PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "The American Dream!" Making Miss Saigon With Starlight Theatre's "Chris," Charlie Brady
By Matthew Blank
Charlie Brady stars as Chris in a new mini-tour of the award-winning musical Miss Saigon, which kicked off this week at Kansas City's Starlight Theatre. He shares exclusive pics of from the rehearsal process, from early blocking to final dress. Next stop: Hartford!
"The Heat is on in Miss Saigon 2013," says Brady, who has been seen on Broadway in South Pacific. "Charlie Brady here. We are all really pumped about sharing our experience and I have been snapping away photos of our process. I hope you enjoy them. Stay tuned for more pics documenting our touring adventures!"
The production will next travel to the Bushnell Theatre in Hartford (Sept. 17-22), the Fisher Theatre in Detroit (Sept. 24-Oct. 6) and the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul (Oct. 8-13).
Fred Hanson directs with musical direction by Kevin Stites and choreography by Baayork Lee.
The cast comprises Charlie Brady (Chris), Katie Boren, Meggie Cansler (Ellen), Andy Danh, Robyn DeGuzman, Rona Figueroa (Gigi), Nkrumah Gatling (John), Dan Gleason, Chris Ignacio, Eric Anthony Johnson, Austin Ku, Jonny Hsu Lee (Thuy), Glen Llanes, Garen McRoberts, Orville Mendoza (The Engineer), Shoba Narayanan, Manna Nichols (Kim), Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Alfie Parker Jr., David Raimo, Peter Romagna, Michiko Sasaki, Christopher Shin, Richard M. Steele, Viet Vo, Allen Lucky Weaver, Tyrick Wiltez Jones, Jessica Wu (Mimi), Anna-Lee Wright (Yvette), Minami Yusui (Yvonne), Arianna Yi, Sam Simahk, Yuki Ozeki and Daphne Valenta.
The production also features lighting design by Kirk Bookman, sound design by Braxton Cornelius, costume design by Mary Traylor and wig design by Joanne Weaver. Susan Kikuchi is the associate choreographer. Production stage manager is Robert V. Thurber.
Miss Saigon, according to press notes, is a "love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman during the American occupation of Saigon during the Vietnam War." The Tony Award-winning musical was created by Claude Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil.
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