One of my favorite musicals next to Les Miserables is Miss Saigon. It’s number two in my list of best musicals. I am a loyal fan of Miss Lea Salonga who originally played the role of Kim in both London and Broadway stages. I remember seeing Miss Saigon after Lea Salonga’s stint on Broadway. I don’t remember who played the lead but she was good as well. But within a month, there was a surprise announcement (I think this was 2001) that Lea Salonga was returning to close the show. My friends and I bought our tickets and got to see her in action. If I thought the girl who played Kim when I first saw Miss Saigon was good, Lea Salonga was excellent. You can absolutely tell the difference in their acting and their voices.
That was eons ago if you ask me. But then, we heard of the return of Miss Saigon to London’s West End. This time it was the luck of Eva Noblezada and Rachel Anne Go that would get us all excited. Proud of them both.
Tonight, my friend (who is a much more die-hard Miss Saigon fan than I am) posted the Miss Saigon 2014 Theatrical Trailer on his Facebook wall got me looking back to old videos of Lea Salonga during her audition and other videos where she played the role of Eponine in Les Miserables. I am still very much in love with her performance and she was totally deserving of all the awards she received including Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theater World for the role of Kim.
Here’s the 2014 Theatrical Trailer.
Now, let’s watch Lea Salonga during her audition up to the point where she was chosen to play the role of Kim. I wonder who will play Kim if ever Miss Saigon becomes a movie? Who would you choose?
My friends make fun of me because when I get drunk, I usually speak with a British accent. It’s mostly for fun and by the end of the night, we are all speaking with a British accent.
I remember when I was in London, it only took a day before I was influenced to speak like an Englishman. Hahaha! Listen to Lea Salonga as she speaks with a British / Australian accent during interviews. I was actually amused.
Here’s Lea Salonga on her acceptance speech after winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1991.
I couldn’t call her pretentious because it really is contagious. And sometimes, you won’t even notice yourself speaking with an accent. (I always do though!)
My bucket list for next year? See Miss Saigon in London – – unless it comes to Broadway. It will be much cheaper. LOL!