Sunday, May 15

Two Miss Saigon movies - the Danny Boyle film and 25th Anniversary Performance

Updated 27th May: Miss Saigon’s  appeal lives on, with  two Miss Saigon films in the works - one of them directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle.

First to be released will be Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance, which features a mix of footage from that landmark gala show in 2014 and the last night of the recent revival at the Prince Edward Theatre. Apparently  Cameron Mackintosh has been editing footage for the long awaited filmed record of the Miss Saigon 25th anniversary performance; Baz Bamgiboye has seen a rough cut of 20 minutes,  and says it’s much more than just cameras being plonked in front of a stage.

That film — featuring a breakout performance by Eva Noblezada as Kim, the club girl who falls for an American GI just as Saigon collapses at the end of the Vietnam War; Jon Jon Briones, as the conniving pimp-fixer known as the Engineer; and Alistair Brammer as Chris the GI — has some brilliant footage.

The show closed in the West End in February but  returns to Broadway in March where UK stars Eva Noblezada and Jon Jon Briones are set to reprise their roles, followed by a US national tour in Spring 2017. in New York.

Mackintosh explained that the movie, official title Miss Saigon: The 25th Anniversary Performance, includes film shot at the special anniversary show; the last night on February 27th ; and three days of filming close-ups and cutaways that feature the original revival company with Eva Noblezada in the title role, Jon Jon Briones as the Engineer and Alistair Brammer as Chris.

It is due to  be shown in cinemas on October 16th  and will later be available to buy.

The second film is a big Hollywood movie Danny Boyle plans to direct at the end of 2018. Boyle saw Noblezada perform in Miss Saigon twice when it was on at the Prince Edward - maybe  she will endsup on Boyle’s shortlist to play Kim in his big-budget film.  But that’s a long way off...

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