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Rachelle Ann Go cast as 'Gigi' in the Broadway return of Miss Saigon

September 30, 2016

RACHELLE ANN GO CAST AS ‘GIGI’

AND DEVIN ILAW AS ‘THUY’ IN

 CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S NEW PRODUCTION OF

BOUBLIL AND SCHÖNBERG’S LEGENDARY MUSICAL

 



BEGINNING PERFORMANCES MARCH 1

AT THE BROADWAY THEATRE

 

 

Rachelle Ann Go (as Gigi) and Devin Ilaw (as Thuy) have joined the cast of Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical MISS SAIGON, which begins performances Wednesday, March 1 at The Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). Directed by Laurence Connor (Les Misérables, School of Rock), the Broadway return of MISS SAIGON will feature its American stars, Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer and 20-year-old Eva Noblezada as Kim, who created their roles in the West End to great acclaim.  Opening night for MISS SAIGON will be Thursday, March 23.  MISS SAIGON will play a limited engagement through January 14, 2018 before launching a North American tour later in the year. 

 

RACHELLE ANN GO (Gigi).  Rachelle Ann reprises her acclaimed West End performance as Gigi in MISS SAIGON, for which she was named Best Supporting Actress in A Musical at the 2015 What’s On Stage Awards.  Rachelle Ann began her career by winning a national televised singing competition at the age of 17 in her native Philippines. She has since released seven multi-platinum solo albums and has appeared in various shows and international concerts. Additional theater credits include Ariel in The Little Mermaid (Manila), Jane Porter in Tarzan (Manila), and Fantine in Les Misérables (in the West End and Manila). Her stunning performance is captured on film in MISS SAIGONThe 25th Anniversary Performance, screened this month in cinemas across the country, and next month around the world.  Rachelle Ann Go is appearing in MISS SAIGON with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. 

 

Devin Ilaw (Thuy) most recently performed in the new Broadway production of Les Misèrables. He also played Marius in the 25th Anniversary North American Tour of the musical. Devin has been seen as Song Liling in M. Butterfly, Evan in Wearing Black, Lun Tha in The King & I, and Thuy in Miss Saigon (2010 Toronto Revival). Concert performances include Billy Bigelow in Carousel with the National Asian Artists Project and Soloist in Bernstein’s Mass with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Yannick Nèzet-Sèguin. Regional performances include North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Marriott Lincolnshire, Dallas Summer Musicals, Music Theatre of Wichita, and Prospect Theatre Company. Devin is also an accomplished classical pianist and holds a BFA in Acting and Music Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

The new production of MISS SAIGON opened in London in May 2014 to record-breaking advance sales and critical acclaim. Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph wrote, “This thrilling new production spills out beyond the theater and speaks directly to the times we live in – magnificent performances.”  Dominic Maxwell in The Times called the production “thrilling, soaring and spectacular.” The reviews for its stars were also raves.  David Benedict in Variety wrote, “In an astonishing stage debut, Eva Noblezada gives a thrilling performance as Kim, with poise, power and a superb voice.”  And Dominic Maxwell in The Times said Jon Jon Briones plays the Engineer with “brilliant, avaricious charm.” 

MISS SAIGON swept the board at the 2015 Whatsonstage.com awards winning a record breaking nine awards, the most awards ever won by a single show in the 15-year history of the awards including: Best West End Show; Best Revival of a Musical; Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Eva Noblezada) and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Jon Jon Briones).

 

MISS SAIGON tells the story of young bar girl named Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with Chris, an American GI - but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

 

MISS SAIGON has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Alain Boublil, with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler. The new production is directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt.  Production design is by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux; costume design by Andreane Neofitou; lighting design by Bruno Poet; sound design by Mick Potter; and orchestrations by William David Brohn.

 

Since its London premiere in 1989, Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s epic musical MISS SAIGON has become one of the most successful musicals in history.  The original Broadway production of MISS SAIGON opened on April 11, 1991 with what was the largest advance sale in Broadway history ($37 million).  The show went on to play for nearly ten years and 4,063 performances seen by more than 5.9 million people.   MISS SAIGON has been performed in 28 countries, over 300 cities in 15 different languages, has won over 40 awards including 2 Olivier Awards, 3 Tony Awards, and 4 Drama Desk Awards and been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.

 

Tickets are available at saigonbroadway.com and at telecharge.com, or by phone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 447-7400 and at the Broadway Theatre box office.

 

 

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