Monday, November 25, 2013

Watch MISS SAIGON Revival's Eva Noblezada and More in This Preview!

Eva Noblezada
I could not be more excited about the new London revival of the 1989 musical Miss Saigon, coming in May 2014! On Thursday, they released the official casting announcement, revealing that Eva Noblezada will be playing the lead, Kim.

It seems fitting that producer Cameron Mackintosh found this 17-year-old who has no experience besides high school shows, because that kind of background is very true to the character, who is actually supposed to be 17 at the beginning of the show. According to, Mackintosh has voiced what many of us have also thought: that her casting is very similar to another young star from the '80s, Lea Salonga.

Additionally, a video came out on Friday in which Mackintosh, and composers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg introduce the other principals. In this video, we see Noblezada sing Kim's "I'd Give My Life for You," the show's John sings the Act 2 showstopping opening "Bui Doi," their Gigi sings "The Movie in My Mind," and of course the Engineer sings the 11 o'clock number, "The American Dream." Also introduced in this video are Chris and Ellen.

Yes. The picture below is that ginger adolescent from the above video who has been cast as Chris, Alistair Brammer. Feeling more at peace with his casting? Me too.

Alistair Brammer
As the video said, Brammer played Marius on the West End in Les Miserables, so I'd say it makes sense that he'd be playing Miss Saigon's equivalent character (no seriously, besides the accents, the characters/vocal ranges/songs are exactly the same). Brammer also starred as the title character in the 2008 UK Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Right now, he is in War Horse at the National Theatre.

I feel like clarification is in order regarding Noblezada's casting: yes, she will be playing the iconic role at a young age, but she will only be playing four shows a week so she can continue with school. Interestingly, her aunt, Annette Calud, was in the original 1991 Broadway cast as a bar girl and the Kim understudy, later taking over as the Kim alternate. So, in case there was any doubt in your mind from her audition whether Noblezada is a good choice, watch her perform "With You" from Ghost at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards this year.

What do you think of the casting? Was there someone you wanted to see in this new cast who was snubbed? I'm sure there is. At any rate, this ginger Broadway nerd can't wait to see that helicopter land on a West End stage again after so many years.

Read More:
Miss Saigon on Broadway
"17-Year-Old Eva Noblezada to Star in MISS SAIGON in the West End"
Miss Saigon barely makes it to Broadway
Video: The Making of Miss Saigon Part 1
Video: The Making of Miss Saigon Part 2
Alistair Brammer on Twitter
Rachelle Ann Go on Twitter

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