Curtain raises for stage musical Miss Saigon

Curtain raises for stage musical Miss Saigon
Brendan Rees

The acclaimed musical Miss Saigon, a tragic love story set during the Vietnam War, has landed at Her Majesty’s Theatre for a seven-week season.

The award-winning production will play from October 29 to December 16 after a successful season at Sydney Opera House.

It will be the first time in 16 years that the musical will be performed on stage in Melbourne, with its powerful performances and breathtaking visuals set to captivate audiences once again.

Directed by Laurence Connor, the musical tells the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim, who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer.

There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.

Speaking ahead of the Melbourne season, principal cast member Abigail Adriano said audiences were in for a spectacular theatrical experience.

“I think Melbourne audiences are going to love Miss Saigon, not just because it’s one of the biggest shows in musical theatre history, but it’s also a deeply moving story of survival and love,” she said.

 

The response in Sydney has been incredible, I can’t wait to continue to share the character of Kim and her story and to go to work every day at the beautiful Her Majesty’s Theatre.

 

Showcasing an immense talent and music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, the production has won 70 major theatre awards, including three Tonys and two Oliviers, with performances in 15 different languages in more than 32 countries and 350 cities.

It features a full 24-piece orchestra and a sensational local cast of 42, “representing all corners of the Asia-Pacific and including some of the next big stars of the Australian stage”. •

Tickets for Miss Saigon are currently on sale at miss-saigon.com.au

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