KOREAN STAR KWANG-HO HONG TO PLAY ‘THUY’ IN MISS SAIGON
HE JOINS THE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED JON JON BRIONES AS ‘THE ENGINEER’, ALISTAIR BRAMMER AS ‘CHRIS’, TAMSIN CARROLL AS ‘ELLEN’, HUGH MAYNARD AS ‘JOHN’, RACHELLE ANN GO AS ‘GIGI’AND EVA NOBLEZADA AS ‘KIM’
Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce that Korean star Kwang-Ho Hong will play ‘Thuy’ in his forthcoming new production of MISS SAIGON. This now completes the casting for the show which makes its highly anticipated return to the West End on Saturday 3 May 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre, in the musical’s 25thAnniversary Year. MISS SAIGON is currently booking for performances through toSaturday 25th October 2014. To watch a special video about Kwang-Ho Hong, please go to www.miss-saigonvideo.com/press
A major solo artist, Kwang-Ho Hong‘s concerts regularly sell out arenas in his native Korea. He has also become one of the top musical actors in Korea where his credits include the roles of ‘The Phantom’ and ‘Raoul’ in “The Phantom of the Opera”, ‘Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde’ in “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Man of La Mancha”.
Kwang-Ho Hong joins the previously announced Jon Jon Briones as ‘The Engineer’, Eva Noblezada as ‘Kim’, Alistair Brammer as ‘Chris’, Tamsin Carroll as ‘Ellen’,Hugh Maynard as ‘John’ and Rachelle Ann Go as ‘Gigi’.
JON JON BRIONES was in the ensemble in the original cast of “Miss Saigon” when the show opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He has since played the role of ‘The Engineer’ in his native Philippines, London, on tour in both the UK and US and also in Germany. Seventeen year old EVA NOBLEZADA will make her professional stage debut as ‘Kim’. ALISTAIR BRAMMER made his professional stage debut as ‘Marius’ in the West End production of “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre having previously appeared in a special finale of the show for the show’s 20th birthday where he played the same role as part of the Schools’ Edition cast. Following his appearance in the West End, Alistair was cast as ‘Jean Prouvaire’ in the smash hit film of “Les Misérables”, a role he also played in the 25th Anniversary of the show at the O2. He can currently be seen as ‘Billy’ in the West End production of “War Horse”. TAMSIN CARROLL was recently seen as ‘Chairy Barnum’ in “Barnum” at Chichester Festival Theatre. She was last seen in the West End as ‘Nancy’ in “Oliver!”, a role she also played in her native Australia, for which she was awarded the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Also in Australia, Tamsin received critical acclaim for her stunning performance as the title role in “Dusty” where she won both the Green Room and Helpmann awards for Best Actress in a Musical. Her other UK theatre credits include “The Magistrate” at the National Theatre, ‘Emma Goldman’ in “Ragtime” and ‘Titania’ in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, both for the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park. HUGH MAYNARD played the role of ‘John’ in the first and second national UK tours of “Miss Saigon”. He was most recently seen in the tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar”. His West End credits include “Sister Act” and the original cast of “The Lion King”. RACHELLE ANN GO is a well-known TV star in the Philippines having won their “Search for a Star” contest and is a double-platinum recording artist.
The ensemble includes; Julia Abueva, Natalie Chua, Jon-Scott Clark, Jenny Ding, Dale Evans, Callum Francis, Ashley Gilmour, Maria Graciano, Simon Hardwick, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Matthew Jeans, Kurt Kansley, David Kar-Hing Lee, Kittiphun Kittipakapom, Mitch Leow, Ela Lisondra, Carolyn Maitland, 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.
When this production went on sale in September last year, it broke the record for the biggest single day of ticket sales in West End and Broadway history.
Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s epic musical has played in 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning awards around the world since the sensational record-breaking run at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago.
This epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.
Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil (the writers of Les Misérables) recently wrote a powerful new song for the role of Ellen to sing in the second act which has been included in the recent Dutch and Japanese productions and will make its UK premiere in London.
MISS SAIGON has Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jnr and Alain Boublil, adapted from Original French Lyrics by Alain Boublil with Additional Lyrics by Michael Mahler. This new production will be directed by Laurence Connor with Musical Staging by Bob Avian and Additional Choreography by Geoffrey Garratt, Production Design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley based on an Original Concept by Adrian Vaux, Costume Design by Andreane Neofitou, Lighting Design by Bruno Poet, Sound Design by Mick Potter and Orchestrations by William David Brohn. Musical Supervision is by Stephen Brooker and John Rigby. Musical Direction is by Alfonso Casado Trigo.