Miss Saigon: Mandurah to get modern re-imagining of classic tale

Oliver Clare, Paul Spencer, Matthew Lister, and Tate Bennett. Photo: Jon Lambert.
Oliver Clare, Paul Spencer, Matthew Lister, and Tate Bennett. Photo: Jon Lambert.

A CLASSIC love story brought up to date in one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time is the latest production by Mandurah’s Stray Cats Theatre Company.

In Miss Saigon, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misérables), along with Richard Maltby Jr, bring Puccini’s Madame Butterfly to the modern world in a moving testament to the human spirit and a scathing indictment of the tragedies of war.

In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier (Tate Bennett), and a Vietnamese girl (Andrea Lim), fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon.

Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years bring tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child the soldier never knew he had.

An international sensation, Miss Saigon is an epic, daring pop opera that is universal in its emotional power even as it deals with controversial, contemporary issues with show stopping numbers like I Still Believe, Why God Why? and The American Dream.

Raw and uncompromising, Miss Saigon is an intensely personal story of the losses suffered and the sacrifices made in a world gone mad.

It is directed by Karen Francis.

WHAT: Miss Saigon.
WHERE: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
WHEN: May 18-21.
TICKETS: 9550 3900, on line at www.manpac.com.au or at the centre box office.

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