Frequent question: What is Miss Saigon based on?

What is the story behind Miss Saigon?

Miss Saigon tells the story of Chris, an American male GI, who falls in love with Kim, a young Vietnamese orphan who works as a bar-girl and prostitute. When the city falls, the lovers are separated and Chris eventually returns to the U.S. Years later, Chris returns to Bangkok with his American wife, Ellen.

What is the theatrical form of Miss Saigon?

Miss Saigon is an epic, daring musical that is universal in its emotional power. The sung-through, pop-inflected score gives a multi-ethnic cast of strong singers ample opportunities to shine. Meanwhile, its fluid cinematic structure gives directors and designers a field day.

Why did Saigon change its name?

In 1975, the North of Vietnam won the war and changed the name of Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City, in honour of the prime minister, a revolutionary leader of the communist party. The name change was not voluntary on the part of those living in the South; it was a statement of the North’s success.

What is the meaning of Saigon?

• SAIGON (noun) Meaning: A city in South Vietnam; formerly (as Saigon) it was the capital of French Indochina. Classified under: Nouns denoting spatial position.

Why does Kim shoot herself in Miss Saigon?

Riddled with guilt, he returns to Vietnam with his wife to meet the kid. The new wife refuses to take in the child, leaving her with one option: to kill herself so they have to accept the son.

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Did Miss Saigon win any Tonys?

The production played 19 previews and 4,092 performances before closing January 28, 2001. The musical earned 11 Tony Award nominations and won three, most notably with Lea Salonga becoming the first Asian performer to win a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.