Producer Cameron Mackintosh has revealed that his next project will be the revival and ‘retelling’ of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s MISS SAIGON. The musical first premiered in the West End on 20th September 1989 at Theatre Royal, and after a whooping 4000 performances, it closed in 1999, remaining as a cult favourite touring around the world.
The version that will return to the West End in May 2014 will be based on the newest production, Mackintosh has said. It will also include the feature of a new song called Maybe, sung by the character Ellen. It will be the first time that English audiences will hear the song.
Mackintosh spoke about his latest project, and said that MISS SAIGON has always been a fan favourite:
“These requests are not only from a public who remembers seeing it originally but from a generation of new audiences who were too young (or not even born) to get to see it. Now that the very successful JERSEY BOYS has decided to move to a more intimate theatre, I have the perfect theatre – the Prince Edward.”
MISS SAIGON, based on the opera MADAME BUTTERFLY, tells the story of a marriage between an American GI and a Vietnamese bar girl. It originally starred Lea Salonga, Jonathan Pryce and Simon Bowman.
Source: The Stage