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Miss Saigon Is Looking for a New 'Kim' and 'The Engineer' in the Philippines

Auditions for the musical production will be held in May.
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Since its premiere as a musical production in 1989, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s Miss Saigon has nurtured a large stable of Filipino stage performers, from Lea Salonga’s portrayal of Kim on the West End up until Red Concepcion’s present take on The Engineer in the touring company.

With various Filipina actresses taking the starring role of Kim and countless other actors in supporting roles and ensembles, Filipino talent has become synonymous to the musical production. Producer Cameron Mackintosh will soon be back in Manila hunting for the next Kim and The Engineer.

Announced on April 18, the call for auditions will take place on May 4 (for The Engineer) and May 5 (for Kim), at the Opera Haus, 3657 Bautista Street, Makati.

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Mackintosh and his team are on the lookout with very particular specifications: The Engineer must be a baritone or tenor to portray the “sleazy, but likable owner of Dreamland,” while the actress who plays Kim must pass as a 17-year old and have a “strong chest voice up to E, low to G” to play the “vulnerable and innocent” Vietnamese bar girl.

All applicants must be proficient in the English language, and have stellar vocals. Aspiring theater stars must also prepare to sing 16 bars of a Miss Saigon song.

CAMERON MACKINTOSH ANNOUNCES OPEN CALL AUDITIONS FOR THE ENGINEER AND KIM! All the info you need below. See you on May 4th and 5th!

Posted by Atlantis Theatrical on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Set in 1975 in a post-war Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Miss Saigon tells the story of a bar girl named Kim, who embarks on a forbidden romance with American G.I. Chris, who is set to depart the country for his own.

The upcoming production of Miss Saigon takes from the successes of its West End and Broadway runs, and will tour the U.S.

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h/t: Broadway World

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