Miss Saigon at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre
The recent smash hit West End production of Miss Saigon comes to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this month, running from Wednesday 4 October to Saturday 18 November. Since its London premiere in 1989, Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s epic musical Miss Saigon has become one of the most successful musicals in history and was previously staged at the Point Depot in Dublin in 2002.
The original Broadway production of Miss Saigon opened on April 11, 1991 with what was the largest advance sale in Broadway history ($37 million). The show went on to play for nearly ten years and 4,063 performances seen by more than 5.9 million people. Miss Saigon has been performed in 28 countries, over 300 cities in 15 different languages, has won over 40 awards including 2 Olivier Awards, 3 Tony Awards, and 4 Drama Desk Awards and been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.
Cameron Mackintosh said, “It’s hard to believe that it has been over 25 years since Miss Saigon first opened, but if anything, the tragic love story of the show has become even more relevant today. This new production, directed by Laurence Connor, takes a grittier, more realistic approach than the original production while still delivering the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg’s tremendous score. Of all my shows, Miss Saigon is the one that I have received the most requests from the public to bring back.”
The new London production of Miss Saigon opened in May 2014 to record-breaking advance sales and critical acclaim. Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph wrote, “This thrilling new production spills out beyond the theatre and speaks directly to the times we live in”. The show swept the board at the 2015 Whatsonstage.com awards winning a record breaking nine awards, the most awards ever won by a single show in the 15-year history of the awards including Best West End Show and Best Revival of a Musical.
Miss Saigon tells the story of young bar girl named Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with Chris, an American GI – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.
Miss Saigon features music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Alain Boublil, with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler. The new production is directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. Production design is by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux; costume design by Andreane Neofitou; lighting design by Bruno Poet; sound design by Mick Potter; and orchestrations by William David Brohn.
Now this incredible show comes to Dublin and it’s one that fans of musical theatre really can’t afford to miss. The show’s run also includes an ISL (Irish Sign Language) interpreted performance of Miss Saigon which will take place on Tuesday 7 November at 7.30pm. An ISL interpreter will stand on the stage and give a sign interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage.
So make sure you book your tickets early for what is guaranteed to be an epic evening’s entertainment as Miss Saigon lands in Dublin at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.