Miss Saigon Begins Performances at TUTS Feb. 9

News   Miss Saigon Begins Performances at TUTS Feb. 9
Miss Saigon, featuring Broadway cast members Eric Kunze, Melinda Chua and Joseph Anthony Foronda, begins performances Feb. 9 at the Theatre Under the Stars in Houston.
Miss Saigon Melinda Chua and Eric Kunze
Miss Saigon Melinda Chua and Eric Kunze Photo by Bruce Bennett

Bruce Lumpkin directs the Vietnam-set musical that runs through Feb. 21. Miss Saigon first played TUTS in 2001, also under Lumpkin's direction. Michelle Gaudette choreographs with musical direction by Thom Culcasi. Kunze stars as American G.I. Chris opposite Chua as Kim and Foronda as the Engineer; each appeared in the Broadway production of the musical. Miss Saigon also features Philip Michael Baskerville as John, Jessica Rush as Ellen and Steven Eng as Thuy.

Ensemble members include Eunice Bae, Caesar F. Barajas, Edward Chen, Tiffany Chen, Rob Flebbe, Nkrumah Gatling, Richard M. Keck, Lindsay Gee, Trey Gillen, Cameron Worthen, Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, Jee Teo, Joey Abramowicz, Matthew Steffens, Angelica-Lee Aspiras, Billy Bustamante, Joven Calloway, Nina Crupiti, Caleb Bamschroder, Joshua Denning, Janelle Dote, Nam Holtz, Jonathan G. Itchon, Jan Javier, Kelvin Moon Loh, J.P. Moraga, Mike A. Motroni, Michael O'Brien, Enrico Rodriguez, Marcus Shane, Mark Shunock and Jessica Wu.

Les Miserables songwriters Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil collaborated with Richard Maltby, Jr. on the 1989 musical Miss Saigon, which took inspiration from the Puccini opera Madama Butterfly. Set during the fall of Vietnam, the musical centers on an American G.I. and a young Vietnamese prostitute who fall in love against the backdrop of the war. When Saigon falls and the Americans pull out, the young woman is left behind.

Miss Saigon premiered on Broadway in 1991, earning Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score and earning Tony Awards for Best Actor (Jonathan Pryce), Best Actress (Lea Salonga) and Best Featured Actor (Hinton Battle).

For tickets phone (888) 558-3882 or visit TUTS.

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