the heat is on

Miss Saigon to Heat Up Broadway Again in 2017

Miss Saigon. Photo: Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.

Can you hear the helicopters in the distance? Miss Saigon, the 1989 musical from Les Misérables creators Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, is headed back to Broadway after almost 25 years. The show, a Vietnam War–era update of the opera Madame Butterfly, tells the story of a romance between a Vietnamese bargirl and an American soldier. EW reports that the show will debut at a Shubert theater in the spring of 2017, where it will run until January 18, 2018; after that, it will launch a national tour of cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh shares that this iteration of the show will be an import of the current West End revival, which stars Eva Noblezada as Kim (a role originated by Lea Salonga) and Jon Jon Briones as the Engineer. Mackintosh promises “a grittier, more realistic approach than the original production” that maintains “the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg’s tremendous score.”