Broadway veterans Katie Rose Clarke (Allegiance) and Nicholas Christopher (Hamilton) are the latest additions to the new Broadway company of Miss Saigon, beginning performances March 1 at the Broadway Theatre. Boublil and Schönberg's legendary musical will open March 23 under the direction of Lawrence Connor.
Clarke, whose credits include Glinda in Wicked and Clara in The Light in the Piazza, will take on the role of Ellen. Christopher, who played George Washington in Hamilton this summer and was also seen in David Bowie and Enda Walsh's Lazarus, is set to play John. They join Eva Noblezada as Kim, Jon Jon Briones as the Engineer, Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi, and Devin Ilaw as Thuy. The leading role of Chris will be announced later this month.
Miss Saigon features a book and lyrics by Alain Boublil, book and music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr., and additional lyrics by Michael Mahler. Inspired by Puccini's Madame Butterfly, the musical tells the story of Kim, a young woman who falls for an American GI named Chris, as their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.
In the vein of Mackintosh's recent Tony-nominated revival of Les Misérables, this new production of Miss Saigon is described as grittier and more realistic than the original, featuring new scenic designs and a new song for the character Ellen. Bob Avian provides the musical staging, with Geoffrey Garratt providing additional choreography. Noblezada, Briones, and Go originated their roles in this production's London premiere in 2014.
Production design is by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux, costume design is by Andreane Neofitou, lighting design is by Bruno Poet, sound design is by Mick Potter, and orchestrations are by William David Brohn.
The Broadway run will be limited through January 15, 2018, before launching a national tour later that year in Providence, Rhode Island. It will also play engagements in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and more than 50 additional cities.
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