acclaimed writers of Les Miserables (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.
A 15-piece orchestra backs Miss Saigon's 18-member cast, bringing to life an electrifying score featuring hit songs including "The Heat Is On," "I Still Believe," "Why God Why?" and "The American Dream."