Kwang-Ho Hongin Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre
Korean Musical Theatre Actor Taking on the Role of Thuy in the Upcoming West End Production
Miss Saigon was first announced as an upcoming West End show last summer and since then details have been trickling through about the production, from the revelation that it would be appearing at the Prince Edward Theatre in May 2014 to the casting announcement in November that revealed names like Eva Noblezada and Jon Jon Briones, among others.
Now another name has been added to the cast list and this will see one of the biggest names in Korean musical theatre make his way to the West End. Kwang-Ho Hun will portray Thuy in the production, the cousin of Noblezada’s Kim, and it will be the first time that those with theatre tickets have seen the performer on a West End stage.
Kwang-Ho Hung has appeared in an array of shows in Korea and these have included performances of shows very familiar to western audiences. He previously appeared in Miss Saigon at the Seongnam Arts Centre in Korea in 2006 and his career has also seen him appear in productions of Music Of The Night, The Phantom of the Opera, See What I Wanna See and Sweeney Todd, among others. Add to this some roles on the big screen and it is easy to see why this is big news for the upcoming West End production.
Miss Saigon transposes the events of Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly to the Vietnam War, focusing on a story set amongst the American occupation of Saigon. It is here that we meet Kim, the nightclub worker who falls in love with an American GI called John (Hugh Maynard). Other characters include the mentioned Thuy, plus Kim’s employer ‘The Engineer’ in what is a hugely famous musical.
The show also continues songs such as The Morning Of The Dragon, Fall Of Saigon and The Movie In My Mind, among others.
The Prince Edward Theatre is currently the home of Jersey Boys, which transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre in March, and welcomes Miss Saigon from Wednesday 21st May 2014 (previews from Saturday 3rd May 2014), and is initially booking to Saturday 25th October 2014.