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David Humm Period 5 The Road To Miss Saigon In a crowded airport a mother is letting go of her daughter both of them in tears She is letting go because she knows that beyond the departure gates lie hope and opportunity for her daughter and nothing at all for herself This picture started everything for us said Shonberg of this one moment captured in time It was the motivation for Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boubil to create this theatrical legend that has continued to capture the hearts of Americans for more than ten years Holding the record for advanced sales at 36 million Miss Saigon has undoubtedly proved itself a raving success The show first opened in September 1989 in London and sprung to the stages of Broadway in April of 1991 with a top ticket price of 100 With an unparalleled creative team and a heart clinching story line Miss Saigon is one of the hottest tickets from Budapest to Tokyo The night that Les Miserables opened in London Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schonberg went to their producer Cameron Mackintosh with an idea This idea was to update the classic story of Madam Butterfly However the inspiration behind this project was not a Victor Hugo novel but this single photograph With Mackintoshs direction Boubils lyrics and Schonbergs music the idea evolved into one of the most anticipated events in theater history However these three mens careers leading up to the success of Miss Saigon should not be forgotten Cameron Mackintosh has produced hundreds of plays throughout his career 50 of these plays are currently in production including Les Miserables Cats The Phantom Of The Opera Oliver Martin Guerre Putting It Together and Miss Saigon So often called the producer of the 1980s and 1990s Mackintosh got his theatrical start at the age of fifteen as a stagehand for the play Oliver and first saw the stages of London
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