Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub, owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as “The Engineer.” John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night—a night that will change their lives forever. View Comments Why not, God? Why not? Mega producer Cameron Mackintosh is toying with bringing the new London production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s Miss Saigon to Broadway next year. According to The New York Times, the decision depends on theater availability and critical reception across the pond. The West End revival, now in previews, is set to open on May 21 at the Prince Edward Theatre. The tuner would reportedly play Toronto first prior to coming to the Great White Way (much like the current Broadway revival of Les Miserables). Mackintosh, whose musical blockbuster credits include Les Miz, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, told the Times that while plans at this time are “only speculative gossip,” he would consider bringing the tuner to both cities “if it proves to be the success it’s shaping up to be.” He added, noting various scheduled international projects and the technical demands that the production requires (namely, a helicopter), “lining up a theater and production slot is going to be very difficult.” The current London production, under the direction of Laurence Connor, stars Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer; joining them are Kwang-Ho Hong, Tamsin Carroll, Hugh Maynard and Rachelle Ann Go. The original production of Miss Saigon opened on Broadway in 1991 and ran for ten years.
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World football-governing body, FIFA, has appointed Gambian official, Bakary Papa Gassama as the Referee for next week’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Ethiopia in Calabar.Gassama, 34, became an international referee in 2007 and has officiated several high-profile qualifying matches and at tournaments.AssistantsThe Gambian will be assisted by Angesom Ogbamariam (Assistant Referee 1) from Eritrea, who was born in 1971 and had been an international assistant referee since 1999.Felicien Kabanda from Rwanda, 42 and who has been an international assistant referee for 11 years, will be Assistant Referee 2.The 4th Official is Maudo Jallow, born in 1979 and who has been an international referee for the past four years. He is Gambian. AssessorFIFA also appointed renowned Senegalese official Badara Sene as Referee Assessor and CAF Executive Committee member, Moucharafou Anjorin of Benin Republic as Match Commissioner.David Sabir from Bermuda is the Security Officer.Nigeria won the first leg 2-1 in Addis Ababa on October 13 and the African champions are favoured to conclude the fixture in their favour next week, to book one of Africa’s tickets to Brazil for the biggest football festival on earth next year summer.
Manchester City striker Edin Džeko has emerged as a summer target for Italian giants Napoli, according to The Express.Borussia Dortmund had been thought to be the frontrunners to land the Bosnian international but Napoli have reportedly made an early approach to steal him from under the noses of the Champions League finalists.Both clubs are preparing to lose their star strikers this summer with Robert Lewandowski thought to be heading to either Manchester United or Bayern Munich whilst Edinson Cavani is a target for Manchester City and PSG.Džeko is valued by City at around £24 million, a fee that surprised the German side, but Napoli are apparently keen to press ahead to take the 27-year-old to the San Paolo.The Serie A side are also thought to be running the rule over Cagliari striker Davide Astori, but bizarrely aren’t ready to meet the Sardinian side’s £10 million valuation.Džeko has had a mixed time in Manchester since joining from Wolfsburg in 2011 for a fee of £27 million.He has bagged 38 goals in just over 100 appearances but he’s never been able to fully establish himself in the side with Roberto Mancini preferring Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez ahead of him.(source: caughtoffside)