Confirmed: ‘Miss Saigon’ in 2014

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Sir Cameron Mackintosh confirms the re-staging of the worldwide theater hit

THE HEAT IS ON! Producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh has yet to view the tapes of the Manila auditions; no final casting choices have been announced. Image from the Miss Saigon: The 2012 Auditions Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – Theater hit Miss Saigon will definitely make a comeback in 2014 with producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh at the helm, according to a story posted in BroadwayWorld.com by Oliver Oliveros.

Oliveros cited Mackintosh’s interview with The Philippine Star entertainment editor and columnist Ricky Lo at the Tokyo premiere of the film Les Miserables for which Mackintosh is also a producer.

Mackintosh told Lo that he will restage Miss Saigon as soon as he finds the theater. When asked about the Manila auditions 3 weeks ago, the producer went back to when he first staged the musical, saying he hopes auditions will be faster this time around.

“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,” Mackintosh told Lo.

“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.”

Mackintosh told Lo that he has not viewed the tapes of the Philippine auditions, only because he is currently busy with promoting Les Miz. He said that he will do so as soon as he returns to London.

And what about a Miss Saigon movie?, Lo asked.

“It’s possible. But we have to wait and see how successful Les Miz will be as a film,” Mackintosh replied.

ORIGINAL KIM. A teenage Lea Salonga as Kim (right) with Jonathan Pryce as the Engineer at the world premiere of 'Miss Saigon' in London almost 25 years ago. Image from the Miss Saigon: The 2012 Auditions Facebook page

According to BroadwayWorld.com, Miss Saigon will celebrate its 25th year in 2014.

Some of the talents who made the shortlist at the November 18-22 auditions at the Philippine Opera Company are:

  • Rachell Ann Go (The Little Mermaid)
  • Frencheska Farr (Emir)
  • Aicelle Santos (Party Pilipinas)
  • Tanya Manalang (The King and I) 
  • Apple Chiu (The King and I)
  • Bran Vargas, Khaya Maseko, Albert Job Bautista (Rent)
  • Topper Fabregas (Sweet Charity)
  • Noel Rayos (Walang Sugat)
  • Eden Ang (Spring Awakening)
  • Red Concepcion (Equus)
  • Richardson Yadao
  • Lorenz Martinez (The King and I)
  • Carlon Matobato (William)
  • Victor Sy

In an interview with music supervisor Stephen Brooker (who was among the audition panelists), BroadwayWorld.com Philippines reports that the production is looking for 3 Kims.

“We’re looking for the main actor, also the first understudy, and the second understudy,” said Brooker. “The same applies to all the lead characters. We’ll see.” – Rappler.com 

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