If you hear helicopters in Midtown come 2017, it is definitely more than likely one of the many “heliports” that can be found in Manhattan. However, come 2017 that sound might be a little louder as the return of a British mega-musical coming back to Broadway for the first time in over a decade flies into New York. It’s not the movie in your mind; one of the greatest musicals written for the stage is indeed returning to Broadway at last. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Miss Saigon will return to Broadway in spring 2017!
Cameron Mackintosh proudly announced today that another of his British mega-musicals, Miss Saigon, will fly back into Broadway during the spring 2017. According to Mackintosh, the production will run on Broadway for less than a year only running through January 15th, 2018 before embarking on a national tour across the United States. The tour will reportedly play major cities such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and additional 50 cities to be announced.
The new re-imagined Miss Saigon begin in London in May 2014 in honor of the production’s 25th anniversary at the Prince Edward Theatre (Pictured Left). However, the show simply did not return as is despite its enormous success during its premiere. The show’s original book was revised, a new song was added and the show took on an entirely new look. Mackintosh called it “less operatic and much grittier” in an interview. Laurence Connor, currently represented on Broadway by the re-imagined Les Miserables and the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical School of Rock, helmed the London return and will repeat his work for Broadway. American Librettist Michael Mahler will rework about 10% of the libretto before Miss Saigon‘s return to Broadway. The new mounting not only received positive notices from critics but has played to solid audiences throughout it’s London return. The show is set to close this February to make room for Disney’s Aladdin, which is set to mark its West End debut.
Mackintosh proudly announced that the production’s current stars, Eva Noblezada (Pictured Right) as Kim and Jon Briones as the Engineer, will repeat their work on Broadway. However, no additional casting or which specific Broadway theatre Miss Saigon will call home was announced at this time. The return of Miss Saigon to Broadway will mark the first production since the original closed in 2001. The show premiered at The Broadway Theatre in April 1991 and went on to run for 10 years. The original production was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won 3. It is the 13th longest running musical in Broadway history having played 4,092 performances.
In a statement to the press, Mackintosh (Pictured Below Left) spoke of Miss Saigon being more relevant than ever in the current world as multiple Middle East nations find themselves in conflict and the world continues to focus in on large global issues as such as the migrant crisis in Europe and the battle in Syria.
“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 Briones and Eva Noblezada, will be bringing their stunning performances across the Atlantic.”
I could not be more excited about the announcement of Miss Saigon returning to Broadway. But actually! Yes, we are excited about many things here at Luner on Theatre but Miss Saigon brings this excitement to a new level. Featuring one of the most epic scores written for the theatre with a knock story attached, Miss Saigon‘s return to Broadway is not only overdue but more fitting than ever before. As Mackintosh mentioned, the story about two innocent souls in the mix and mess of a war, couldn’t be more fitting for our world in the midst of what one could easily call the worst crisis’ since World War II. This musical holds a truly beautiful story at its heart and one that speaks to all as love seeks to prevail in the worst of all possible situations. The show’s new look and realistic approach will be great for Broadway audiences who have openly embraced many older musicals brought back with a re-envisioned look and approach. Mackintosh’s Les Miserables has been winning over audiences and openly embraced during its return after years away as I think Miss Saigon will receive the same treatment.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Miss Saigon flies back to Broadway in just over one year! While it’s hard to believe we are already looking that far ahead, that is an excellent sign! It not only shows how healthy Broadway is currently doing, but shows just how much potential is still coming up further down the line. Casting news, first looks at the production and everything you need to know will most definitely be found on our blog as soon as they are known to us. For more information, visit Miss Saigon’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!