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Mega-Musical 'Miss Saigon' Makes it Back to the West End

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The heat is on in London with the first-ever revival of Cameron Mackintosh's mega-musical "Miss Saigon." The show opened on the West End last month. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.

LONDON, ENGLAND—The first ever revival of "Miss Saigon" opened with a bang—literally—fireworks and all!

The musical, which is loosely based on Puccini's tragic tale, "Madame Butterfly," is set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War.

Producer Cameron Mackintosh, the force behind such notable hits as "Les Miserables" and "The Phantom of the Opera," is responsible for bringing the revamped "Saigon" back to the London boards.

"Of all my shows this is the one people have been writing me for the past few years to actually bring back again because its 15 years since it was last on," says Mackintosh.

The original production of "Miss Saigon" made a star and Tony winner out of Lea Salonga, who created the show's central character, Kim.

Following in the footsteps of Salonga is 18-year-old Eva Noblezada, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Noblezada was cast as Kim after being discovered at a high school musical theater competition in New York last year.

"We created such a spark. London is on fire now—and the heat is on!" Noblezada says.

Playing the role of the seedy engineer is Jon Jon Briones.

This production marks a reunion for Briones, who first performed in the chorus of the show back in 1989.

"We call it the show that keeps on giving. I've always loved this character, the engineer, and to be doing this in the city where it all started—and I started in the ensemble—it's a dream come true," Briones says.

The original production of "Miss Saigon" ran for a decade on both The West End and on Broadway.

This new production is under the helm of Laurence Connor, one of the co-directors currently represented on Broadway with this year's production of "Les Miserables."

With the revival, you can expect to see all the bells and whistles that were featured in the world premiere production (helicopter included) and then some.

However, leading man Alistair Brammer says at its core, it's the show's love story that makes "Saigon" an audience favorite.

"The thing that stays with people is this tragic phenomenal story with the hugest stakes possible!" Brammer says.

While "Miss Saigon" opened with a bang here on The West End, is Broadway next?

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