For the first time ever on a Maui stage, MAPA LIVE! will present the daring musical "Miss Saigon" two weekends only at Maui Arts & Cultural Center's (The MACC) Castle Theater.
One of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, "Miss Saigon" is both a stunning theatrical spectacle and a deeply personal love story. Amidst the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese bar girl fall in love, only to become separated during the confusion of the fall of Saigon.
Produced by the company that brought the epic sensation "Les Miserables" to Maui last summer, "Miss Saigon" is a timeless story of loss and love, a scathing indictment of the shattering devastation of war and a moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.
Sharon Zalsos portrays Kim and Ricky Jones plays Chris in MAPA LIVE’s production of “Miss Saigon.
Photo: Jack Grace
"The success of our production of 'Les Miserables' showed us that Maui audiences are hungry for high-quality, Broadway-caliber productions featuring local talent," said MAPA Executive and Artistic Director David C. Johnston. "We are honored to bring 'Miss Saigon'--a tale of passion, courage and sacrifice--to Maui audiences for the first time."
A modern adaptation of Puccini's "Madame Butterfly," "Miss Saigon" was created by the writers of "Les Miserables--Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg with Richard Maltby Jr., who were initially inspired by a haunting photo of a young child caught between cultures during the Vietnam War.
An international sensation for the past 25 years, "Miss Saigon" is "a triumphantly vibrant, courageous work of musical theater," according to the Chicago Tribune. With its rich, melodious score, the show has won 30 major theatre awards, including three Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critics Circle Awards.
MAPA LIVE's 45-member cast features a treasure trove of Maui talent, including Sharon Zalsos as Kim, Ricky Jones as Chris, Kepa Cabanilla-Aricayos as the engineer, Neil Clevenger as John, Leighanna Locke as Ellen, Barry Kawakami as Thuy and Hoku Pavao as Gigi.
Music direction is by Gary Shin-Leavitt, choreography by Andre Morissette, scenic design by Dan Hays and lighting design by Mark Astrella.
A 25-piece live orchestra brings the score to life.
"Miss Saigon" opens Friday, Aug. 15, and will run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. through Sunday, Aug. 24.
On Sunday, Aug. 17, audience members are invited to stay for "AfterWords," a dialogue with members of the artistic team and cast immediately following the matinee.
For more information about the production, contact MAPA at (808) 244-8760 or visit www.mauiacademy.org.
Tickets are $15 to $65 (plus applicable fees) and available through The MACC Box Office: www.mauiarts.org or (808) 242-SHOW (7469).