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Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg. Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jnr and Alain Boublil. Directed by Nicholas Hytner
The classic musical love story of our time. Set against the terror and chaos of the last days of Vietnam in 1975, Miss Saigon tells of the love between a young Vietnamese girl and an American soldier. Written by Boublil and Schonberg, its spectacular staging and powerful score have made Miss Saigon a worldwide triumph.
"Musicals came and go. This one will stay" The Sunday Times
"As the house stood to acclaim this stunning piece of total theatre even the most experienced audience members were hard put to recall any show being given so rapurous a reception" The London Evening Standard
"A triumph & shattering experience... moves one to tears and also fills the heart to burst" The Daily Mail.
DRURY LANE THEATRE ROYAL Opened 20 September 1989, Closed 30 October 1999
On 26 January 1999: Following spectulation that the arrival of Disney's The Lion King in the West End 'will will cause a clear-out in the West End' there have been strenuous denials that the three musicals mentioned in reports will close in the next year or so: Cameron Mackintosh for Miss Saigon has said that it "is definitely not closing" - the musical celebrates it's tenth anniversary on 20 September this year, although celebrations are expected to be low-key (in contrast to Les Miserables 10 Year Celebration Concert).
On 24 June 1999: With rumours about Miss Saigon closing circulating in the West End for the last few months, The Stage newspaper has today reported that "Cameron Mackintosh is set to close Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, either at the end of this year or in spring 2000." When asked to confirm or deny this, a spokesperson for the musical said: "There are currently no plans to close Miss Saigon."
On 30 June 1999: Miss Saigon posted early closing notices for 30 October 1999 today - The production had been booking up to the end of January 2000.
Miss Saigon opened on 20 September 1989 and went on to become the longest running show ever at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Monday 19 December 1994 when it surpassed the record held by My Fair Lady of 2,281 performances. When the show closes on 30 October it will have played 4,264 performances in London.
Worldwide Miss Saigon has been seen by over 25 million people in 12 countries and aswell as the London production, it is also currently playing in New York, Struttgart, Scheveningen and on tour in the United States. (There are rumours that the New York production of Miss Saigon will be closing in January but this has been offically denied). In London alone, Miss Saigon has made over £21 million profit, making it, after Cats and Les Miserables, the third most profitable musical in the history of British theatre. The London production has grossed more than £150 million and, worldwide, the show has grossed more than £700 million.
Currently Miss Saigon stars Leo Valdez as 'The Engineer', Joanna Ampil as 'Kim', David Shannon as 'Chris', Richard Lloyd King as 'John', Grania Renihan as 'Ellen' and Jojo de la Cerna as 'Thuy'. Cezarah Campos plays the role of 'Kim' and Jody Crosier the role of 'Chris' as certain performances.
On 21 September 1999: Theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed plans to film the musical Miss Saigon for television broadcast and video release.
Mackintosh is also reported by The Independent newspaper as saying: "I think it will make a very good video. We have also been approached about doing a pay-per-view for the 10th anniversary in America."
It is thought likely that footage of the special 'Celebratory Finale' to last night's 10th Anniversary performance at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane - which included performances by Lea Salonga, Simon Bowman, Keith Burns, Claire Moore and Jonathan Pryce - would also be included in any video release.
Mackintosh also revealed that the announcement of the 30 October closure of the West End production of Miss Saigon had boosted the box office receipts: "It is too late to have second thoughts about taking it off because I have agreed that with the theatre. But the show is taking a fortune at the moment. I always felt it should do around 10 years; but I must say even I am thrilled with the amount of money it is taking. Earlier this year it was hovering around £180,000 a week. Now it is well into the £200,000s a week."