Cameron Mackintosh's brand new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon continues to delight audiences at the Prince Edward Theatre as the revival enters its second year in London's West End. One of the world's most popular musicals, the show has been enjoyed by audiences around the globe and this new production was recently nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.
Based on Puccini's opera 'Madame Butterfly', the musical is written by the authors of Les Miserables,Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, and places the action amidst the heartbreak of the Vietnam war. As GI Chris falls in love with bar girl Kim, the pair are separated following the fall of Saigon, leading to an epic story of rediscovery as Kim fights to find Chris and travel to America with their child, Tam.
This landmark musical ran for a record breaking ten years at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and transferred to Broadway where it won multiple Tony Awards. This fresh and original production directed by Lawrence Connor features revised lyrics, an breathtaking set and of course, the now infamous helicopter sequence. As one of the West End's most popular musicals – this is one show that will live with you forever.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Vietnam war, the show begins in a sleazy bar where The Engineer introduces American G.I's to his bar girls, which includes new recruit Kim, as they compete for the title of 'Miss Saigon'. John, a G.I, buys a night with Kim for his friend Chris, and the pair fall in love instantly.
After spending the night together Kim and the bar girls perform a traditional wedding ceremony, and Chris promises to take Kim back to the USA – despite her being betrothed to Thuy, a commander in the Vietcong. As the fall of Saigon occurs, they become separated amid the chaos, and Kim is forced to flee with The Engineer.
Some years pass and Chris has married an American woman with no idea that Kim has given birth to their child, Tam. John, who now works for a foundation connection American GI's with their children in Vietnam, hears from Kim and together they all travel back to try and find her, leaving Chris to face his past, present and future.
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