Miss Saigon Crosses the Atlantic With One of Charlotte’s Own!
The 2013 Blumey Award recipient Eva Noblezada will return to Charlotte, this time in her role as Kim in Cameron Macintosh’s Miss Saigon, and we couldn’t be more proud!
As a senior at the Northwest School of the Arts, Eva competed in Blumenthal’s 2013 High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as The Blumey Awards, at Belk Theater. Not only did she win an Award, but she also won a trip to New York City to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as The Jimmy Awards™. There, she was spotted by New York casting director Tara Rubin during a performance at the Minskoff Theatre in 2013.
Rubin was so moved by Eva’s talent that she set up an audition with Cameron Mackintosh, who was preparing his London revival of Miss Saigon. Several call-backs later with Mackintosh and the creative team, Eva was chosen to star as Kim, making her professional and West End debut in the show. She garnered unanimous critical acclaim for her performance and received the Whatsonstage Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Mackintosh announced that his acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon – a smash hit in London since its premiere there in May 2014 — will open on Broadway in the spring of 2017 at a Shubert theater to be announced. The Broadway return of Miss Saigon will feature its acclaimed London stars, Filipino-born and L.A. resident Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer and 19-year-old Charlotte native Eva as Kim. First performance and opening night dates will be announced at a later time. A major North American tour will launch in the fall of 2018 and will come to Charlotte in a future season.
Check out Eva’s performance of “I’d Give My Life For You” at the 2015 Olivier Awards:
Here’s what Mackintosh had to say about Miss Saigon:
“It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly 25 years since Miss Saigon first opened in New York, but if anything, the tragic love story of the show has become even more relevant today with the conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. This new production, directed by Laurence Connor, takes a grittier, more realistic approach than the original production while still delivering the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg’s tremendous score. Of all my shows, Miss Saigon is the one that I have received the most requests from the public to bring back, and I am thrilled that Broadway audiences will get to see this tremendous new production that audiences and critics in London have embraced since it opened last year. And I am delighted that our wonderful London stars, Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada, will be bringing their stunning performances across the Atlantic.”
— Cameron Mackintosh
In February, Miss Saigon swept the board at the 2015 Whatsonstage.com awards winning a record-breaking nine awards, the most awards ever won by a single show in the 15-year history of the program. Awards included Best West End Show; Best Revival of a Musical; Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Eva Noblezada) and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Jon Jon Briones).
Check out this video to learn more about The Blumey Awards and to see Eva on stage at Belk Theater, just before her professional career took off: