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Miss Saigon documentary to be released on July 6

Miss Saigon, Prince Edward Theatre The West End production of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Miss Saigon’s return to the West End has been documented by Cameron Mackintosh, who claims it is the most “comprehensive” look at the staging of a West End musical.

The 65-minute programme, called The Heat Is Back On, will be released digitally and on DVD on July 6, and charts the entire process of bringing the Boublil and Schonberg show back to London after 15 years.

It follows the 2013 auditions for the revival, including discovering the production’s leading lady Eva Noblezada, and covers rehearsals, the show’s design, previews and opening night. It also includes insights into changes that were made to the show since it originally ran, and how the helicopter featured in the musical was redesigned for the new production.

Mackintosh told The Stage: “Having a camera crew watch every stage of the process over a long time meant we were able to get every single element of the show. We thought it would be interesting to not just showcase Miss Saigon, but to show the kind of work that goes into a big musical.”

He added: “Even people in our business have no idea what goes into a big musical.”

David Dolman, head of sales and marketing for Mackintosh, explained that he and Mackintosh had initially intended to create a 15-minute documentary that could be added on to a programme about the original West End show’s staging. But he said that they ended up with more footage than planned and decided to create an entirely new documentary.

“Because it was a very trusted crew and a very collaborative process putting it together, we had so much access to everything. We ended up with one of the most revealing documentaries about putting on a major musical,” he said.

He added that there is no “11th hour drama” in the documentary, because there had not been any while creating the show, and said: “What you get is something warm and fuzzy, and what looked like a joyful process, because it was.”

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