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'Miss Saigon' extends run in Manila until May 2024

By Brooke Villanueva Published Nov 13, 2023 2:25 pm

Good news, theater fans!

Award-winning musical Miss Saigon is extending its run in Manila. It was initially scheduled to end on April 21, but its closing date has been moved to May 5.

According to Carlos Candal, the CEO of GMG Productions, additional show dates have been added following the "incredible demand" they saw during the pre-sale, which ran until Nov. 3. "The passion of the Manila audience is the driving force behind this, and we're thrilled to offer more people the chance to experience the classic production," he said in a press release.

Based on the 1904 opera Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, Miss Saigon follows the story of a Vietnamese woman named Kim who gets abandoned by her American lover in Saigon during the Vietnam War in the 1970s. It was created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil.

Miss Saigon premiered at the Theatre Royal in London on Sept. 20, 1989, and closed after running 4,092 shows until Oct. 30, 1999 in 32 countries.

Lea Salonga portrayed the role of Kim in the musical when it arrived in Manila in 2000.

The musical started an extensive run in different parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland in July this year. It started its production in Australia in October, and it's currently running in Melbourne and Adelaide. It will arrive in the Philippines in March 2024.

Tickets for its Manila run are now available to the public via TicketWorld.

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.

Directed by Laurence Connor, the musical has staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. Totie Driver and Matt Kinley are working on the production design based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux. Costume design is by Andreane Neofitou, while lighting design is by Bruno Poet. Other members of the production include Luke Halls for projections, Mick Potter for sound design, and William David Brohn for orchestrations. Alfonso Casado Trigo and Guy Simpson are the play's music supervisors.