D.C. Signature takes ‘Saigon’

Regional to stage reimagined version of musical

WASHINGTON — Signature Theater in Arlington, Va. has landed the rights to the 1989 British megamusical “Miss Saigon” and will launch its 2013-14 season next summer with a reimagined version, per a.d. Eric Schaeffer.

Schaeffer intends to stage the revival with an inventive eye at Signature’s intimate MAX Theater. The production, with 15 musicians and an 18-member company, will be the first D.C. area mounting of “Saigon” in 15 years.

Four years ago, original “Saigon” producer Cameron Mackintosh granted Signature rights to stage an economical production of “Les Miserables,” the first approval of that show for a regional theater. (Like “Les Mis,” “Saigon” is penned by French creatives Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil.) The resulting production of “Les Mis,” sans turntable, was still a mammoth undertaking for the troupe with 28-member cast and 14-piece orchestra. It proved an attention-getting hit for the org.

Mackintosh said he is delighted that the “ever adventurous Signature Theater” will mount what sounds like “an exciting and original” production of “Miss Saigon.”

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