This post may contain affiliate links. That means if you click and buy, I may receive a small commission (at zero cost to you). Please see my full disclosure policy for details.
For the first time in 17 years MISS SAIGON is touring the United States and will return to Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre in July-August 2019!
A new production opened in London 2014 to critical acclaim and featured a new song “Maybe“, new lyrical changes, a breathtaking set design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley and Bruno Poet‘s new lighting design. When I saw the show in 2014 I was floored by the incredible set and lighting design. The new music caused mixed emotions but the production quality was worth every penny spent on the tickets and mp3 soundtrack from Amazon.
For those of you who don’t know the story, it is a heartbreaking tale based loosely on M. Butterfly with music and lyrics by the same men who brought us Les Miserables and Martin Guerre. The story opens at the end of the Vietnam War and American GIs Chris (Anthony Festa) and John (J. Daughtry) arrive at The Engineer’s (Red Concepción) seedy bar where a young girl from the country Kim (Emily Bautista) is on stage for the first time. There’s an instant spark between Chris and Kim and then history intervenes and the Americans pull out of Vietnam and Kim and Engineer are left to their own devices in the jungle. Several years later fate brings them back together but the ending is bitter sweet. Timeless songs that are a favorite among fans are “Sun and Moon”, “The Last Night of Saigon”, and “I Still Believe”.
Red Concepción will lead the tour as ‘the Engineer’ direct from the current UK Tour, Emily Bautista will play ‘Kim’ having also performed the role in the most recent Broadway production and Anthony Festa will play ‘Chris.’ Joining them will be Stacie Bono as ‘Ellen,’ J. Daughtry as ‘John,’ Jinwoo Jung as ‘Thuy’ and Christine Bunuan as ‘Gigi.’ At certain performances, the role of ‘Kim’ will be played by Myra Molloy.
They are joined by Alexander Aguilar, Eric Badiqué, Brandon Block, Eymard Cabling, Joven Calloway, Rae Leigh Case, Kai An Chee, Matthew Dailey, Julie Eicher, Noah Gouldsmith, Adam Kaokept, David Kaverman, McKinley Knuckle, Madoka Koguchi, Nancy Lam, Brian Shimasaki Liebson, Garrick Macatangay, Jonelle Margallo, Kevin Murakami, Jackie Nguyen, Matthew Overberg, Emilio Ramos, Adam Roberts, Michael Russell, Paul Schwensen, Julius Sermonia, Emily Stillings, Tiffany Toh, Nicholas Walters and Anna-Lee Wright. The role of Tam is played by Tyler Dunn, Haven Je, Fin Moulding and Adalynn Ng.
Red Concepción and Jinwoo Jung are appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance with this production.
Tickets for MISS SAIGON are now on sale, and available at www.HollywoodPantages.com/MissSaigon and www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 982-2787 or in person at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre Box Office (Opens Daily at 10am PT). Ticket prices start at $49.
The performance schedule for MISS SAIGON is Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm. Opening night will be 18 July 2019 at 8pm.
MISS SAIGON contains some scenes and language which may not be suitable for younger audience members, including scenes of a sexual nature, copious amounts of the F word, gun shots and pyrotechnics. The Joyous Living recommends 18+ for audiences.