It has been reported in The New York Times that the hit musical Miss Saigon will be returning to the West End in May 2014 after a 15 year absence. It is also expected to make a triumphant return to Broadway in 2014 as well.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh has already begun auditions for the revival, with an international audition having been held at the Philippine Opera Company’s headquarters in November of last year. There were over 1000 people who attended the auditions and there have been at least seven women shortlisted all with the chance of playing Kim (a role made famous by Disney and Broadway favorite Lea Salonga).
This production will be directed by Laurence Connor, who previously worked with Mackintosh on 25th anniversary performance of Les Miserables. It will have the same staging as the current touring production. The production will also feature a newly written song called “Maybe,” with audiences in London being the first to hear the song in English.
Mackintosh has said, “Of all my shows, Miss Saigon is probably the one I have the most requests to bring back. For some years I have been waiting for the perfect theatre to house the new production.” He went on to say that this new production will be more gritty and realistic and, “If anything the tragic love story of Miss Saigon has become even more relevant today. In the last 25 years our country has become involved in similar wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the way we weren’t in Vietnam, and the American dream has been buffeted by the reality of recent history.”
We will keep up to date with any developments as they occur and I can’t wait for the opportunity to finally see this groundbreaking musical.