Tony Nomination Spotlight – Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon

Two 2017 Tony Award Nominations:

Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Eva Noblezada).

A Tragic Tale of Lovers in Wartime:

Direct from its smash London run, Miss Saigon is the award-winning musical love story set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon.

From the producers:

Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub, owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as “The Engineer.” John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night—a night that will change their lives forever.

Entertaining Audiences for 25 years:

The 1980s and early 1990s were dominated by an almost complete domination of Broadway by the British, largely with lavishly produced, oftentimes almost near-anonymously cast spectacles that were often appropriate for audiences of every age,  and featured soaring, then-contemporary-inflected scores more often than not based on well-known, classic properties – the mega musical. Miss Saigon premiered in the West End at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1989 and closed after 4,264 performances. In December 1994 the London production became the Theatre Royal’s (Drury Lane) longest running musical, eclipsing the record set by My Fair Lady. The musical debuted on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre in 1991 and closed in 2001 after 4,092 performances. Since its opening in London, Miss Saigon was produced in many cities around the world including Stuttgart and Toronto, where new theatres were designed specifically to house the show. Though the show has received awards and acclaim, it lost the Best Musical Award at the 1989/1990 Laurence Olivier Awards. Upon its Broadway opening in 1991 the musical was massively hyped as the best musical of the year, both critically and commercially. It broke several Broadway records, including a record advance-ticket sales at $24 million. Miss Saigon and The Will Rogers Follies led the 1991 Tony Award nominations with eleven nominations each. The show lost to The Will Rogers Follies for nearly every major award, though actors Lea Salonga, Jonathan Pryce and Hinton Battle all won awards. As of April 2017, Miss Saigon is still the 13th longest-running Broadway musical in musical theatre history.

Reviews:

New York Daily News: “Bracing…[the] plus-sized themes and the sung-through show is filled with big anthems…[they] still shine bright.”

Newsday: “Robust and passionate…The story feels more urgent amid renewed refugee tragedies and our consciousness of the sex trade.”

Variety: “[A] classy revitalization… The upscale revival should bring a tear to old-timers with romantic memories of the original schmaltzy score, while titillating newbies who were toddlers in the early ’90s.”

Hollywood Reporter: “This is brawny, crowd-pleasing entertainment.”

Life at Miss Saigon with Jon Jon Briones:

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