2 Filipinos join MISS SAIGON UK tour

Producer Cameron Mackintosh announced the principal casting and dates for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of his acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg's legendary musical MISS SAIGON which will open on July 1.

Red Concepcion will play "The Engineer", Sooha Kim "Kim", Ashley Gilmour 'Chris', Zoë Doano "Ellen" and Gerald Santos "Thuy". At certain performances 'Kim' will be played by Joreen Bautista.

MISS SAIGON is now also confirmed to play the Manchester Palace Theatre (March 21 - May 12, 2018), The Bristol Hippodrome (May 16 - June 23), Theatre Royal Plymouth (July 4 - August 4) and Norwich Theatre Royal (August 15 - Sept. 15). Other details of the tour schedule will be announced soon.

Concepcion's theatre credits include Adam/Felicia in Priscilla Queen of the Desert for which he won the ALIW Award and Gawah Buhay Award, Tommy in The Normal Heart and Alan Strang in Equus as well as the musicals West Side Story and Hairspray.

Sooha Kim made her professional debut in this recent production of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre where she covered the role of Kim before going on to play the role in the Japanese production. Her credits while training in South Korea include Maureen in Rent and Carmen in Fame.

Gilmour also appeared in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre. His most recent credits include playing Link Larkin in the national tour of Hairspray.

Doano's many West End theatre credits include Cosette in Les Misérables, Johanna in Sweeney Todd and most recently Grazia in Death Takes A Holiday. She has also appeared in the national tours of The Sound of Music and High Society.

Santos was the youngest ever winner of the biggest singing contest in the Philippines, Pinoy Pop Superstar. He has released five studio albums and has won numerous awards including winning twice Best Male Concert performer at the prestigious ALIW Awards.

Last week, this new production of MISS SAIGON opened on Broadway to nightly standing ovations following a smash-hit run in London's West End. The New Yorker calls it a "Dynamite Broadway revival," according to Broadway World UK. - Robert R. Requintina

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