PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Meet Me in St. Paul!" On the Road With Charlie Brady and Miss Saigon
By Matthew Blank
Charlie Brady stars as Chris in Kansas City's Starlight Theatre's new mini-tour of the award-winning musical Miss Saigon. He earlier documented ths show's rehearsal process and premiere at the outdoor venue. Now, Brady invites readers to join the cast as they sing, dance, play, eat and drink their way from city to city.
Following stops at the Bushnell Theatre in Hartford (Sept. 17-22) and the Fisher Theatre in Detroit (Sept. 24-Oct. 6) the production will wrap up at St. Paul's Ordway Theatre (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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