Friday, September 13, 2013

News and History: MISS SAIGON Revisited (Part 2)

Tickets just went on sale and box office records were broken for the 2014 revival of Miss Saigon on the West End, so as a continuation from earlier this week, let's take a look back at the road to the original production from over 20 years ago. Missed part 1? Check it out on Singular Sensation!

Here is the third video of the making of Miss Saigon. This one starts off with the first rehearsal. It's a classic first rehearsal, because it's a room full of theatre people, most of whom know each other, and the newbies (Lea Salonga and Monique Wilson, to name a couple) are totally lost and overwhelmed. This might be my favorite video out of this whole series, because throughout the rest of it, you see them start blocking, then towards the end, they step foot on stage for the first time. This is also the first video where you actually see Jonathan Pryce, who, after facing serious obstacles to reprise his role on Broadway after the West End production, won a Tony for his portrayal of the Engineer.


In the next clip, watch as the cast finally sings with a full orchestra. Then they go into what was probably a very long and grueling first tech/dress rehearsal to practice with the set moving and dealing with quick costume changes. Director Nicholas Hytner tells the cast before the start tech that it will last many days, and I believe it. To get a taste for it, this video shows them running the first few seconds of the show over and over again. Then they work the Engineer's iconic song, "American Dream" without costumes. Finally, they go into previews.

The final video brings us to opening night as all the creative team and other British stars come out to see the new Boublil and Schonberg musical. It includes footage of most of "The American Dream" in full costume with a look backstage during it to see the ensemble members running to change costume and get in place like crazy people. At the end, Cameron Mackintosh and most of the creative team gathers to read the reviews the day after, and the video closes with the bows from opening night which are followed by extreme rejoicing as soon as the curtain goes down.


Sally Henry www.BroadwayWorld.com/author/Sally-Henry // Twitter: www.twitter.com/bwayginger // Facebook: www.facebook.com/singularsensationbway

Read More:
"Miss Saigon Revisited (Part 1)"
"Miss Saigon Barely Made it to Broadway... Film to Follow?"
"Watch Miss Saigon's Eva Noblezada and More in This Preview!"

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