Show Credits: Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics by Alain Boublil Original French Lyrics by Alain Boublil Additional Material by Richard Maltby, Jr.
A classic love story is brought up-to-date in one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. In MISS SAIGON, Alain Boublil andClaude-Michel Schönberg (the creators of LES MISÉRABLES), along with Richard Maltby,Jr., bring Puccini's Madame Butterfly to the modern world in a moving testament to the human spirit and a scathing indictment of the tragedies of war.
In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years ends in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had.
An international sensation, MISS SAIGON is an epic, daring pop opera that is universal in its emotional power even as it deals with controversial, contemporary issues. Its sung-through pop-inflected score gives a multi-ethnic cast of strong pop singers an opportunity to shine, in showstopping numbers like "I Still Believe," "Why God Why?" and "The American Dream." Meanwhile, its fluid cinematic structure gives directors and designers a field day.
Raw and uncompromising, MISS SAIGON is an intensely personal story of the losses we suffer and the sacrifices we make in a world gone mad.
Accolades/ Awards: The show was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Musical, Score and Book.
Insight from the experts Costume Tip: Up to you. Basically, you need a seedy strip joint, a ramshackle bedroom, two low-rent Saigon dwellings, and a first-class hotel room. The Broadway production stunned audiences with an onstage helicopter.