Monday, September 22, 2014

Watch the 5 Best MISS SAIGON Performance Clips in Honor of the 25th Anniversary

Yet another Boublil and Schonberg hit has successfully celebrated 25 years since its initial opening on the West End. But unlike their first hit to reach that milestone, the international smash hit Les Miserables, this one has not won as many awards, nor is it as popular. However, it is the 12th-longest-running show on Broadway and won three Tony Awards.

This weekend, the Miss Saigon West End revival cast celebrated the with a special live cast recording and plans are already in place for some kind of 25th anniversary concert version (think Les Mis, but hopefully minus Nick Jonas).

So after 25 years since Boublil and Schonberg's second- and arguably last- hit musical, there have been quite a few milestone productions and events relating to the show. Naturally, the only thing to do is look at a countdown my five favorite Miss Saigon videos, don't you think?

5. Brian Stokes Mitchell Sings "Bui Doi"
Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has never been in Miss Saigon, but he performed the stirring song "Bui Doi" for a concert one time, and luckily, a rehearsal is enshrined on YouTube. This song is a great inspirational way to start out your Monday!

4. Miss Saigon Revival Teaser
Back when the casting for the 2014 West End revival of Miss Saigon had just been announced, the following video was released, giving us a taste of who was in the show. This is a great montage of the talents that converged on this show.

3. Will Chase and Lea Salonga sing "Last Night of the World"
I can safely say that in the last two weeks since I wrote about Will Chase on his birthday, I've become more and more of a fan. I watched the first part of a really poor quality bootleg of the final Miss Saigon performance, starring Lea Salonga (who won a Tony Award for originating the role of Kim in 1991) and Will Chase, which was in 2001, and that solidified my love for Chase. I recommend it simply because there is nowhere else that you can hear him sing that whole score. Of course Lea Salonga just, you know, is Kim, so the combination of the two singing the couple's first love song is incredible.

2. "The Heat is On: The Making of Miss Saigon
This one is technically four videos, but they make up the Miss Saigon documentary that I, like a good geek, totally devoured and loved. It's a very cool chance to not only see baby Lea Salonga, but also the composition process, multiple rehearsals (including tech!), and the opening night bows. For those remotely interested in the process of putting on a show from the concept, to the auditions, to the opening, this is a must!! (y'all, I promise they're not paying me to promote this)

1. Jonathan Pryce sings "The American Dream" at the Tony Awards
If you've been following my blog for a while, you had to know this was coming. Jonathan Pryce won a Tony Award as well as an Olivier Award for his portrayal of the Engineer, and with good reason. He's brilliant. Watch him perform his famous 11 o'clock number, "The American Dream" at the 1991 Tony Awards and try to imagine what it would be like if you were as skilled a performer as he.

("Top 10 Best Tony Awards Performances of All Time" #5)

So happy 25th anniversary, Miss Saigon! Can't wait to see it return to [insert pithy helicopter pun here] Broadway in the near future!

Read more:
MISS SAIGON Barely Reached Broadway in 1991, Film to Follow?
The 6 Ways LES MISERABLES and MISS SAIGON are Identical

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