Miss Saigon is a West End musical formed by Claude-Michel Schnberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics written by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It is freely related to Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and likewise tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman dumped by her American lover. The setting of the plot is relocated to the 1970s Saigon in between the Vietnam War, and Madame Butterfly's American Lieutenant and Japanese geisha coupling is replaced by a relation between an American GI and a Vietnamese bar girl. It released at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London on Sept., 20th, the year 1989, closing after 4,264 shows on Oct., 30th, the year 1999.
It started at the Broadway Theatre in the New York City in the year 1991. It then started in several other cities and went on tours. The musical shows Schonberg and Boublil's second main success, following Les Miserables in the year 1980. As of April the year 2009, Miss Saigon is still the 10th longest-running Broadway musical in the musical theatre history. Miss Saigon first showed in the West End at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on Sept., 20th, in the year 1989 and closed after 4,264 performances on Oct., 30th, the year 1999. The director was Nicholas Hytner with musical staging by Bob Avian and picturesque design by the John Napier.