The World Premiere of Miss Saigon’s 25th Anniversary with Cast Reunion Comes to U.S. Cinemas for One Night This Fall
This Spectacular Production, Staged in London’s West End by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Comes to Life on the Big Screen September 22 Only, Including Exclusive Performances by Members of the Original Cast
DENVER – August 23, 2016 – The heat is on in Saigon as the famed re-telling of Madame Butterfly flies into movie theaters nationwide in celebration of its 25th anniversary this fall. “Miss Saigon: The 25th Anniversary Performance” makes its world premiere in U.S. cinemas on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. local time, presented by Fathom Events, Universal Pictures and PictureHouse Entertainment. The spectacular, sell-out performance of the global sensation is produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh and features a special finale in which the 25th anniversary cast is joined on stage by original cast members Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman.
Tickets for “Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 200 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“Remarkably, the emotional performances of this wonderful cast in close-up seems entirely natural as if they were being shot for the cinema rather than being performed in a 1,700-seat theatre. The clarity of the sound and the sweeping music makes this passionate story even more intensely thrilling and moving on the screen,” Mackintosh said.
The acclaimed new staging of Boublil and Schönberg’s Miss Saigon was one of the most highly-anticipated musical events the West End had seen in recent years. Smashing box office records and winning numerous awards, it was described by The Daily Telegraph as “the most thrilling, soaring and emotionally stirring musical which speaks afresh to our times” and by The Daily Mail as “the greatest musical of all time.” The famously epic love story tells the tragic tale of young Vietnamese bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.
Captured in front of a live audience at the sell-out 25th anniversary performance at London’s Prince Edward Theatre on 22 September 2014, “Miss Saigon: The 25th Anniversary Performance” gives cinema-goers front row seats to the incredible event which saw more than 20,000 people attempt to book seats within the first five minutes of release. The extraordinarily talented cast includes Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Hugh Maynard as John, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi.
“Miss Saigon has thrilled thousands since its very first 1991 Broadway run, and this top-notch performance from the 25th anniversary celebration is no exception,” Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh said. “Fathom is so proud to bring this amazing production to the big screen for the worldwide premiere so audiences can get a front row experience. It is a flagship program in our effort to bring more Broadway offerings to fans across the U.S. and the world.”
Marc Allenby, Director of Distribution for PictureHouse Entertainment commented, “It’s exciting to be working with Fathom Events on this exciting project and we believe audiences across the states will enjoy this very special production.”
Additionally, the acclaimed new production of the stage show will return to its original home in New York at the Broadway Theater beginning March 1, 2017. For more information, visit saigonbroadway.com.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions such as the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, sporting events like FS1 Presents USA v Mexico, concerts with Roger Waters and One Direction, the TCM Presents classic film series and faith-based events such as The Drop Box and Four Blood Moons. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 887 locations and 1,354 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About PictureHouse Entertainment
Picturehouse Entertainment is the distribution arm of Picturehouse Cinemas, the owner and operator of 23 Picturehouse Cinemas and programming agent for a further 42 venues across the UK.
Since its launch in 2010, Picturehouse Entertainment has worked with renowned British directors such as Shane Meadows and Ben Wheatley, and has distributed an eclectic range of theatrical releases including BAFTA winner The Imposter; award-winning docudrama 20,000 Days On Earth, featuring Nick Cave; 2015 BIFA winner Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance; and The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. 2016 has already seen the release of Green Room, starring Patrick Stewart; French dramedy Marguerite, based on the true story of singer Florence Foster Jenkins; and the second adaptation in the Department Q series, The Absent One. Recent film acquisitions have included Wiener-Dog, the latest comedy by Todd Solondz, and Jim Hosking’s debut comedy The Greasy Strangler.
About UPHE Content Group
Headquartered in London, UPHE Content Group is a repertoire centre of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, acquiring and producing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital platforms on a worldwide basis. UPHE Content Group is part of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, which is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.