A dramatic musical love story of a young Asian woman and her American lover – “The search for Miss Saigon” was the biggest thing during the late 80s. Find out why.
We’ve heard how beautiful the city of Saigon is but few are aware of how dramatic the place was during the Vietnam war. Ho Chi Minh City is now its modern name and is a thriving city in the southern part of Vietnam. The place is presently very touristic and attracts mostly westerners because of its warmer climate just like its friendly neighbor The Philippines.
The search for Miss Saigon
On the other hand, just like any highly developing countries that went through a national turmoil and war in the past, Vietnam also had a darker issue: that is prostitution. It’s like, whenever war occurs and American soldiers deploy in the problematic zone, those red-light districts just rise up like mushrooms everywhere. This is not to judge or point any finger who needs to be convicted of this seemingly inevitable recurrence. But it is to appreciate how beautiful a life-love story can be, despite of turmoil and tragedy. The search for Miss Saigon is a wonderful example.
Miss Saigon the musical
Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. The play revolves around the tragic romance between an Asian woman who was abandoned by her American soldier lover. It first kicked off in September 1989 in West End, London and became a huge success since then. The rigorous preparation for the highly anticipated musical took about 3 years in the making from production down to the casting.
Speaking of the casting, Filipinos all over the world were thrilled and proud that our very own singer Lea Salonga bagged the main character as Kim. There were also several other Filipino artists who received roles in the play. It is just so proud to see that Filipino talents are at its best even during the 1980s. The Miss Saigon team had to visit big cities like New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and finally Manila to look for the next big star who will play the character of Kim. And they just finally found the right one in Manila after scouting all major cities. Since then, Leah Salonga became a worldwide star and became the first Asian to receive recognition as Best Actress in Tony Awards. Filipinos have always been proud of Lea Salonga(the original Miss Saigon) and the rest of the fellows who were part of the play.
The search for Miss Saigon continues even today.
Miss Saigon is still a worldwide-play until the present time with new actors and production on the show. The search for Miss Saigon will definitely continue on as long as the show goes on. What’s even better is that the new Kim is played by a new Filipino talented actress of this generation.
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