After almost two years and all the hardships of Covid 19, MISS SAIGON finally lifted the curtain for the opening night at the beautifully renovated Raimund Theater with producer Cameron Mackintosh in attendance.

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, inspired by Puccini MAD BUTTERFLY, feature their version of the doomed love story between a young Vietnamese girl Kim (stunning, Vannesa Heinz) and an American GI Chris (Oedi Kuipers) in Saigon during the Vietnam War. Vienna got the revised version (directed by Jean-Pierre Van Der Spy) of the successful West End Revival (London 2014-2016). Miss SAIGON, one of Broadway’s longest-running musicals, has finally found its new home as the latest of the so-called Big Four in Vienna. During his reign as director of the VBW, at the time, Professor Peter Weck brought CATS (1983), The Phantom and Les Miserables (both from 1988) to Vienna for the very first time, which was, as we now know, the start of a new area in German- Talking about music history.

Phantom to its Luster, The set the barricades, and Miss SAIGON, a military helicopter, always, a breathtaking moment. ( and CATS at CATS, for memory)

Familiar faces (and of course unique voices) like GINO EMNES (John) and ABLA ALAOUI (Ellen), with Christian Rey Marbella (a seedy engineer with some phonetic issues to solve) and JAMES PARK (THUY) with KUIPERS and HEINZ lead a cast of over 30. Featuring the critically acclaimed VBW Orchestra, MISS SAIGON in Vienna is a gritty, honestly sad and deeply moving musical extravaganza, the show everyone needs to see right now.

MISS SAIGON is now playing at the Raimund Theater Wien with performances from Tuesday to Sunday. For tickets visit www.musicalvienna.at

If you are looking for a good seat, row 6/15 in the stalls is highly recommended by the author.

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