PHOTO CALL: A New Saigon: A First Look at the 25th Anniversary Revamp of Miss Saigon

By Matthew Blank
20 May 2014

Miss Saigon, which premiered at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1989 — where it ran for a record-breaking run of over ten years — returns to the West End's Prince Edward Theatre for its 25th anniversary in a new production, opening May 21 following previews that began May 3.



Young American actress Eva Noblezada, who is making her professional debut, stars as Kim, the role originated by Tony winner Lea Salonga. The recent high school graduate was discovered during the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy Awards) in New York City last June.



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Eva Noblezada and Kwang Ho Hong
Photo by Matthew Murphy



Jon Jon Briones, who was in the ensemble of the original cast of Miss Saigon when it first opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and has since played the Engineer in his native Philippines, London and on tour in the U.K., U.S. and Germany, reprises the role of the Engineer.

Alistair Brammer, who previously made his professional debut as Marius in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre, plays Chris. He most recently played Billy in War Horse at the New London Road, and has also appeared in Taboo at the Brixton Club House. He also played Jean Prouvaire in the film version of "Les Misérables."

Tamsin Carroll, who recently played Chairy Barnum in Barnum at Chichester Festival's Theatre in the Park and was last seen in the West End as Nancy in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, plays Ellen. Her other U.K. theatre credits include The Magistrate at the National Theatre, and Ragtime and A Midsummer Night's Dream (both at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park).

Hugh Maynard reprises the role of John that he previously played in the the first and second national U.K. tours of Miss Saigon. He was most recently seen in the tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. His West End credits include Sister Act and the original cast of The Lion King.

Rachelle Ann Go, who plays Gigi, is a well-known TV star in the Philippines, having won their "Search for a Star" contest, and is a double-platinum recording artist.

The ensemble includes Julia Abueva, Natalie Chua, Jon-Scott Clark, Rob Compton, Callum Francis, Ashley Gilmour, Maria Graciano, Simon Hardwick, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Matthew Jeans, Kurt Kansley, Kittiphun Kittipakapom, David Lee, Mitch Leow, Ela Lisondra, Tanya Manalang, Christian Rey Marbella, Kanako Nakano, Thao Therese Nguyen, Saori Oda, Ariel Reonal, Jon Reynolds,  Romeo Salazar, Jordan Shaw, Marsha Songcome, Eloisa Amalia Tan, Christian Tanamal, Thao Vilayvong, Amadeus Williams and Gerald Zarcilla.

Miss Saigon, which is produced by Cameron Mackintosh, has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Boublil. Additional lyrics are by Michael Mahler.

The production is directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt, production design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley from an original concept by Adrian Vaux, costume design by Andreane Neofitou, orchestrations by William David Brohn, lighting design by Bruno Poet and sound design by Mick Potter. The musical supervisors are Stephen Brooker and John Rigby, with musical direction by Alfonso Casado Trigo.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5155, or visit www.miss-saigon.com for more details.