Countdown to Miss Saigon

From the creators of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon is a thrilling and tragic international sensation, an emotionally epic masterpiece which has transfixed audiences around the world since its first performance 25 years ago.

In war-torn Vietnam, a young bar girl called Kim and an American GI called Chris embark upon a passionate but doomed love affair that will have lasting effects on both.

Directed by the Gold Coast’s Brad Rush and with musical direction by David Piper, the casting of Miss Saigon was an intensive process which attracted over a hundred potential candidates from all over Australia.

“I think we’ve ended up with an astounding lead cast,” says Brad. “Also a great ensemble to support it.”

Choreographer Ellen Simpson agrees. “The enthusiasm that we saw in auditions and now again in rehearsal has been the most exciting part of the job so far and it just shows that these people are really, really hungry to perform.”

The Arts Centre Gold Coast has pulled together an extraordinary cast of talented young Australians to play the beloved roles of this award winning musical. Both Vivien Emsworth (Kim) and Chris White (Chris) have inhabited the lead roles previously, while the rest of the main cast each have an impressive resume which includes roles in West Side Story, HAIR, The King and I, The Boy From Oz, My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar and many more stellar productions.

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“It [playing the role previously] allowed me to explore Kim further without having to learn the songs, it allowed me to go deeper”, says Vivien.

“With different directors and different movement and different stage and cast, it’s going to be a different show… I’ve definitely grown as a person in the year and bit since and I think that’s developed my character of Kim. I’ve found more of a woman in her.”

With only seven shows from 12 – 20 June, this superb production is likely to be a sell out smash. Tickets are available online.

 

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