Cameron Mackintosh thrilled with Go as Gigi
MANILA - Hours after the cast of the West End revival of "Miss Saigon" was announced Friday, the producers of the well-loved musical released a video showing the audition reel of its new stars.
The eight-minute video featured the audition tapes of Filipino talents Rachelle Ann Go and Jonjon Briones, as well as Eva Noblezada, who is reportedly Filipino-American.
"Miss Saigon" producer Cameron Mackintosh, in the video, said he is thrilled to have Go take on the role of Gigi, a hardened bar girl originally portrayed by Filipino Isay Alvarez.
Go's audition tape showed her performing "The Movie in My Mind."
"One of the most important small roles in 'Miss Saigon' is the role of Gigi," Mackintosh said, "because she has the first big moment of the show."
"I'm really thrilled that we have found one of the leading star talents in the Philippines at the moment. She's a major, major recording artist and star in television. [She is] a beautiful, beautiful girl with an amazing voice to play Gigi," he added.
Referring to Noblezada who bagged the lead role of Kim, Mackintosh said, "She was discovered doing a high school concert in New York."
"Even if she has not done any shows, except in high school, I think she's a wonderfully natural actress," he said.
The producer also mentioned Briones' past role in the 1989 original production in explaining why they picked him to play the Engineer.
"He got to work with the original Jonathan Price," Mackintosh said. "It's marvelous that we have right now, the perfect Asian performer."
Other members of the “Miss Saigon” cast include Alistair Brammer as Chris, Hugh Maynard as John, and Tamsin Carroll as Ellen