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. Nominated for an incredible number
of Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk
Awards, MISS SAIGON is the second, massively successful offering from
the creators of
LES MISÉRABLES: Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil.
In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, Chris, an American soldier, and
Kim, a Vietnamese girl, fall in love and marry but are distressingly
Saigon falls. As years pass, Chris, unable to contact Kim, remarries
and attempts to move on with his life. Kim, however, gives birth to
Chris's son and
waits faithfully for Chris's return. When circumstances bring Chris
back to Vietnam he learns the truth, but before he is able to speak with
Kim, she takes
her own life ensuring their son will be taken back to America with
A haunting tale based on Puccini's Madame Butterfly, MISS SAIGON is
an epic, daring musical that is universal in its emotional power. The
pop-inflected score gives a multi-ethnic cast of strong singers
ample opportunities to shine. Meanwhile, its fluid cinematic structure
gives directors and
designers a field day.
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.