With the festivities and fights marking Les Miserables' 10th Broadway anniversary now out of the way, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg are gearing up for another anniversary: on April 11, Miss Saigon turns six on Broadway.
The longest-running show ever to open at the 73-year-old Broadway Theatre on Broadway at West 53rd Street, Saigon recently surpassed the original Annie to become the 13th longest-running show in Broadway history. (Fiddler on the Roof which ran longer than Saigon transferred to the Broadway from the Imperial Theatre.) Miss Saigon played its 2478th performance March 23. More than four million people have seen it, and it's toured 25 cities across the U.S. The show has reached its eighth year in London, and has played Australia, Japan, Hungary, Germany, Canada and Sweden.
Starring in the current Broadway production are Joan Almedilla as Kim (Elizabeth Paw is her matinee alternate), Luoyong Wang as the Engineer, Matt Bogart as Chris, and Anastasia Barzee as Ellen. Also in the show are Welly Yang and Milton Craig Nealy.
The show first opened with Jonathan Pryce as the crafty, resilient Engineer -- engendering complaints from the Eurasian community because the role didn't go to a performer of color (and that a white actor impersonating a Eurasian smacked of racism). Their protests led to more multi-cultural castings of Saigon and other shows in the years to come. Pryce did win the 1991 Best Actor Tony, while original cast members Lea Salonga and Hinton Battle also took home medallions.
For tickets and information on Miss Saigon call (212) 239-6200. You can also order tickets on Playbill On-Line.