Overview


Synopsis

Miss Saigon is a retelling of the story of Puccini's Madama Butterfly set during the Vietnam War. As the war turns against the Americans, villagers are rushing to Saigon for refuge. One of them is Kim, a 17-year-old girl whose family was killed. She becomes a stripper at the Dreamland club where she meets a young American GI, Chris. The two quickly fall in love and move in together. When Saigon falls however, Chris is evacuated. Thinking he would never see Kim again, he marries an American woman, Ellen. Two years later, Chris's friend, John, informs Chris that he has fathered Kim's child. After Chris and his wife meet Kim in Bangkok, Thailand, Kim gives Chris the child, and then commits suicide.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Male

Lead

Baritone

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano



Show Information

Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1989
Genres
Drama, Romance
Time & Place
saigon, 1975
Cast Size
medium
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes child, young adult, adult, late teen, mature adult characters

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