Friday, November 22

Casting News for Miss Saigon

The Mail's Baz Bamigboye has announced the first bit of casting for the revival of Miss Saigon which is due to open next May with an advance of £7 million in ticket sales already.

Laurence Connor will direct this time around with Jon Jon Briones as Engineer, Alistair Brammer (Marius in LesMis, Taboo, War Horse) as Chris, Hugh Maynard (Jesus Christ Superstar, Tenors of Rock, Sister Act) as John and Tamsin Carroll (Barnum, Dusty, Oliver!) as Ellen who has the new number Maybe which has been included in overseas productions.  Rachelle Ann Go will play bar girl GiGi who sings Movie In My Mind. They may not be the best known names but most of them can certainly sing!

17-year-old Eva Noblezada is playing the lead role of Kim  She was discovered at the 2013 Jimmy Awards in New York and you can hear her singing With You from Ghost very beautifully at the ceremony here.  She is a student at the NorthWest School Of The Arts in Charlotte and to ensure she continues her studies in London she will do four performances a week, with two understudies covering the remaining shows.

Jon Jon Briones was in the ensemble of the original cast of Miss Saigon at Drury Lane 25 years ago and has since played the Engineer in the Philippines, London and on tour in the UK, US and Germany. Hugh Maynard played John in two UK tours of Miss Saigon

The ensemble members are Julia Abueva, Natalie Chua, Jon-Scott Clark, Rob Compton, Callum Francis, Ashley Gilmour, Maria Graciano, Simon Hardwick, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Matthew Jeans, Kurt Kansley, Kittiphun Kittipakapom, David Lee, Mitch Leow, Ela Lisondra, Tanya Manalang, Christian Rey Marbella, Kanako Nakano, Thao Therese Nguyen, Saori Oda, Ariel Reonal, Jon Reynolds,  Romeo Salazar, Jordan Shaw, Marsha Songcome, Eloisa Amalia Tan, Christian Tanamal, Thao Vilayvong, Amadeus Williams and Gerald Zarcilla

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