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UPDATE: MISS SAIGON Officially Flying Back to Broadway in 2017; Eva Noblezada & Jon Jon Briones to Reprise Roles

UPDATE to previous story:

BroadwayWorld has confirmed that the West End revamped revival of Boublil and Schönberg's MISS SAIGON will officially land on Broadway, at an unnamed Shubert Theatre, in Spring 2017. The production will close on January 15, 2018, prior to launching a national tour, which will open Providence, R.I. Stops in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and more are currently scheduled.

London stars Eva Noblezada and Jon Jon Briones are also on board to reprise their roles as 'Kim' and 'The Engineer,' respectively.

Mackintosh said in an official statement today, "It's hard to believe that it has been nearly 25 years since MISS SAIGON first opened in New York, but if anything, the tragic love story of the show has become even more relevant today with the conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. This new production, directed by Laurence Connor, takes a grittier, more realistic approach than the original production while still delivering the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg's tremendous score. Of all my shows, MISS SAIGON is the one that I have received the most requests from the public to bring back, and I am thrilled that Broadway audiences will get to see this tremendous new production that audiences and critics in London have embraced since it opened last year. And I am delighted that our wonderful London stars, Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada, will be bringing their stunning performances across the Atlantic."

Flashback to the West End revival!

Changes to the production for the West End revival included a new song and slight book revisions, but Mackintosh isn't stopping there. In the interview, he also confirmed that lyricist Michael Mahler would board the revival to rework portions of the libretto.

Mackintosh has made his intention to revive the beloved musical in New York well known. When the West End production announced its final date for Feb. 27 2016, he said: "This record-breaking and award-winning production is already repeating its success in Japan and Korea and is planned to open in Germany, Australia and Broadway in the next two years. Our original stars Eva Noblezada and Jon Jon Briones continue to lead our wonderful international cast that has made this epic love story one of the greatest contemporary musicals of all time".

This new production of "MISS SAIGON" opened in May 2014 and has been a triumphant success with record-breaking advance bookings. In November 2014 "MISS SAIGON" won 11 awards in the Awards including Best Leading Actor; Best Featured Actor; Best Leading Actress; Best Featured Actress; Best Choreography; Best Costume Design and Best Direction in a New Production of a Musical. In February "MISS SAIGON" swept the board at the 2015 awards winning a record breaking nine awards, the most awards ever won by a single show in the 15 year history of the awards including: Best West End Show; Best Revival of a Musical; Best Leading Actress in a Musical and Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

"MISS SAIGON" 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 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 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 DavidBrohn. Musical Supervision is by Stephen Brooker and John Rigby. Musical Direction is by Alfonso Casado Trigo.

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