Winner of a record-breaking nine Whatsonstage Awards, including Best Show, Birmingham Hippodrome is set to play host to Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon. The show lands in Birmingham for 9 weeks, from 26th July to 23rd September as part of a major new UK Tour.
Ryan O’Gorman will play ‘John’, and Marsha Songcome will play ‘Gigi’ (until 1 August when Na-Young Jeon will take over the role). They join the previously announced Red Concepcion as ‘The Engineer’, Sooha Kim as ‘Kim’, Ashley Gilmour as ‘Chris’, Zoë Doano as ‘Ellen’ and Gerald Santos as ‘Thuy’.
In March, this production of Miss Saigon opened on Broadway where it plays to nightly ovations and has just been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The New Yorker recently called it a “Dynamite Broadway revival”. When the smash-hit run of this production opened in London in May 2014 to record-breaking advance sales and critical acclaim.
The show swept the board at the 2015 Whatsonstage.com awards winning a record breaking nine trophies, including Best West End Show and Best Revival of a Musical - the most ever won by a single show in the 15-year history of the awards.
The show tells the story of the last days of the Vietnam War, where 17 year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 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.
Since its London premiere in 1989, Miss Saigon has become one of the most successful musicals in history. The original Broadway production opened in April 1991 with what was the largest advance sale in Broadway history - $37 million. The show went on to play for nearly ten years and 4,063 performances seen by more than 5.9 million people.
Miss Saigon has been performed in 28 countries, over 300 cities in 15 different languages, has won over 40 major awards, including 2 Olivier's, 3 Tony's, and 4 Drama Desk Awards and been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.