PHOTO CALL: Jennifer Paz, Jason Forbach, Francis Jue, Rodrick Covington, Devin Ilaw Star in North Shore Miss Saigon

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06 Nov 2013

The North Shore Music Theatre's production of the international hit musical Miss Saigon began previews at the Massachusetts venue Nov. 5 prior to an official opening Nov. 6 at 7:30 PM.



Directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford, the limited engagement continues through Nov. 17.



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Jennifer Paz and Jason Forbach
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“Producing Miss Saigon on any stage is an artistic and technical challenge, and re-thinking the show to work in our intimate in-the-round space has been a rewarding challenge for the staff at North Shore Music Theatre,” said NSMT owner and producer Bill Hanney in an earlier statement. “Audiences will be moved by this powerful love story and beautiful staging created by our director Richard Stafford. They will also be in awe of the work from our brilliant technical team who will land a helicopter on the stage nightly. It will be one evening in the theater that will stay with our audiences for a lifetime.”

The cast is headed by Jennifer Paz as Kim, Jason Forbach as Chris and Francis Jue as the Engineer with Rodrick Covington (John), Rona Figueroa (Gigi), Devin Ilaw (Thuy) and Haley Swindal (Ellen).

The company also includes Cameron Bartell, Mark Willis Borum, Nathaneil Braga, Lynn Craig, Andy Danh, Anthony Fedorov, Michael Linden, Corey Mosello, Kara Chu Nelson, Cheeyang Ng, Yuki Ozeki, Futaba Shioda, Jonathan Stahl, Hansel Tan, Tiffany Toh, Christopher Vo, John B. Williford and Isabella Shee (Tam).

Miss Saigon, according to the North Shore, sets Puccini's Madame Butterfly "within the turmoil of the Vietnam War where an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years is a moving testament to the human spirit as she fights to find a better life for the child he never knew he had." Winner of three Tony Awards, Miss Saigon features a score with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil.

The creative team also features Andrew Bryan (music director), Jack Mehler (scenic and lighting design), Paula Peasley-Ninestein (costume design), Michael Eisenberg (sound design), Gerard Kelly (hair and wig design), Shawn Pryby (production stage manager), Jonathan Stahl (associate director/choreographer), Phill Madore (assistant stage manager), Eric Johnston (assistant music director) and Binder Casting (casting).

Miss Saigon is produced for North Shore Music Theatre by Bill Hanney (owner/producer), Arianna Knapp (artistic director) and Beth Vasta (associate producer).

For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA.