Miss Saigon
@Hobby Center
Sarofim Hall

April 7th-12th, 2019


     The musical was premièred at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, back in 1989, closing after 4,092 performances in 1999. It opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre on April 11, 1991, and subsequently played in many other cities and embarked on tours. Prior to the opening of the 2014 London revival, it was claimed that Miss Saigon had set a world record for opening day ticket sales, with sales in excess of £4m (over 5-million US dollars) reported.

     It is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is relocated to 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War, and Madame Butterfly's story of marriage between an American lieutenant and a geisha is replaced by a romance between a United States Marine and a seventeen-year-old South Vietnamese bargirl. The creator's of the musical are Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr.

     This was Schönberg and Boublil's second major success, following Les Misérables in 1985. Miss Saigon to this day remains Broadway's thirteenth longest-running show.

    Here is how the story goes, in the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son.

This new production features stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score featuring Broadway hits including “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” and “Last Night of the World.”

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Open Captioned Performance: Saturday, May 11, 2pm
Audio Described Performance: Sunday, May 12, 2pm
ASLI Performance: Sunday, May 12, 7:30pm

Approximate run time: 2 hours, 38 minutes with a 20-minute intermission

Hobby Center
Sarofim Hall
800 Bagby St.  Houston, TX
April 7th-12th, 2019
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