A classic love story is brought up-to-date in one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. In MISS SAIGON SCHOOL EDITION, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (the creators of LES MISÉRABLES and MISS SAIGON), along with Richard Maltby, Jr., bring Puccini’s Madame Butterfly to the modern world in a moving testament to the human spirit and a scathing indictment of the tragedies of war.
In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years ends in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had.
Based on the international sensation MISS SAIGON SCHOOL EDITION is an epic, daring pop opera that is universal in its emotional power even as it deals with controversial, contemporary issues. Its sung-through pop-inflected score gives a multi-ethnic cast of strong pop singers an opportunity to shine.
Raw and uncompromising, MISS SAIGON SCHOOL EDITION is an intensely personal story of the losses we suffer and the sacrifices we make in a world gone mad.
This emotionally charged musical has garnered many awards in its history including three Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and three Outer Critics Circle Awards.
Why MISS SAIGON SCHOOL EDITION?
Because the original MISS SAIGON has some content elements that previously made it a difficult choice for some high school productions, MTI has worked with the MISS SAIGON authors to create an adaptation that maintains the dramatic intention and integrity of the piece, while editing it to make it more appropriate for high school audiences and performers.
School Edition Resources
Like most MTI School Edition musicals, MISS SAIGON SCHOOL EDITION comes with several resources to supplement the rehearsal period and expand the impact of your production:
- Logo Pak
- Reference Recording
- Stage Manager Script
- Study Guide
The theatrical resources provide new ways to delight and instruct all who participate in a MTI musical.
In addition to the new theatrical resources and show requirements catering to high schools, there are two major differences between the original show and the School Edition:
- The language (both dialogue and lyrics) has been cleaned-up throughout.
- A few songs have changed keys to accommodate student voices.
MISS SAIGON SCHOOL EDITION features several male and female star vehicle roles, as well as a large and flexible ensemble with the opportunity for extensive multi-ethnic casting.
MISS SAIGON opened on September 20, 1989 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. After an exhaustive search for the right Asian lead, Lea Salonga originate the role and catapulted to fame with the show. Also starring was film and TV star Jonathan Pryce as The Engineer, and Simon Bowman as Chris.
The original MISS SAIGON was one of the most spectacular and technically complex productions ever staged. 266 people worked on the London production at each performance and of those only 47 appeared in front of the audience. MISS SAIGON bowed in London on October 30, 1999, after a total of 4,263 performances.
MISS SAIGON opened at the Broadway Theatre on April 11, 1991. It again was lead by Pryce and Salonga, plus Hinton Battle as John (all winning Tony Awards) and Willy Falk as Chris. Upon its Broadway opening, the musical broke several Broadway records, including a record advance-ticket sales at $24 million, highest priced ticket at $100, and repaying investors in fewer than 39 weeks. MISS SAIGON closed on January 28, 2001 after 4,092 performances.
MISS SAIGON has won 30 major theatre awards including three Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. 27 companies have opened MISS SAIGON in 25 countries and 246 cities and MISS SAIGON has been translated into 12 different languages.