Miss Saigon Comes to Central Georgia
November 11, 2005

Denise Cook
(478) 301-2933
 
Mercer Ticket Sales:
(478) 301-5470

The national tour of Miss Saigon will make its Macon premiere at The Grand Opera House, a performing arts center of Mercer University, Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 19-20. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Tickets range from $38-$42 and can be purchased through Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or online at thegrand.mercer.edu.
 
In conjunction with this event, Cox Communications will air the television special "On The Road to Miss Saigon" in Central Georgia on cable channel WCOX15, Locals Only. This "behind-the-scenes" documentary features audition and rehearsal footage, interviews with cast and creative team and show footage from the tour. The show is scheduled to run until Nov. 25 as follows:
Tuesday            7-7:30 p.m.
Thursday           8:30-9 p.m.
Friday               9- 9:30 p.m.
Saturday           5-5:30 p.m.
 
Created by the writers of Les Misérables, Miss Saigon is one of the most popular musicals of all time. Set in 1975 during the final days leading up to the American evacuation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is the story of two young lovers torn apart by the fortunes of destiny and held together by a burning passion and the fate of a small child.  This musical, with its soaring melodies and powerful emotions, has captured hearts–and awards–around the world. 
 
 Miss Saigon is written by Alain Boublil (book, lyrics and original French lyrics), Claude-Michel Schönberg (book and music) and Richard Maltby, Jr. (lyrics), and was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, in September 1989. Subsequently, the production opened on Broadway in April 1991 with three North American Companies following.
 
Miss Saigon is directed by Mitchell Lemsky, who previously served as Associate Director of Miss Saigon for the Broadway and U.S. Touring productions, as well as productions in Canada, Germany and Japan. Musical staging is provided by Jodi Moccia, who previously served as Associate Choreographer for the Broadway, U.S. Touring and Toronto productions of Miss Saigon.
 
The Broadway production of Miss Saigon received eleven Tony Award nominations in 1991, including "Best Musical," and won three. Miss Saigon also received the Outer Critics' Circle Award for "Best Musical."  The London production of Miss Saigon received "Best Musical" honors from The Evening Standard Awards and the London Theatre Critics Circle Awards.

The seventh longest running show in Broadway history, and one of the greatest stage successes ever, Miss Saigon has grossed more than $1.7 billion worldwide and won 30 awards. Internationally, Miss Saigon has been performed in 18 countries in nine different languages, and has been seen by more than 31 million people worldwide. More than 13.2 million people in North America have seen Miss Saigon.
 
In addition, Miss Saigon will be the biggest touring show to perform at The Grand Opera House. Now you can feel the heat, discover the excitement, and give your heart to this award-winning classic love story.
 
The Grand Opera House, a performing arts center of Mercer University, is a historical 1,000-seat theatre located in downtown Macon, Ga. The Grand brings the very best in live, professional performing arts and entertainment to Central Georgia. In addition to its popular Broadway Series of nationally-touring productions and its GrandKids Arts Education Series for elementary, middle and high school students, The Grand hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. It is also home to the Macon Symphony Orchestra and The Nutcracker of Middle Georgia. For a complete schedule of upcoming performances, contact Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or visit thegrand.mercer.edu.
 
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