Plans Afoot to Mount New West End Production of Miss Saigon
By Mark Shenton
Plans are afoot to mount a brand-new West End production of Miss Saigon, the last of the Cameron Mackintosh produced megamusicals of the 80s that premiered at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1989 and subsequently on Broadway in 1991.
The musical went on to become the longest-running musical in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane's venerable history — eclipsing the previous record set by My Fair Lady — before closing a decade later after 4,264 performances. The Broadway run was nearly as long: It ran for 4,092 performances between 1991 and 2001.
Nick Allott, managing director for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.'s London headquarters, confirmed to Playbill.com that Mackintosh would "very much like to restage the show when the right theatre becomes available and the creative team have space in their schedule."
According to a feature by Ricky Lo for the Philippine Star, preliminary auditions have already been held in Manila, and Mackintosh told him in an interview, "I’m going to restage Miss Saigon in London as soon as I find the theater. In fact, yes, you’re right…we have started preliminary auditions. When we did the show in London 25 years ago, we spent over a year looking for the cast. I hope that in the next 18 months it would be back in London. The new version has just opened here in Japan and it’s a phenomenal success. It’s going to be a different production but still the same great Miss Saigon."
Asked also if a film version might be on the cards, Mackintosh replied, "It's possible. But we have to wait and see how successful Les Miz will be as a film."
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