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‘Miss Saigon’ returns to Manila in 2024

MANILA, Philippines — The critically-acclaimed musical "Miss Saigon" will be staged once more in the Philippines.

GMG Productions and GWB Entertainment will be bringing producer Cameron Mackintosh’s new version of Boublil & Schönberg’s "Miss Saigon" to The Theatre at Solaire in March 2024.

This version of "Miss Saigon" was first staged in London back in 2014 and received record-breaking advance sales and praises from critics.

The production recently finished shows in Australia's Sydney Opera House and will drop by Melbourne and Adelaide before arriving in Manila.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be bringing my spectacular new production of 'Miss Saigon' to Manila," Mackintosh said in a statement. "Without a doubt, it is the best production of 'Saigon' I have ever produced, with one of the most brilliant casts that have ever performed the show around the world. I can't envisage another show of this scale being done in Manila for the foreseeable future."

GMG Productions head Carlos Candal noted the deep connection "Miss Saigon" has with Filipinos as the show featured theater legend Lea Salonga in her breakthrough role followed by fellow actors Jon Jon Briones, Joanna Ampil, Rachelle Ann Go, Eva Noblezada, and several more.

Related: Lea Salonga to perform in London's West End for first time in 27 years

"The production has given talents them a platform to showcase their extraordinary skills and passion, and we're excited to welcome a new company of world-class performers to share the new staging of this phenomenal production," Candal added.

"Miss Saigon" originally premiered on London's West End in 1989 with Salonga starring opposite Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce — the two reprised their respective roles of Kim and The Engineer on Broadway two years later.

The musical is retelling of Giacomo Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" now set during the Vietnam War, Kim navigates the chaos of Saigon, falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, and goes on a three-year quest for reunion, all while harboring a heart-wrenching secret.

Salonga and Pryce both won Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk Awards for their respective performances. Salonga also reprised her role of Kim when "Miss Saigon" was staged in the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2000.

Pre-selling of tickets through UnionBank and GMG will be from October 23 to November 3 at gmg-productions.com while the general sale begins on November 6 through TicketWorld.

RELATED: Joanna Ampil is 1st woman to play Miss Saigon’s The Engineer

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