WATCH: Lea, Rachelle Ann, ‘Miss Saigon’ cast past and present in 25th anniv special

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WATCH: Lea, Rachelle Ann, ‘Miss Saigon’ cast past and present in 25th anniv special
Watch the original and current cast sing iconic songs together onstage
MANILA, Philippines – It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Last September 22, the audience at the Prince Edward Theatre in London got a special treat when the original cast members of Miss Saigon led by Lea Salonga, Jonathan Pryce, and Simon Bowman appeared on stage in celebration of the show’s 25th anniversary.
They sang alongside the current cast members of the show and had emotions swelling as they sang the familiar hits with the same energy from 25 years ago, proving that the material (and their considerable skills) got better over time. (READ: Miss Saigon then and now, Rachelle Ann Go on her West End experience)
The moment the show started, the audience cheered when a woman appeared on stage. When it was revealed to be Lea, the crowd completely lost it. 
Another defining moment was when Lea and singer Rachelle Ann Go, who plays Gigi in the current run, sang “The Movie in My Mind” together. 
GIGI AND KIM. Rachelle Ann Go and Lea Salonga on stage. Screengrab from YouTube
But the biggest cheers of the night was when Lea, together with Simon Bowman alongside the current Kim and Chris (Eva Noblezada and Alistair Brammer) sang “The Last Night of the World” all together onstage. 
PAST AND PRESENT. Lea Salonga, Simon Bowman along with the current Kim and Chris on stage. Screengrab from YouTube
Jonathan Pryce, who played the role of The Engineer, also had his special moment as he sang “The American Dream.” Sharing the stage with him was Jonjon Briones, who currently plays the role in London.
THE ENGINEERS. Jonathan Pryce shows he still can dance alongside Jonjon Briones. Screengrab from YouTube
Following his performance, Pryce expressed his gratitude on how Miss Saigon changed his life.
“Miss Saigon was my first musical after 20 years of wasting my life in Shakespeare and Chekhov and what a great, great musical to start with,” he said.
The show opened at the Prince Edward Theatre last May after more than a year of preparations. (READ: ‘Grittier’ Miss Saigon returns to London stage)  –



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