Miss Saigon’s 25th anniversary celebration in London, which was filmed before a live audience and screened at 175 North American movie theatres September 22 and in the U.K. October 16, set a record for such special cinema events, selling £2.03 million ($2.48 million) worth of tickets, according to TheStage.com.
A DVD release is scheduled for October 24.
It broke the record held by Billy Elliot, which earned £1.9 million when it was broadcast live in 2014.
The cast of Miss Saigon was led by Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Hugh Maynard as John, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen, and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. There is also a special finale that sees the 25th anniversary performance cast joined onstage by original cast members including Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga, and Simon Bowman.
A Broadway revival is scheduled to open March 23, 2017, at the Broadway Theatre with the same leading actors, Briones as The Engineer, Noblezada as Kim, and Brammer as Chris.
Mackintosh told the Associated Press that he wasn't worried that the screening will cut into Broadway ticket sales. “It encourages business,” he said. “This is the greatest cinematic trailer for a theatrical production that’s ever been produced. I could be wrong, but I defy anybody who loves the show and isn’t bowled over by the film not to want to go.”
The Miss Saigon screening was handled by Fathom Events.