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The girl who would be Kim

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EVA NOBLEZADA did a lot of character analyses on Kim,  “to color her personality, culture and background.” photo by Matthew Murphy

And it has happened again. Twenty-five years after the first worldwide search for Kim in 1989, for the original production of “Miss Saigon,” another one was held to find another young lady to play that same role for the revival of that same show. The list of similarities between the two young ladies is eerie. To start with, they are the same height (5’ 3”) and share the same zodiac sign (Pisces) and a love for video games.

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This is the hour: ‘Saigon’ cast, old and new, together

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SCENES FROM A GALA (clockwise from far left): Jonathan Pryce passes red jacket to Jon Jon Briones; two Engineers in the “American Dream” number; Rachelle Ann Go and the author sing a duet; past and present principals take centerstage. Photos by  Richard Davenport

Over the weekend, perhaps because of the tiredness from Manila catching up to me, plus the work we’ve been putting in for the gala today, my body was starting to feel a bit run down.

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A night to end all ‘Saigon’ nights

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CLOCKWISE from left: Gala night tickets; Lea with Hugh Maynard (John the GI in new production); two pairs of Chrises and Kims change partners for anniversary gala—Alistair Brammer and Lea (left), Eva Noblezada and Simon Bowman (right); Lea with the current company, including Rachelle Ann Go, foreground, and Jon Jon Briones, second row, left.  FROM PINKY AMADOR’S TWITTER ACCOUNT

First, a correction: In Wednesday’s column, I mistakenly said it was Geoffrey Garratt who flew in from New York; it was actually John Rigby (music supervisor). He (Rigby) and Laurence Connor were there for “The Phantom of the Opera” auditions. Moving on…

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‘Miss Saigon’ family reunion

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CHRISES and Kims, then and now: (From left) Simon Bowman, the author, Alistair Brammer and Eva Noblezada

It was the family reunion to end all family reunions. Members of generations past, both distant and recent, plus those of the present, came together, sharing different stories that were somehow the same.

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Going blind anew for ‘The Voice 2’

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And here we go again! My fellow coaches—Apl.de.ap, Bamboo, and Sarah Geronimo—and I just concluded another round of Blind Auditions for “The Voice of the Philippines.”

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