Pressekonferenz MISS SAIGON 005 © Stefanie J. Steindl© Stefanie J. Steindl

MISS SAIGON cast presentation

premiere at 03. December 2021

16.06.2021

MISS SAIGON, Cameron Mackintosh’s powerful and poignant international hit musical will have its first ever run in Vienna from November 2021 onwards. Christian Struppeck, the VBW’s Artistic Director of Musicals, brings this famous musical by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg (LES MISÉRABLES) to Austria in a spectacular new production that marks the grand re-opening of the Raimund Theater. At a press conference today he presented the production and its soloists to the media.

A top-notch cast for Vienna

For the new Raimund Theater’s first major long run production the VBW have engaged a first-class cast: newcomers Vanessa Heinz and audience favourite Oedo Kuipers (MOZART!) take on the roles of Kim and Chris. Christian Rey Marbella gives his Vienna debut at the Raimund Theater as the Engineer after playing the role in the production’s tour of the UK and Ireland. John is played by musical theatre star Gino Emnes (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR / Vienna, THE GRAND VBW MUSICAL TV GALA) and Thuy by the opera singer and musical theatre performer James Park (PETER GRIMES). Abla Alaoui (DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES / Vienna) returns to Vienna and the VBW for MISS SAIGON as Ellen, while Annemarie Lauretta (Disney’s ALADDIN) gives her VBW debut as Gigi.

Impressions: MISS SAIGON cast presentation June 16, 2021 at the Raimund Theater

Impressions: MISS SAIGON cast presentation

Soloists Our Stars

Vanessa Heinz © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Vanessa Heinz

Kim

Vanessa Heinz Kim

Vanessa Heinz © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Vanessa Heinz was born in Hong Kong and moved to Berlin with her family at the age of five. In 2018 she began her musical studies at the August Everding Theatre Academy in Munich, which she successfully completed in 2021. During this time, Vanessa performed as Tinkerbell in the musical PETER PAN at the Prinzregententheater in Munich. In the same year, she won the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation's promotional prize at the German National Singing Competition and performed on stage for the prize-winners' concert at the Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin. In 2019 and 2020 she appeared in Green Day's musical AMERICAN IDIOT at the Prinzregententheater in Munich and the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck. In 2021 she was part of the directing project PALAST DES LÄCHELNS by Benjamin Truong at the Silbersaal of the Deutsches Theater in Munich and shortly afterwards appeared on stage in the play NACH DEM ENDE at the Academy Studio of the Theatre Academy. In the spring of 2021 she sang at the "Great Musical TV Concert" of the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien and appeared on stage for the first time at the reopening gala WE ARE MUSICAL at the Raimund Theater in September.

Oedo Kuipers © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Oedo Kuipers

Chris

Oedo Kuipers Chris

Oedo Kuipers © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Oedo Kuipers graduated from the Conservatory of Music Theatre in Tilburg in 2013. He then made his German debut in the role of Raoul in DAS PHANTOM DER OPER in Hamburg. His breakthrough came with the title role of the musical MOZART!, which he developed at the Raimund Theater in Vienna under the direction of Harry Kupfer and in close collaboration with Sylvester Levay and Michael Kunze, and later even had the opportunity to embody in Shanghai. He thrilled audiences with his portrayal of the leading role of Edward Whymper in the world premiere of the musical MATTERHORN in St. Gallen, as Hortensio in KISS ME, KATE and King Ludwig in LUDWIG2 in Füssen. Besides his engagements as a musical performer, Oedo has also recorded two albums, "Cover Art" and "Pure". Most recently he could be seen at the Hamburg State Opera in John Neumeier's creation BERNSTEIN DANCES, and as Jesus in Erik Petersen's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.

Christian Rey Marbella © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Christian Rey Marbella

Engineer

Christian Rey Marbella Engineer

Christian Rey Marbella © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Christian Rey Marbella is a musical performer, singer and dancer. He has performed in numerous musical productions in Asia, the UK and the USA, including Engineer and Thuy in MISS SAIGON, Luntha in THE KING AND I and Apostle Peter in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. His other engagements include Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, CINDERELLA, SHOWBOAT and THE FULL MONTY. Christian Rey Marbella has also appeared in several original Filipino musicals, such as CALAMBA JOE as the national hero Dr. José Rizal, 1896 - THE MUSICAL as Emilio Jacinto and the demon Ravana in the revival of RAMAHARI, 2012, and the Ballet Philippines 50th Anniversary Season.

Abla Alaoui © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Abla Alaoui

Ellen

Abla Alaoui Ellen

Abla Alaoui © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Abla Alaoui completed her training at the Joop van den Ende Academy and was engaged for the role of Mary Robert in SISTER ACT in Oberhausen before she even graduated. This was followed by the European premiere of Frank Wildhorn's BONNIE & CLYDE, for which she created the role of Bonnie. Abla made her Vienna debut in MOZART! at Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, where her roles included Cover Nannerl. Further engagements took her to the Frankenfestspiele as Betty Schaefer in SUNSET BOULEVARD, as well as to the Theater des Westens, where she was engaged again for the role of Mary Robert in the tour production of SISTER ACT, and at the same time to the Stadttheater Bielefeld, where she made a guest appearance as Trix in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. Afterwards she impersonated the role of Sarah (Cover) in DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES in Vienna, among others. This was followed by Lisa and alternately Sophie in the German, Austrian and Swiss tours of MAMMA MIA! as well as the role of Jenny in the Austrian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's ASPECTS OF LOVE in Vienna. Her most recent performance was as Charlotte Buff in GOETHE! at the Bad Hersfeld Festival in summer 2021.

Gino Emnes © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Gino Emnes

John

Gino Emnes John

Gino Emnes © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Gino Emnes received his training at the Conservatory of The Hague and the Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts in Amsterdam. His previous engagements include the role of Tyron Jackson in FAME, Benny in RENT and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER in Utrecht. He was part of the premiere cast of Disney's KING OF THE LIONS in Hamburg, where he took on the role of Simba in 2001. Shortly afterwards he made his Austrian debut as Milton in AVENUE X. He then appeared as Ronny in HAIR in Switzerland, as Rum Tum Tugger in CATS in the Netherlands and as Seaweed J. Stubbs in Tecklenburg in HAIRSPRAY. His other engagements include Eddie in SISTER ACT, Apollo Creed in ROCKY - DAS MUSICAL, Dr. Frank N. Furter in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Judas in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at the Raimund Theatre and Lola in KINKY BOOTS in Hamburg. As Coalhouse Walker Jr. he was seen in RAGTIME at the Musiktheater Linz. For a gala in honour of Harvey Fierstein, Gino Emnes was on stage on Broadway. Most recently he portrayed Ike Turner in TINA - DAS MUSICAL in Hamburg and Utrecht.

James Park © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

James Park

Thuy

James Park Thuy

James Park © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

James Park was born in Korea and studied classical singing at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule Düsseldorf. After graduating, he became a member of the Opera Studio Niederrhein of the Krefeld-Mönchengladbach Theatre and took part in various opera and musical productions. These include DER ROSENKAVALIER, PETER GRIMES, DER BARBIER VON SEVILLA, HOFFMANNS ERZÄHLUNGEN, the operetta premiere of WÄR NUR DIE SEHNSUCHT NICHT SO GROSS, the baroque opera pastiche THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY, the crime musical DAS GEHEIMNIS DES EDWIN DROOD, LEND ME A TENOR! (OTELLO DARF NICHT PLATZEN) and MY FAIR LADY. For the production of DER GOLDENE DRACHE at the Krefeld Theatre, James was nominated as NRW's best young singer for his role of Young Asian by Opernwelt critic Regine Müller in "Welt am Sonntag". In addition to his operatic career, he can be heard as a soloist in concert, ensembles and choral formations.

Annemarie Lauretta © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Annemarie Lauretta

Gigi

Annemarie Lauretta Gigi

Annemarie Lauretta © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Annemarie Lauretta was born in Utrecht. In 2017 she completed her studies in musical theatre at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg, where she was taught by Edward Hoepelman, Marc Krone and Brigitte Odett, among others. Directly after her studies she went to Hamburg, where she impersonated the role of the fortune teller in Disney's ALADDIN at Stage Theater Neue Flora until the end of October 2018. Afterwards, Annemarie Lauretta appeared in SISTER ACT in Lucerne as Cover Deloris van Cartier and in the ensemble. This was followed by another engagement for Disney's ALADDIN, this time at the Stage Apollo Theater in Stuttgart, before she appeared in PRETTY WOMAN - DAS MUSICAL at the Stage Theater an der Elbe in Hamburg as cover Kit de Luca and Violetta and in the ensemble.

Ensemble Our Stars

Abla Alaoui © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Abla Alaoui

Ellen

Abla Alaoui Ellen

Abla Alaoui © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Abla Alaoui completed her training at the Joop van den Ende Academy and was engaged for the role of Mary Robert in SISTER ACT in Oberhausen before she even graduated. This was followed by the European premiere of Frank Wildhorn's BONNIE & CLYDE, for which she created the role of Bonnie. Abla made her Vienna debut in MOZART! at Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, where her roles included Cover Nannerl. Further engagements took her to the Frankenfestspiele as Betty Schaefer in SUNSET BOULEVARD, as well as to the Theater des Westens, where she was engaged again for the role of Mary Robert in the tour production of SISTER ACT, and at the same time to the Stadttheater Bielefeld, where she made a guest appearance as Trix in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. Afterwards she impersonated the role of Sarah (Cover) in DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES in Vienna, among others. This was followed by Lisa and alternately Sophie in the German, Austrian and Swiss tours of MAMMA MIA! as well as the role of Jenny in the Austrian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's ASPECTS OF LOVE in Vienna. Her most recent performance was as Charlotte Buff in GOETHE! at the Bad Hersfeld Festival in summer 2021.

Alexandra-Yoana Alexandrova © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Alexandra-Yoana Alexandrova

Ensemble / Cover ELLEN

Alexandra-Yoana Alexandrova Ensemble / Cover ELLEN

Alexandra-Yoana Alexandrova © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Alexandra-Yoana Alexandrova was born in Bulgaria. After her acting diploma, she studied Musical Entertainment Theatre at the MUK - Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien as well as Theatre, Film and Media Studies (Master, University of Vienna). She has appeared as Mina in DRACULA (Ulm), Cover Anja in ANASTASIA - DAS MUSICAL and in GHOST - DAS MUSICAL (Stage Palladium Stuttgart), in the 2nd season of "I Can See Your Voice" on RTL, as well as in TV commercials and films. In the musical DIE SCHNEEKÖNIGIN she embodied the title role in front of the Danish Queen. In 2020 she won gold in acting, silver in singing and bronze in modelling at the "World Championships Of Peforming Arts Virtual". She toured New York City as a soloist with the choir Lyspiger. Other engagements include: Vienna State Opera, Schauspielhaus Vienna, Sofia State Opera, Theater der Jugend/Vienna and Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein.

Erik Arenas © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Erick Arenas

Ensemble

Erick Arenas Ensemble

Erik Arenas © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Erick Arenas is a versatile performer who grew up in Cavite in the Philippines and later received his degree in AB-Technical Theatre from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde. Since his training, he has performed internationally as a performer and has appeared on stage in numerous musical productions. His engagements include the roles of Cliff and Madonna in WE WILL ROCK YOU, Eddie in the hit musical MAMMA MIA! and the role of Henry in the first national Philippine production of Disney's NEWSIES. He has also worked for Royal Caribbean Productions for almost a decade as a dancer, singer and aerialist on board nine cruise ships.

Arvid Assarsson © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Arvid Assarsson

Ensemble /Cover John

Arvid Assarsson Ensemble /Cover John

Arvid Assarsson © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Arvid Assarsson was born in Sweden and completed his musical training at the Ballet Academy in Gothenburg in 2013. His first engagement was on an Aida Cruises cruise ship, followed by performances in THE MAGICIAN OF OZ and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW in Gelsenkirchen, where he understudied Rocky. In 2016 he performed at Gothenburg Opera in HAIR, followed the following year by THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Back in Germany, he was engaged in 2019 for the role of Bill Calhoun in KISS ME, KATE at the Staatstheater Darmstadt. Most recently he appeared on stage at Theater Bonn in WEST SIDE STORY, where he played the lead role of Riff and understudied Action.

Nils Axelsson © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Nils Axelsson

Swing

Nils Axelsson Swing

Nils Axelsson © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Nils Axelsson is a Swedish musical performer and songwriter. He won the 2019 Broadway Dreams Scholarship and was awarded "Best Actor in a Musical" at the 2019 Broadway World Sweden Awards for his lead role as Mowgli in the arena tour of JUNGLEBOOK - THE MUSICAL. He also thrilled audiences as a musical sing-along host. In addition, he can be seen in various TV shows, commercials and films. His engagements include SISTER ACT at China Teatern in Stockholm, THE ADVENTURE OF ALADDIN of the Swedish Arena Tour, the role of Tripp in THE MAGIC FLUTE 2.0, the play SPEAK LOUDER KAREN, the Stockholm Tour of THE PERSONALIZED FREEDOM OF PRESS and THE CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS CONCERT in Stockholm. MISS SAIGON is his first production abroad.

Christopher Bolam © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Christopher Bolam

Ensemble

Christopher Bolam Ensemble

Christopher Bolam © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Christopher Bolam was born in the UK and performed Artful Dodger on stage as a child in the UK tour of OLIVER! He studied ballet and musical theatre at Hammond School in Chester, England. After his training he was seen in his homeland as Swing in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG and as the understudy Tin Man in THE WIZARD OF OZ. WE WILL ROCK YOU, HAIRSPRAY, ICH WAR NOCH NIEMALS IN NEW YORK and MAMMA MIA! brought him to Germany. He first appeared in Vienna as Cover Bert in Disney's MARY POPPINS. He performed in HINTERM HORIZONT and ROXY UND IHR WUNDERTEAM as well as in ALTAR BOYZ, where he created the role of Luke and the choreography. For the show OH WHAT A NIGHT! Christopher Bolam is responsible for the book and choreographies together with Michael Heller.

Vincent Bueno © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Vincent Bueno

Ensemble / Cover THUY

Vincent Bueno Ensemble / Cover THUY

Vincent Bueno © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Vincent Bueno is a native of Vienna with Filipino roots. He began making music as a child and accompanied his father, also a musician, to performances. After school, he attended the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität Wien (MUK) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Vincent Bueno became known to a large public through the ORF show "Musical! - Die Show", in which he emerged as the winner. In 2009 he took part in "Dancing Stars" and the "Starnacht am Wörthersee". On stage he could be admired as Chino in WEST SIDE STORY in Baden and Tyrol, Sky in MAMA MIA! at the Raimund Theatre, Chao Ling in MONSIEUR CLAUDE UND SEINE TÖCHTER (Kammerspiele Vienna, Sommernachtskomödie Rosenburg and Häbse Theater/CH) and as Chulalongkorn in THE KING I (Festspiele Stockerau). In 2021 he represented AUSTRIA at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. In his own studio he produces his own music as well as that of other artists.

Barbara Castka © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Barbara Castka

Ensemble / Cover ELLEN

Barbara Castka Ensemble / Cover ELLEN

Barbara Castka © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Barbara Castka was born in Vienna and completed her musical training at the Performing Academy and her dance training at the Ballet Academy of the Vienna State Opera. She gained her first stage experience in a Pasek & Paul concert at the Ronacher and as Morticia in RIGOR MORTIS at the Akzent Theatre. Her previous engagements include Graziella in WEST SIDE STORY and Luisa Vampa in DER GRAF VON MONTE CHRISTO at Felsenbühne Staatz, the revue DURCHWURSTELN ODER DURCHWURSCHTELN at Kabarett Simpl, JEKYLL & HYDE, PETER PAN, Gabrielle in CAN-CAN at Stadttheater Baden, and FRED ASTAIRE - EIN LEBEN FÜR DEN TANZ at Freie Bühne Wien. She performed in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and I AM FROM AUSTRIA at the Raimund Theatre and was most recently seen as Demeter in CATS at the Ronacher.

Cletus Chan © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Cletus Chan

Ensemble

Cletus Chan Ensemble

Cletus Chan © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Cletus Chan was born and raised in Hong Kong. He attended the University of Warwick where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Theatre and Performance Studies. He then continued his education at Guildford School of Acting where he graduated with a Masters in Musical Theatre. Cletus' recent engagements include a role in the ensemble of THE KING AND I at the London Palladium, Simon of Legree/Cover Chulalongkorn/LunTha in THE KING AND I in the UK and International Tour and Ching Ho in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at the Adelphi Theatre. He has also appeared as Eddie in MAMMA MIA!, as a Dancer/Aerialist in BLUE PLANET on a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship and in the ensemble and as Cover Widow Twankey in Disney's ALADDIN at the Orchard Theatre. His film credits include the recording of the musical THE KING AND I from the London Palladium.

Rachel Chan © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Rachel Chan

Ensemble / Cover KIM

Rachel Chan Ensemble / Cover KIM

Rachel Chan © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Rachel Chan was born in Singapore in 2001 and grew up as a third-culture child in Tianjin, Hong Kong and Vancouver, where she trained in the Professional Training Program for Dance at the Victoria Academy of Ballet. At 16, Rachel performed at Carnegie Hall as a prizewinner in the American Protégé International Vocal Competition. Notable shows she has performed in during her training include ONCE ON THIS ISLAND in the role of Ti Moune and WORKING: A MUSICAL. With MISS SAIGON she makes her professional debut in Vienna.

Chris Connor © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Chris Connor

Swing

Chris Connor Swing

Chris Connor © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Chris Connor received his education at the Performers College in Great Britain. After his graduation, various engagements led him through Europe. He has performed as Swing in GHOST - DAS MUSICAL at the Stage Palladium Theater in Stuttgart, as a dancer/aerialist in SPECTRA and in the ensemble of WE WILL ROCK YOU on a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship, and as Swing in STARLIGHT EXPRESS at the Starlight Express Theater in Bochum. Other productions include CINDERELLA, where he was seen as a skater and in the ensemble at the Bristol Hippodrome, ROBINSON CRUSOE at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton and PIPE DREAM at the Union Theatrein London, where he portrayed the role of Eddie. In addition, he can be seen as a dancer in TV and commercials, including for "Boss Tea", in the music video "Like A Drug" for singer Adam Tyler, and in the recording of "BBC Eastenders - Children in Need".

Divine Cresswell © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Divine Cresswell

Swing

Divine Cresswell Swing

Divine Cresswell © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Divine Cresswell trained at Performers College in London and has subsequently appeared in productions such as THE WEDDING SINGER at Daegu Opera House as Swing/Cover Linda, in MISS SAIGON on the UK and International tours as Swing, in SOUTH PACIFIC at Cadogan Hall in London as Liat, in STARLIGHT EXPRESS WORKSHOP at The Other Palace as Joule/Hip Hopper 3 and in the UK tour of WONDERLAND as Dormouse. Other roles included Oompa Loompa/ Cover Violet and Veruca in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Vicki in English Touring Theatre's EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE workshop, and the title role in SNOW WHITE at the Grand Pavillion in Porthcawl and ensemble/second cast Fairy Firefly in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK in Glasgow. Divine Cresswell will also be featured in "Matilda - The Musical Movie" on Netflix, due out next year.

Jev Davis © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Jev Davis

Ensemble

Jev Davis Ensemble

Jev Davis © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Jev Davis completed his training at the Urdang Academy in London. He then worked for three years with Crystal Cruises, on THE SOUND OF MUSIC Australian tour and as a dancer with the American iLuminate Group. In 2018 he appeared on stage for the first time in German-speaking countries as Cesar in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER in Schwäbisch Hall. This was followed by engagements in DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES as the understudy Black Vampire at the Theater des Westens in Berlin, in ICH WAR NOCH NIEMALS IN NEW YORK as Swing at the Thunerseespielen and in WEST SIDE STORY as Diesel at the Staatstheater Nürnberg. Most recently he was seen as Rusty Charlie and Dance Captain in GUYS AND DOLLS at the Graz Opera.

Leon de Graaf © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Leon De Graaf

Ensemble / Cover ENGINEER

Leon De Graaf Ensemble / Cover ENGINEER

Leon de Graaf © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Leon de Graaf received his training at the Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts in Amsterdam. Since then he has appeared in JEANS as a soloist (NL tour); in BILLY ELLIOT - THE MUSICAL in the ensemble, as Cover Tony and Assistant Dance Captain at Stage Entertainment NL; in EVITA as Swing/Assistant Dance Captain at Vereinigte Bühnen Wien and in FOOTLOOSE as Lyle in Amstetten. Other engagements include Mika Coast/Cover Paul in A CHROUS LINE (NL tour) Swing in BILLY ELLIOT - THE MUSICAL (UK tour), Jimmy in GRAND HOTEL at Stadttheater Baden, Ensemble/Cover Aladdin, Iago and Omar in Disney's ALADDIN in Hamburg/Stuttgart, Mr. Z/Ensemble in EIN AMERIKANER IN PARIS at Landestheater Linz and Chino in WEST SIDE STORY at Staatstheater Nürnberg. He was also the choreographer of DER ZAREWITSCH in Bad Ischl.

Elies de Vries © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Elies De Vries

Ensemble

Elies De Vries Ensemble

Elies de Vries © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Elies de Vries was born and raised in the Netherlands. In 2019 she graduated from the Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts. During her studies she worked with choreographers such as Anthony Burrel (choreographer of Mariah Carey), Ashley Wallen (choreographer of "The Greatest Showman") and Lloyd Culbreath (of "The Verdon Fosse Legacy"). This was followed by her first engagement in DRS. DOWN! where she was part of the ensemble on stage. Elies de Vries also worked as a dancer with the "Ladies of Soul" at the Ziggodome in Amsterdam.

Gino Emnes © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Gino Emnes

John

Gino Emnes John

Gino Emnes © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Gino Emnes received his training at the Conservatory of The Hague and the Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts in Amsterdam. His previous engagements include the role of Tyron Jackson in FAME, Benny in RENT and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER in Utrecht. He was part of the premiere cast of Disney's KING OF THE LIONS in Hamburg, where he took on the role of Simba in 2001. Shortly afterwards he made his Austrian debut as Milton in AVENUE X. He then appeared as Ronny in HAIR in Switzerland, as Rum Tum Tugger in CATS in the Netherlands and as Seaweed J. Stubbs in Tecklenburg in HAIRSPRAY. His other engagements include Eddie in SISTER ACT, Apollo Creed in ROCKY - DAS MUSICAL, Dr. Frank N. Furter in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Judas in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at the Raimund Theatre and Lola in KINKY BOOTS in Hamburg. As Coalhouse Walker Jr. he was seen in RAGTIME at the Musiktheater Linz. For a gala in honour of Harvey Fierstein, Gino Emnes was on stage on Broadway. Most recently he portrayed Ike Turner in TINA - DAS MUSICAL in Hamburg and Utrecht.

Aynrand Ferrer © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Aynrand Ferrer

Ensemble / KIM (alternate)

Aynrand Ferrer Ensemble / KIM (alternate)

Aynrand Ferrer © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Aynrand Ferrer graduated from the UST Conservatory of Music in the Philippines in 2016 with a degree in Musical Theatre and also received classical voice lessons early in her studies. During her training, she appeared on stage in 2016 in the role of Carrie White in CARRIE: THE MUSICAL and began her professional career in MISS SAIGON on the UK and Ireland tour from 2017 to 2018 as First Cover Kim. She then reprised the role on the International Tour.

Roy Goldman © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Roy Goldman

Ensemble / Cover JOHN

Roy Goldman Ensemble / Cover JOHN

Roy Goldman © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Roy Goldman began his bachelor's degree in musical theatre at the Fontys Academy in 2014 and graduated in 2018. Roy received singing lessons from Edward Hoepelman, and in acting Marc Krone, Brigitte Odette and many others were his mentors. While still a student, Roy performed in various musicals, including Fedja in ANATEVKA, Javert in LES MISÉRABLES and Thomas Andrews in TITANIC - DAS MUSICAL. In Germany he was seen in Schwäbisch Hall as first cast Tony Manero in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, in FOOTLOOSE he was on stage as Chuck and Cowboy Bob and in KISS ME, KATE as Gremio and Hortensio in Darmstadt. In Bonn he was seen as Action and Cover Tony in WEST SIDE STORY, and at the Hamburg State Opera as a vocal soloist in BERNSTEIN DANCES.

Vanessa Heinz © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Vanessa Heinz

Kim

Vanessa Heinz Kim

Vanessa Heinz © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Vanessa Heinz was born in Hong Kong and moved to Berlin with her family at the age of five. In 2018 she began her musical studies at the August Everding Theatre Academy in Munich, which she successfully completed in 2021. During this time, Vanessa performed as Tinkerbell in the musical PETER PAN at the Prinzregententheater in Munich. In the same year, she won the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation's promotional prize at the German National Singing Competition and performed on stage for the prize-winners' concert at the Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin. In 2019 and 2020 she appeared in Green Day's musical AMERICAN IDIOT at the Prinzregententheater in Munich and the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck. In 2021 she was part of the directing project PALAST DES LÄCHELNS by Benjamin Truong at the Silbersaal of the Deutsches Theater in Munich and shortly afterwards appeared on stage in the play NACH DEM ENDE at the Academy Studio of the Theatre Academy. In the spring of 2021 she sang at the "Great Musical TV Concert" of the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien and appeared on stage for the first time at the reopening gala WE ARE MUSICAL at the Raimund Theater in September.

Mariana Hidemi © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Mariana Hidemi

Swing / Assistant Dance Captain

Mariana Hidemi Swing / Assistant Dance Captain

Mariana Hidemi © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Mariana Hidemi was born in Brazil and made her entrance into musical theater in 2008 with the musical AIDA. She then portrayed the role of Rumpelteazer in CATS and appeared on stage in the ensemble and as Cover Lisa in MAMMA MIA! and as Liz in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. For two years she was part of the ensemble of Disney's THE KING OF THE LIONS, followed by SISTER ACT and WE WILL ROCK YOU. She made her European debut in the ensemble of Disney's THE KING OF THE LIONS in the Netherlands. She then appeared as Young Anya and Cover Odette in ANASTASIA in Stuttgart. Her first European tour took her to many cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with the musical EIN AMERIKANER IN PARIS - starring Lise Dassin. Most recently she could be admired as Jet-Girl in WEST SIDE STORY at the Seefestspiele Mörbisch.

Fin Holzwart © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Fin Holzwart

Ensemble / Cover CHRIS

Fin Holzwart Ensemble / Cover CHRIS

Fin Holzwart © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Fin Holzwart was born in Schleswig-Holstein and completed his musical studies at the Institute of Music at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences in 2015. He has appeared in CATS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and KISS ME, KATE, among others, and was on stage as Riff in WEST SIDE STORY, Claude in HAIR and Cover Fred in ICH WAR NOCH NIEMALS IN NEW YORK. Other engagements include Nathan Leopold in THRILL ME, Kay in ARTUS-EXCALIBUR, Arthur Holmwood in DRACULA, Peter Pan in SHREK - THE MUSICAL, Robert in REBECCA, Babet in LES MISÉRABLES, Ren McCormack in FOOTLOOSE, Bobby in COMPANY as well as SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and MONTY PYTHONS SPAMALOT. Productions have taken Fin to the Theater Dortmund, the Theater Osnabrück, the Alte Schauspielhaus Stuttgart, the Staatstheater Darmstadt, the Bonn Opera and the Seefestspiele Mörbisch.

Jiho Hwang © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Jiho Hwang

Ensemble

Jiho Hwang Ensemble

Jiho Hwang © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Jiho Hwang was born in Korea and studied opera singing at the Catholic University of Korea. He completed his compulsory military service with the Police Band of Korea. Afterwards he was drawn to the world of musicals and began his musical studies at the International Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Jiho Hwang has already appeared on stage as a singer and actor in various plays, and with MISS SAIGON he makes his professional theatre debut.

Patrick Jeremy © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Patrick Jeremy

Ensemble / Cover ENGINEER

Patrick Jeremy Ensemble / Cover ENGINEER

Patrick Jeremy © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Australian artist Patrick Jeremy has enjoyed performing in musical theatre and opera around the world, from his hometown the Festival City of Adelaide, to Sydney, London, Rome, New York, Canada, and now Vienna. Patrick’s European debut was at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, as Rick in the Châtelet production of John Adams’ I WAS LOOKING AT THE CEILING AND THEN I SAW THE SKYIn London, Patrick appeared in WEST END BARES and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIEtouring the UK and later reprising his role in Canada. His solo cabaret show enjoyed two seasons at New York’s famous cabaret club "Don’t Tell Mama". Favourite roles he has portrayed include the title roles in CANDIDE and SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Lun Tha in THE KING & I, Tulsa in GYPSY, Bill in KISS ME, KATE and Puck in A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM

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Peter Knauder © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Peter Knauder

Ensemble

Peter Knauder Ensemble

Peter Knauder © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Peter Knauder completed his training at the Performing Arts Studios in Vienna and was subsequently seen in the musical revue HEART & MUSIC, Disney's CAMP ROCK - DAS MUSICAL, SEUSSICAL, as well as in SIE SPIELEN UNSER LIED in Stockerau. This was followed by the title role in Disney's ALADDIN JUNIOR/Vienna Stadthalle, Paul in A CHORUS LINE/Stockerau, HELLO, DOLLY!/Bad Ischl, THE WIZ/Linz and Munich as well as IO SENZA TE/ Zurich. He then appeared in THE WHO'S TOMMY in Linz, at the Gärtnerplatz Theater in HAIR, at the Schlosstheater Fulda in DER MEDICUS - DAS MUSICAL and at the Theater an der Elbe in ICH WAR NOCH NIEMALS IN NEW YORK. He made his stage debut with I AM FROM AUSTRIA at Vereinigte Bühnen Wien and toured with MAMMA MIA! His latest productions include KUSS DER SPINNENFRAU, PRETTY WOMAN - DAS MUSICAL and GOETHE!

Oedo Kuipers © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Oedo Kuipers

Chris

Oedo Kuipers Chris

Oedo Kuipers © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Oedo Kuipers graduated from the Conservatory of Music Theatre in Tilburg in 2013. He then made his German debut in the role of Raoul in DAS PHANTOM DER OPER in Hamburg. His breakthrough came with the title role of the musical MOZART!, which he developed at the Raimund Theater in Vienna under the direction of Harry Kupfer and in close collaboration with Sylvester Levay and Michael Kunze, and later even had the opportunity to embody in Shanghai. He thrilled audiences with his portrayal of the leading role of Edward Whymper in the world premiere of the musical MATTERHORN in St. Gallen, as Hortensio in KISS ME, KATE and King Ludwig in LUDWIG2 in Füssen. Besides his engagements as a musical performer, Oedo has also recorded two albums, "Cover Art" and "Pure". Most recently he could be seen at the Hamburg State Opera in John Neumeier's creation BERNSTEIN DANCES, and as Jesus in Erik Petersen's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.

Shane Landers © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Shane Landers

Swing

Shane Landers Swing

Shane Landers © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Shane Landers received his training at Laine Theatre Arts College in London, graduating after three years with the Trinity Diploma in Musical Theatre. His engagements include WEST SIDE STORY as Big Deal at the Staatstheater Nuremberg, GHOST - DAS MUSICAL as Swing at the Stage Palladium Theater and in the ensemble at the Theater des Westens, DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES at the Theater des Westens and ICH WAR NOCH NIEMALS IN NEW YORK in the ensemble of the Stage Entertainment Tour and at the Theater an der Elbe. Shane has also appeared in CHICAGO in Munich and Berlin, in CINDERELLA and in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE in the UK and in ALL MALE HMS PINAFORE as Dance Captain and in the ensemble of the UK tour. He was also in the ensemble and Dance Captain of the production SLEEPING BEAUTY and Dance Captain of PIPE DREAM in London. Shane has also directed several TV commercials and music videos.

Coco Latumahina © Coco Latumahina

Coco Latumahina

Ensemble

Coco Latumahina Ensemble

Coco Latumahina © Coco Latumahina

Coco Latumahina was born in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. At the age of sixteen she moved to Amsterdam to begin her studies at the Dance Academy of the Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts, which she successfully completed in 2020. During her training, Coco Latumahina worked with choreographer Anthony Burrel and performed in a dinner show. In the meantime, due to the Covid19-induced standstill of arts and culture, she worked full-time as a management consultant in the IT industry for 10 months. In addition, she was able to continue her dance career by participating in the concert film documentary "Im Rausch der Sinne" by Helene Fischer. With MISS SAIGON, Coco Latumahina is now making her professional theater debut in Vienna.

Annemarie Lauretta © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Annemarie Lauretta

Gigi

Annemarie Lauretta Gigi

Annemarie Lauretta © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Annemarie Lauretta was born in Utrecht. In 2017 she completed her studies in musical theatre at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg, where she was taught by Edward Hoepelman, Marc Krone and Brigitte Odett, among others. Directly after her studies she went to Hamburg, where she impersonated the role of the fortune teller in Disney's ALADDIN at Stage Theater Neue Flora until the end of October 2018. Afterwards, Annemarie Lauretta appeared in SISTER ACT in Lucerne as Cover Deloris van Cartier and in the ensemble. This was followed by another engagement for Disney's ALADDIN, this time at the Stage Apollo Theater in Stuttgart, before she appeared in PRETTY WOMAN - DAS MUSICAL at the Stage Theater an der Elbe in Hamburg as cover Kit de Luca and Violetta and in the ensemble.

Helge Mark Lodder © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Helge Mark Lodder

Ensemble / Cover THUY

Helge Mark Lodder Ensemble / Cover THUY

Helge Mark Lodder © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Helge Mark Lodder graduated in 2018 as an actor, singer and dancer at the Berlin University of Arts. During his studies, Helge performed as a guest at the Wintergarten Varieté, the Neuköllner Opera as well as at the Luisenburg Festival Wunsiedel, where he received the festival's Young Talent Award for the lead role of Mogli in DAS DSCHUNGELBUCH. After his studies he worked at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the Städtisches Theater Chemnitz, the Stadttheater Bremerhaven and the Stage Theater des Westens Berlin. Apart from the theater, Helge gained his first filming experience, such as in the feature film "Kopfkino" in 2017. In 2020/21 he was in front of the camera for various formats and can be seen in the third season of the series "Wir sind jetzt" in the leading role, among others.

Winchester Lopez © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Winchester Lopez

Swing / Dance Captain

Winchester Lopez Swing / Dance Captain

Winchester Lopez © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Winchester Lopez is a dancer and teacher of jazz dance and traditional Filipino folk dance. He studied dance at the Philippine High School for the Arts at the National Arts Center and earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of the Philippines. During his studies, Winchester Lopez was one of the principal dancers of the University of Philippines Filipiniana Dance Group and was named the group's associate artistic director in 2011. His work includes performances with a leading jazz and contemporary dance company in the Philippines, which have included tours to the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia. As a dancer and aerialist, he has been featured in various Royal Caribbean International productions, and in SONG AND DANCE he was part of the ensemble. He has been a cast member of MISS SAIGON UK and International Tour.

Telmen Luwsandash © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Telmen Luwsandash

Ensemble

Telmen Luwsandash Ensemble

Telmen Luwsandash © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Telmen Luvsandash started his artistic career as a ballet dancer, where he performed in SCHWANENSEE and DER NUSSKNACKER. His passion lies in acrobatics, for which he trained as a professional circus coach at the Mongolian Conservatory. He worked as an acrobat with the Mongolian acrobatic group Zula, with whom he won several awards, including at the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival. He is a Guinness World Record holder with various acrobatic feats. His engagements include international circus festivals in China, Spain, Italy and Monte Carlo. With MISS SAIGON, Telmen Luvsandash makes his musical debut.

Christian Rey Marbella © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Christian Rey Marbella

Engineer

Christian Rey Marbella Engineer

Christian Rey Marbella © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Christian Rey Marbella is a musical performer, singer and dancer. He has performed in numerous musical productions in Asia, the UK and the USA, including Engineer and Thuy in MISS SAIGON, Luntha in THE KING AND I and Apostle Peter in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. His other engagements include Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, CINDERELLA, SHOWBOAT and THE FULL MONTY. Christian Rey Marbella has also appeared in several original Filipino musicals, such as CALAMBA JOE as the national hero Dr. José Rizal, 1896 - THE MUSICAL as Emilio Jacinto and the demon Ravana in the revival of RAMAHARI, 2012, and the Ballet Philippines 50th Anniversary Season.

Loek Meijer © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Loek Meijer

Ensemble

Loek Meijer Ensemble

Loek Meijer © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Loek Meijer is a native of the Netherlands and graduated from the Dutch Academy of Performing Arts in 2016, and the Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts in 2020. He performed in the Efteling production of PINOCCHIO - THE MUSICAL and in WINTERREVUE in Antwerp, worked as a dancer on several Dutch TV shows and performed in THE CHRISTMAS SHOW at the Ziggodome Amsterdam. Loek Meijer has worked with several renowned choreographers such as Ashley Wallen ("The Greatest Showman") and Lloyd Culbreath ("The Verdon Fosse Legacy").

Riko Nakazono © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Riko Nakazono

Ensemble

Riko Nakazono Ensemble

Riko Nakazono © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Riko Nakazono was born and raised in Japan. As a child, she was a dancer for Disney Channel Japan and won several titles in national dance competitions in her home country. After graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, where she studied musical theater, she appeared in the original cast of the Stephen Schwartz-produced musical THE SECRET SILK. Her other engagements include THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE in New York, MAGIC TO DO at Princess Cruises, MADAMA BUTTERFLY at English National Opera and THE GARDEN OF WORDS at Whole Hog Theatre. In film, she has appeared in "Dumplings Over Flowers," "Oni," and "The Vagina Musical," among others. Her means of artistic expression also include puppetry, "Devised Theatre" and more.

Mai Linh Nguyenova © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Mai Linh Nguyenova

Ensemble

Mai Linh Nguyenova Ensemble

Mai Linh Nguyenova © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Mai Linh Nguyenova has Vietnamese roots, but was born in Slovakia and moved to Austria when she was young. She studied musical theater at the Conservatory in Slovakia for two years before moving to the International Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where she graduated as a musical performer in December 2017. Mai Linh Nguyenova has already appeared on stage as a dancer, singer and actress in various shows and makes her professional theater debut with MISS SAIGON. In addition, she also works as a dance teacher at various dance schools. She speaks six languages and is also a translator when she is not on stage. She is currently recording her first song.

James Park © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

James Park

Thuy

James Park Thuy

James Park © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

James Park was born in Korea and studied classical singing at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule Düsseldorf. After graduating, he became a member of the Opera Studio Niederrhein of the Krefeld-Mönchengladbach Theatre and took part in various opera and musical productions. These include DER ROSENKAVALIER, PETER GRIMES, DER BARBIER VON SEVILLA, HOFFMANNS ERZÄHLUNGEN, the operetta premiere of WÄR NUR DIE SEHNSUCHT NICHT SO GROSS, the baroque opera pastiche THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY, the crime musical DAS GEHEIMNIS DES EDWIN DROOD, LEND ME A TENOR! (OTELLO DARF NICHT PLATZEN) and MY FAIR LADY. For the production of DER GOLDENE DRACHE at the Krefeld Theatre, James was nominated as NRW's best young singer for his role of Young Asian by Opernwelt critic Regine Müller in "Welt am Sonntag". In addition to his operatic career, he can be heard as a soloist in concert, ensembles and choral formations.

Thijs Snoek © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Thijs Snoek

Ensemble / Cover CHRIS

Thijs Snoek Ensemble / Cover CHRIS

Thijs Snoek © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Thijs Snoek was born in Mijdrecht in the Netherlands and was already seen as a child in THE SOUND OF MUSIC as Kurt and Friedrich. In 2020, he graduated in musical theater from the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg, where he received lessons from Edward Hoepelman, Marc Krone, Ad Knippels and Daniëlle Waijers. Even before his studies, he played the role of Roger in the Dutch and Flemish tour of GREASE - THE MUSICAL produced by Stage Entertainment Netherlands in 2015 and appeared on stage as Gremio in KISS ME, KATE at the Staatstheater Darmstadt during his studies in 2019. Thijs Snoek also works as a voice actor for TV series and movies in the Netherlands.

Dennis Spee © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Dennis Spee

Swing

Dennis Spee Swing

Dennis Spee © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Dennis Spee was born in the Netherlands and played the role of Mowgli in the Dutch JUNGLE BOOK - THE MUSICAL Tour in 2014 and 2015. He was part of the ensemble of the Magus Utopia Magic Show NIGHTMARES, which toured France, Italy, Spain and Germany. After training at the Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts, Dennis started his career in Germany in 2016 in the musical STARLIGHT EXPRESS. After four years there, he can now be seen in Vienna for the first time.

Dana Van Der Geer © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Dana Van Der Geer

Ensemble / Cover GIGI

Dana Van Der Geer Ensemble / Cover GIGI

Dana Van Der Geer © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Dana van der Geer was born in Voorburg, the Netherlands. She studied Musical Theatre at the Fontys dance Academy for three years before switching to the renowed Musical Theatre program at the Fontys Conservatory. In 2019 she graduated from the conservatory with her own show ALICANTE. During her last year at school, she started as ensemble/ Cover Sophie at MAMMA MIA! in Utrecht, The Netherlands. This year she was assistant to director Koen van Dijk and Choreographer Roy Jonathans at Spring Awakening.

Stef van Gelder © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Stef van Gelder

Ensemble

Stef van Gelder Ensemble

Stef van Gelder © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Stef van Gelder was born in Holland and graduated from the Fontys Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg in 2015, where he was taught singing by Edward Hoepelman and Ivar Costenoble, among others. Stef van Gelder has appeared as Kenickie in GREASE, Fedja in ANATEVKA, Boland in DOGFIGHT and Jason in ORDINARY DAYS. His other engagements include Andrew Lloyd Webber's LOVE NEVER DIES in Germany, MOZART! in Antwerp and SCHIKANEDER at the Raimund Theatre. From 2018 to 2020 he toured the Netherlands with the hit revue SHOWPONIES.

Aday Velasco © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Aday Velasco

Ensemble

Aday Velasco Ensemble

Aday Velasco © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Aday Velasco started his training as a singer and gymnast at the age of eight. He learned various disciplines, such as artistic gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics, and decided to combine them additionally with aerial acrobatics. At the moment, Aday Velasco is continuing his education in acting and singing. He worked for Costa Cruises for four years and for about three years for Celebrity Cruises with the company Farfadais, where he was a specialty act and also held the position of Aerial Captain. In 2019, he was an acrobatic dance soloist for the VIVID - GRAND SHOW at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin.

Sian Yeo © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Sian Yeo

Swing

Sian Yeo Swing

Sian Yeo © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Originally from Singapore, Sian Yeo was educated at Bird College in the UK, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Since graduating, she has appeared on stage as an ensemble member in MISS SAIGON on the UK and International Tour and in THE KING AND I - also on the UK and International Tour. With MISS SAIGON at Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, Sian makes her Austrian debut.

Yuri Yoshimura © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Yuri Yoshimura

Ensemble / Cover GIGI

Yuri Yoshimura Ensemble / Cover GIGI

Yuri Yoshimura © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Yuri Yoshimura is a native of Vienna with Japanese roots. She completed her musical training at the Conservatory Sunrise Studios Vienna and previously received a Bachelor in Liberal Arts from Sophia University in Tokyo. In Austria, she played Connie Wong in A CHORUS LINE (directed by Baayork Lee) at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, where she also appeared as Yoko in the production MARS 2036. At Landestheater Linz she appeared as Frau Pleti/Ensemble in the play IN 80 TAGEN UM DIE WELT and there as Geminae in DIE SPINNEN, DIE RÖMER - A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. In Germany she started in the leading role and as a soloist in the revue show SAYONARA TOKYO at the Wintergarten Berlin, followed by an engagement in Disney's DER GLÖCKNER VON NOTRE DAME at the Apollo Theater Stuttgart. At the Luisenburg Festival she appeared on stage as Marty in GREASE and in the ensemble of MADAGASCAR.

Steven Ablog © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Steven Ablog

Tam

Steven Ablog Tam

Steven Ablog © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Steven Ablog was born in 2015 and is a native Austrian of Filipino descent. His interest in the musical genre began at the age of two, when he saw various musicals and Disney animated films, such as "Mary Poppins", "The Lion King" and the play THE LITTLE SEA VIRGIN, among others.

Sayuri Kao © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Sayuri Kao

Tam

Sayuri Kao Tam

Sayuri Kao © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Sayuri Kao was born in Vienna in 2015 and started creative children's ballet at the age of three with Caroline Spring. She has been enthusiastically practising Aerial Silk at Imhere Dance Studio since she was five. She attends the first grade of primary school in the 7th district, sings in the school choir and recently started playing the harp.

Maya Kern © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Maya Kern

Tam

Maya Kern Tam

Maya Kern © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Maya Kern was born in Vienna in 2015. At the age of four, she already attended an early musical education course and started violin lessons. She loves puzzles, playing memory, movement sports and enthusiastically slips into the most diverse roles of her favourite characters.

Thomas Kern © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Thomas Kern

Tam

Thomas Kern Tam

Thomas Kern © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Thomas Kern was born in Vienna in 2015. At the age of four, he already attended an early musical education course and started violin lessons. He loves singing, dancing and movement sports and tried to act out his favourite characters from an early age.

Zyra Le © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Zyra Le

Tam

Zyra Le Tam

Zyra Le © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Zyra Le started her life in Saigon. Since she started rehearsing for the production, she also likes to call herself "Miss Saigon". Zyra grew up trilingual and likes to speak Vietnamese at home. Besides school and her "dream job", acting, she also enjoys playing tennis. - She has not yet decided whether she would rather become an actress or a tennis pro.

Emma Schneider © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Emma Schneider

Tam

Emma Schneider Tam

Emma Schneider © VBW/ Sandra Kosel

Emma Schneider was born in September 2015 in Vienna, where she lives with her mother and her nine-year-old brother. She currently attends the pre-school group at her kindergarten.

Statements

VBW Artistic Director of Musicals Christian Struppeck: “Miss Saigon is one of the most successful musicals of our time. This dramatic love story has won over 70 awards internationally and been seen by over 36 million people all over the world. Following runs in London and New York, our audiences in Austria can now see for the first time this poignant and musically outstanding production in an exciting new staging by star director Laurence Connor. For this grand re-opening production at the newly renovated Raimund Theater, we have brought together an exceptional cast. Together with our first-class ensemble and our orchestra they will make MISS SAIGON a momentous and extraordinarily emotional all-round musical theatre experience.”

Cameron Mackintosh, original producer: „It’s hard to believe that the original production of MISS SAIGON in London was over 30 years ago. Even so, the tragic love story between innocent people caught up in conflicts is more relevant than ever. I’m delighted by this opportunity to come back to one of my favourite cities. MISS SAIGON is one of those very special musicals with a contemporary plot, as is “Madame Butterfly”, the opera that inspired Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil to write their extraordinary musical. The power of the story and the magnificent music make this musical immortal.”

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    CATS

    The most successful musical of all times

    Premiere: Friday, 20.09.2019

    Duration: ~ 2:40h

    The most successful musical of all time will stay longer in Vienna because of its great success! Breathtaking dance, legendary costumes, a magical stage design, Grammy-awarded, electrifying music and the moving world hit "Memory" make CATS an unforgettable experience. A magical theatre evening for the whole family.

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    Miss Saigon

    The most moving love story of our time

    Premiere: Sunday, 23.01.2022 - 6:30 pm

    Duration: ~ 2:40h

    The global smash hit musical as the opening production at the newly renovated Raimund Theater. The moving love story of Kim, the Vietnamese girl, and Chris, the American GI, and their fateful encounter in Vietnam is brought to life in a lavish staging with haunting music, extravagant choreography, a striking set and breath-taking technical effects.  

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    ELISABETH 2022

    In Concert | Open Air in the grand forecourt of Schönbrunn Palace

    Premiere: Thursday, 30.06.2022

    Duration: ~ 2:30h

    The VBW’s internationally successful production ELISABETH, penned by the crack team of Michael Kunze & Sylvester Levay, will be performed from the 30th of June to the 2nd of July 2022 as an exceptional concert experience in the grand forecourt of Schönbrunn Palace.

    The famous historical setting provides a unique and dignified backdrop for the concert version of the musical, which tells the dramatic and moving story of the life, loves and tribulations of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. 

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    REBECCA

    Finally back in Vienna from September 2022

    Premiere: Thursday, 22.09.2022 - 7:30 pm

    The romantic love story at Manderley Castle gradually develops into a gripping thriller with plenty of intrigue and dark surprises. Breathtakingly staged, with magnificent sets, poignant melodies, a unique, large live orchestra and amazing special effects, REBECCA is a musical experience in a class of its own that you definitely don't want to miss.

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    THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

    From October 2022 for the first time in Vienna

    Premiere: Saturday, 08.10.2022 - 7:30 pm

    Disney's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME promises an extraordinary and highly moving musical experience for young and old with all the unforgettable songs of the world-famous film. This impressive musical adaptation captivates not only with its Oscar-nominated, opulent music featuring large church choirs, but also with Scott Schwartz's lavish and powerful staging. Experience the successful play after many international productions, including in the USA, Berlin and Tokyo, now finally for the first time in Vienna at the Ronacher. 

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