London revival set to bow in May at the Prince Edward Theater
Originally helmed by Nicholas Hytner in its 1989 London bow, the new staging of “Saigon” will be directed by Laurence Connor, the co-director of the revival of “Les Miserables” that will open on Broadway in the spring. Connor also directs the new staging of “The Phantom of the Opera” that will hit the road in the U.S. this fall.
No plans for a Broadway return for “Saigon” have been set, but no one in Gotham would be surprised if a U.S. counterpart of the revival materialized should the London outing prove successful.
Mackintosh produced the original “Miss Saigon,” which opened on Broadway in 1991 and ran there for close to a decade, as well as the multiple iterations of “Phantom” and “Les Miz.” The latter arrives on the Rialto after that property’s pop-culture profile got a major shot in the arm from last year’s movie adaptation.
“Miss Saigon,” which will include one new song in the West End revival, comes from the “Les Miz” songwriting duo of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, with Richard Maltby Jr. co-penning the English lyrics adapted from the original French. The tuner’s original musical staging by Bob Avian will be retained, with additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt.
Storyline follows a young Vietnamese girl who falls in love with an American G.I. during the Vietnam War. No casting for the Brit revival has yet been set.
Current occupant of the Prince Edward, “Jersey Boys,” will move to the smaller Picadilly in March. Exact opening date for “Saigon” remains to be set.