Filipino Talent Shines in Miss Saigon: Homegrown Star Takes Center Stage

In the upcoming Manila production of Miss Saigon, there’s another reason for theater enthusiasts to be excited. Local talent Kiara Dario has been cast in the role of Gigi, one of the bargirls competing for the coveted title of Miss Saigon.

Dario, who recently made a splash as the lead in Repertory Philippines’ Snow White and the Prince, has been recognized for her exceptional talent by receiving a nomination for Best Performer in a Musical at the BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards. This international tour of Miss Saigon will be Dario’s first foray onto the global stage, showcasing her remarkable abilities to a wider audience.

But Dario is not the only Filipino talent gracing the Miss Saigon cast. Abigail Adriano, a Filipino-Australian, will portray the role of Kim, while Seann Miley Moore, also of Filipino-Australian descent, will bring the character of the Engineer to life. Both Adriano and Moore are currently wowing audiences in the Australian production, which will conclude in February.

Miss Saigon’s Manila run will take place at The Theatre at Solaire from March 23, 2024, to May 5, 2024. With tickets now available for purchase, theatergoers have the opportunity to witness this captivating musical firsthand.

Created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, the masterminds behind the iconic Les Misérables, Miss Saigon takes inspiration from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly. Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the story follows an American GI soldier who falls in love with a bargirl during a fleeting period stationed in Saigon.

Throughout its history, Miss Saigon has received critical acclaim and numerous accolades. It was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards in 1989, with Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga winning Best Actor and Actress, respectively. At the Tony Awards in 1991, the musical garnered 11 nominations and took home three wins, including Best Actor for Pryce and Salonga.

With its record-breaking sales and acclaim in London, Miss Saigon made its way to Broadway and embarked on a highly successful US Tour. After a recently concluded run at the Sydney Opera House, the musical will now make its much-anticipated stop in Manila, a city deeply connected to the story and sentiment of the production.

Miss Saigon has always been a production that has resonated with Filipinos. Lea Salonga, a Filipino icon, originated the role of Kim in the West End and went on to portray her on Broadway. Her astounding talent and portrayal of Kim earned her the distinction of becoming the first Asian woman to win a Tony Award.

As the spotlight shines on Kiara Dario and her fellow Filipino cast members, the allure and impact of Miss Saigon in Manila promise to be an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss your chance to witness this extraordinary production that showcases the remarkable talent that the Philippines has to offer.

FAQ:

Q: Who is Kiara Dario and what role will she be playing in the Manila production of Miss Saigon?
A: Kiara Dario is a local talent who has been cast in the role of Gigi, one of the bargirls competing for the title of Miss Saigon.

Q: Has Kiara Dario received any recognition for her talent?
A: Yes, Kiara Dario recently received a nomination for Best Performer in a Musical at the BroadwayWorld Philippines Awards.

Q: Are there any other Filipino talents in the Miss Saigon cast?
A: Yes, Abigail Adriano and Seann Miley Moore, both of Filipino-Australian descent, are also part of the cast. Abigail Adriano will be playing the role of Kim, while Seann Miley Moore will be portraying the character of the Engineer.

Q: When and where will the Manila run of Miss Saigon take place?
A: The Manila run of Miss Saigon will take place at The Theatre at Solaire from March 23, 2024, to May 5, 2024.

Q: What is the background and storyline of Miss Saigon?
A: Miss Saigon is a musical created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly. The story is set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and follows an American GI soldier who falls in love with a bargirl in Saigon.

Q: Has Miss Saigon received any awards or acclaim?
A: Yes, Miss Saigon has received critical acclaim and numerous accolades. It was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards in 1989 and won Best Actor and Actress for Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga. It also garnered 11 Tony Award nominations in 1991, with Pryce and Salonga winning Best Actor and Actress.

Q: What is the significance of Miss Saigon to Filipinos?
A: Miss Saigon has resonated with Filipinos as Lea Salonga, a Filipino icon, originated the role of Kim in the West End and on Broadway. She became the first Asian woman to win a Tony Award for her portrayal of Kim.

Q: Where can I purchase tickets for the Manila production of Miss Saigon?
A: Tickets for the Manila production of Miss Saigon are now available for purchase.