The heat is still on in Saigon as the Boubil/Schonberg musical celebrates its seven anniversary on April 11 at the Broadway Theater.
In its seven year run, Miss Saigon has become the ninth longest running musical in Broadway history -- and will reach a total of 2,923 performances on the April 11 anniversary date.
It was only Feb. 2, 1998 when Miss Saigon moved up another notch, past the original Hello, Dolly!, to achive the ninth longest run. Dolly ran 2,844 performances at the St. James Theatre.
Cats, recently hit the top spot, racking up 6,138 performances, June 19, 1997. Following in the list are A Chorus Line, Oh! Calcutta!, Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, 42nd Street, Grease (the original production), Fiddler On The Roof, 1991's Miss Saigon and Hello, Dolly!.
The Broadway musical, by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, has grossed some $242 million domestically and has been seen by more than 13 million people internationally. Currently in the cast are Luoyong Wang, Deedee Lynn Magno, Matt Bogart, Leonard Joseph, Anastasia Barzee, Juan P. Pineda and Chloe Stewart. The Miss Saigon website is at http://www.miss-saigon.com.
The logo, and a shot from the famous helicopter scene are on the front page. You can also get to sites for "Tickets & Tours," "Press" (including photos and news items, such as Saigon's sixth anniversary last March), "Quiz," a "Forum" for posting comments, a "Gift Shop," and "Origins" of the show.
Questions on the quiz include, "How much does the Ho Chi Minh Statue weigh?
(Ans. 600 pounds).
T3 Media, which has also done websites for Les Miz and The Tony Awards On Line, designed the site, which also includes video clips and music. Also on the screen are cast lists and synopses in English, German and Dutch (the three languages in which Miss Saigon is currently performed globally).
For tickets & information on Miss Saigon at the Broadway Theatre, call (212) 239-6200.
For links to other shows' sites please check the Theatre Central button on the home page of Playbill On-Line.