Each year choosing the St Joseph Regional Musical is an extremely difficult task. There are so many factors that are considered, and following the success of recent years and the fact that we have so many talented, lead-worthy male students, the musical chosen needs to be a very special show. I looked over many musicals to determine if they met this criteria while being a good fit for the talented students we have this year. One musical that kept coming to mind has recently had an incredible revival in London, breaking all box office records for the most advanced tickets sales of any show ever in London. This success has lead most people to believe that this show will be coming to Broadway in the spring of 2015 and will prevent schools in the metropolitan area from performing it for a number of years. So the time is now, to perform one of the greatest musicals of all time.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to MISS SAIGON.
The original productions of MISS SAIGON ran for over 4,000 performances in London and then ran for over 4,000 performances on Broadway, making it of the longest running Broadway Musicals in musical theater history. Written by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alan Boublil, two guys who wrote another pretty successful show called LES MISERABLES, is based on Puccini’s opera MADAME BUTTERFLY and tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The setting of the plot is located in the 1970’s Saigon during the Vietnam War. MISS SAIGON has been performed by twenty seven companies in twenty five countries and it has been translated into twelve different languages.
We are so proud that the first ever non-professional production of MISS SAIGON was in 2006 at St Joseph Regional HS where we were given the opportunity to pilot this show to see if it could work within a high school theater program. A number of lyrics used in the present version of MISS SAIGON (School Edition) were written by the cast of the St Joe’s 2006 production. The success of our production led MTI to fully license MISS SAIGON so non-professional theater companies could do produce this show.
I am so thrilled that we will be bringing one of the great musicals of all time to St Joe's with so many talented students performing in it.
With a show like MISS SAIGON, we have the opportunity to really “WOW” people and perform something very memorable. With the enormous number of talented students coupled with our incredible production team: Ed, Frank, Neil, Tammy, Thomasina, Roger, Curtis and Steve, the 2014-2015 St Joseph Regional HS Musical MISS SAIGON has the chance to be one of best St Joe's musicals of all time.
I hope you are off to a good start to the school year and I look forward to beginning the exciting journey of MISS SAIGONwith you. - John
John T Asselta
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Thank you and we look forward to you joining us as we create more magic on the St Joe’s stage.