Principal casting is now complete for the Paper Mill: State Theater of New Jersey's upcoming production of Miss Saigon.
Broadway veteran Kevin Gray will star as The Engineer, a role the actor played on tour in the Claude-Michel Schönberg/Alain Boublil musical. Dina Morishita will play Kim, the part originated in London and on Broadway by Lea Salonga, and Aaron Ramey — currently in the chorus of Thoroughly Modern Millie — will play Chris. Thuy will be portrayed by Steven Eng. A spokesman for the theatre confirmed the casting.
Paper Mill's associate director, Mark S. Hoebee, will helm Saigon, having previously directed productions of The King and I, Victor/Victoria, The Will Rogers Follies and Dreamgirls for the New Jersey theatre. Tom Helm will serve as the musical director, and Darren Lee, another Millie member, will choreograph.
Miss Saigon debuted on Broadway on March 23, 1991, and ran through Jan. 28, 2001. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and directed by Nicholas Hytner, the pop opera won Tony Awards for three of its original stars, Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Hinton Battle.
Actor-singer Kevin Gray has starred on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, The King and I and Jesus Christ Superstar. Also a star of several national tours, he is the recipient of Dora, Drama-Logue, Carbonelle and NIMT awards. Rehearsals begin mid-August for Miss Saigon's Sept. 4 through Oct. 20 run, and tickets — available at the theatre's box office, (973) 376-4343 — go on sale July 8. Paper Mill: State Theatre of New Jersey is located on Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ. For more information, go to www.papermill.org