Late last year it was reported that Cameron Mackintosh was planning a London revival of “Miss Saigon,” and now it appears that he also will be bringing the production to Broadway.
The New York Post reports that the revival will first surface at the Prince Edward Theatre in London later this year, though no official dates have yet been announced. The Broadway transfer will, of course, occur sometime after that premiere, though no timeline was mentioned.
The Prince Edward Theatre currently houses the West End production of “Jersey Boys,” and that show will transfer to the Piccadilly to make room for the new revival. “Miss Saigon” is expected to be directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, who also are responsible for staging the new “Les Miserables.”
“Miss Saigon,” a musical about the Vietnam War, first opened in London in 1989 and ran for 10 years. The Broadway version opened two year later and won 10 Tony Awards.
“When we did the show in London 25 years ago, we spent over a year looking for the cast,” Mackintosh said in December of last year. “I hope that in the next 18 months it would be back in London. The new version has just opened here in Japan, and it’s a phenomenal success. It’s going to be a different production, but the same great Miss Saigon.”
He also opened the possibility of making a film adaptation of the musical.
“It’s possible,” he said of a possible film version last year. “But we will have to wait and see how successful ‘Les Mis’ will be as a film.”
I think that last part has now been proven that the latest film adaptation version “Les Miserables” was a phenomenal success, though no more word has been released about the possibility of a “Miss Saigon” film.