#TheaterPH - Another Filipino in Miss Saigon UK Tour 2017

Christian Rey Marbella will playing as alternate engineer alongside another Filipino actor Red Concepcion. He's been part of the touring group since 2006. Sharing more fun facts about our fellow kababayan.

Dance Background: Queen City Chamber Ballet, Cebu City, Philippines.

Theater Productions: LunTha in The King and I ( Newport Performing Arts Theater Manila, Philippines and The Village Theater Washington, U.S.A. ) ; Ravana in Ballet Philippines' production of Rama Hari 2012 ( Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila ); Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar ( The Village Theater, Washington U.S.A. ); The Full Monty; Show Boat; Beauty and The Beast ( all for The Village Theater, Washington U.S.A. ) and Cinderella ( Newport Performing Arts Theater Manila, Philippines ) just to name a few.

Other work includes: Schonberg and Boublil's :Do You Hear The People Sing (A Benefit Concert at the Newport Performing Arts Theater Manila, Philippines); Friends in Music ( The Peninsula Hong Kong's 85th Anniversary Celebration ); West End Benefit Concert ( Cebu City, Philippines ); Special Guest Artist : 4th of July Celebration of the American Chamber of Commerce Cebu Chapter ( Marriott Hotel Cebu, Philippines ).

Christian Rey is no stranger to touring closing the 2nd U.K. TAM Tour in 2006 playing Thuy. He is ecstatic for his next tour of duty and to be continuing his journey with Miss Saigon, after doing it in 5 different productions ( Manila, Asian Tour, 1st U.K. Tour, 2nd U.K. Tam Tour and the West End London Revival 2016 (as Alternate Engineer).

MISS SAIGON tells the story of young bar girl named Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with Chris, an American GI – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Alain Boublil, with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler. 

The new production is directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. Production design is by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux; costume design by Andreane Neofitou; lighting design by Bruno Poet; sound design by Mick Potter; and orchestrations by William David Brohn.

Since its London premiere in 1989, Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s epic musical MISS SAIGON has become one of the most successful musicals in history. 

The original Broadway production of MISS SAIGON opened on April 11, 1991 with what was the largest advance sale in Broadway history ($37 million). The show went on to play for nearly ten years and 4,063 performances seen by more than 5.9 million people. MISS SAIGON has been performed in 28 countries, over 300 cities in 15 different languages, has won over 40 awards including 2 Olivier Awards, 3 Tony Awards, and 4 Drama Desk Awards and been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.

Here is the schedule: Curve Leicester - 3 July –  22 July 2017; Birmingham Hippodrome - 26 July – 23 September 2017; Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin - 4 October - 18 November; Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff - 29 November 2017 – 6 January 2018;  Festival Theatre Edinburgh - 17 January – 17 February 2018; Mayflower Southampton - 21 February – 17 March 2018.

Special thanks to Mr. Toots Tolentino for the information.


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