Miss Saigon Tickets
Based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil. The musical tells the tale of a tragic, doomed romance that involved an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The story is set in 1970s’ Saigon, during the Vietnam War. The story of Madame Butterfly unfolds with a marriage between an American lieutenant and a geisha – this is replaced by the romance between a Vietnamese bargirl and an American GI. This timeless classic first premiered as a musical at the Theatre Royal in London in 1989. Since then, it has seen several revivals. The fame of Miss Saigon has not faded since and Miss Saigon tickets still sell out faster than ever.
About Miss Saigon
The inspiration behind the musical was reported to be a photograph which showed a Vietnamese mother parting with her child at the departure gate of the Tan Son Nhut Air Base, to send her off to the US, where her father could take much better care of her. This “ultimate sacrifice” is what triggered Schonberg to create Miss Saigon.
Synopsis of Miss Saigon
The two-act musical starts off at a Saigon bar, called “Dreamland” in April of 1975, shortly before the Vietnam War came to an end. Seventeen-year old Kim, who is there on her first day of work, was hauled in by the French-Vietnamese hustler who has ownership of the joint. The girls get ready for the night’s show backstage and make fun of Kim, the new girl, for her lack of experience. The US Marines, who are soon going to depart from Vietnam once and for all, intend to party with the Vietnamese girls before they go. Chris Scott, who doesn’t appreciate this club scene much, is encouraged by his friend, John Thomas to get a girl and have some fun for the night.
The club holds a competition in which all the girls take part for the title of “Miss Saigon” and the winner of this is raffled to a Marine. At this point, Kim’s candidness strikes Scott. Even though Gigi Van Tranh wins the competition, Chris Scott shows no interest in her. His friend John eventually buys a room for him and the virgin Kim. Kim is shy at first, but still pulls herself together for a dance with Chris. When Chris tries to pay her to leave the club, the manager comes under the impression that he did not like Kim, but Chris proves him wrong by opting to be led to her room.
After falling in love, the two get parted as Chris is sent back to America and Kim remains in Vietnam. In the story that follows, Kim depicts her undying devotion to Chris, while Chris is shown married to another woman in America.
The story takes some unexpected turns and ends up in a highly tragic manner. It truly tugs at the emotional chords of the audience by taking them on a journey that involves, love, betrayal, loyalty and a lot of bravery. Thanks to this outstanding storyline, Miss Saigon tickets sell out faster than one can imagine.
Productions of Miss Saigon
Miss Saigon first premiered on West End at the Theatre Royal in 1989 and closed after an impressive 4,246 performances in 1999. The musical on Broadway opened on Broadway Theater in 1991 and closed after ten years on 2001 with 4,092 performances. According to latest data (April 2017), Miss Saigon is the 13th longest-running Broadway musical in the history of musical theatre.
The West End revival of the musical happened in 2014, the show’s 25th year, at the Prince Edward Theatre. Directed by Laurence Connor and produced by Cameron Mackintosh, this revival cast Eva Noblezada in the lead role as Kim. This production closed in February 2016 after a total of 760 performances.
The Broadway revival was announced in November 2015 for March 2017 through January 2018. This production stars Eva Noblezada as Kim, Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. Additional cast members that were not a part of the West End revival, include Katie Rose Clark in the role of Ellen and Devin Ilaw as Thuy. The revival is playing at the Broadway Theater, the same venue where the musical made its Broadway debut. The official opening of the performances was 23rd March, 2017 and they are still ongoing. Miss Saigon tickets are now available through various online and other channels and they are expected to sell out fast, given the popularity of the musical.