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Backstage chat with The Engineer

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“SAIGON” stars Eva Noblezeda (Kim) and Jon Jon Briones (The Engineer) during the “Hunger Games” premiere party at the Victoria House, London

Jon Jon Briones looked fresh and relaxed in his spacious dressing room at London’s Prince Edward Theatre despite having sang, danced and acted as The Engineer in “Miss Saigon” just a few minutes before. In The Engineer’s red-and-black jacket and pants, the actor earlier acknowledged the audience’s cheers and standing ovation for him and the rest of the cast. He has changed into a brown half-zip jacket, red shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes and warmly received us.

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Doors that ‘Saigon’ opened for Rachelle

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Her “Miss Saigon” character Gigi opened the door to “amazing” opportunities for Rachelle Ann Go.

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No foolproof formula for success

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“THE LION KING.” Has become the most financially successful multimedia production ever mounted.

Showbiz circles are agog over the “breaking” news that “The Lion King” has become the most financially successful multimedia production ever mounted, with a total gross of more than $6.2 billion (and still counting)!

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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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