Friday, May 24, 2013
Musical Theatre Friday
The brilliant Lea Salonga along with Sean McDermott on The Tonight Show singing "Last Night of the World" from Miss Saigon. Miss Saigon is currently playing at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis. The musical, based on the opera Madame Butterfly, tells the story of Kim, a Vietnamese bargirl, and Chris, an American GI, during the fall of Saigon at the close of the Vietnam war. Salonga (who has been featured here several times on Musical Theatre Fridays) originated the role of Kim in the West End and also on Broadway. This song occurs on the night before the city falls to the North Vietnamese. Interestingly, this musical was a collaboration of the same creative team that produced Les Miserables.