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Odds & Ends: You Could Perform for Sondheim, Mackintosh's Saigon Admission & More

Odds & Ends: You Could Perform for Sondheim, Mackintosh's Saigon Admission & More
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A new production of 'Miss Saigon' opens in London tonight.

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.

Win the Chance to Perform Your Work for Stephen Sondheim
Jonathan Larson was so influenced by Stephen Sondheim that he used the legend’s “Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with George as the basis for a whole number in tick, tick… BOOM!, which will soon be revived at Encores! Off-Center, starring Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo. Those behind the production are giving you the opportunity to take any number from Sunday, remix it and enter into this competition. Win and you get to perform the work in front of Sondheim himself!

Cameron Mackintosh Admits He Was 'Stupid' Over Original Broadway Saigon Casting
After David Henry Hwang recently revealed that he lied to Cameron Mackintosh over the “Yellow Face” controversy surrounding the 1991 Broadway transfer of West End hit Miss Saigon, the mega-producer has admitted that he thinks he was “stupid” over the casting of Jonathan Pryce in the leading Eurasian roll of The Engineer in the production. Mackintosh told The Telegraph: “I said it was a storm in an Oriental tea-cup, thinking I was being clever.” He now agrees that the protestors had a point about the character being played by an actor of Asian descent. A new production of Miss Saigon opens in London tonight; Jon Jon Briones, who was born in the Philippines, is starring as the Engineer.

Heeeeeeeere's Johnny!...On Stage
You wait forever for a play about Johnny Carson and then two come along at once. Or something. The New York Post reports that two productions are being developed about the king of late-night talk. One show is based on Henry Bushkin’s biography, Johnny Carson, and is being workshopped this summer. The Bushkin adaptation will probably delve deeper into the host’s scandalous side than the other, which is officially sanctioned by the Carson Entertainment Group and will feature music from the 1960s and 1970s.

Loudon Wainwright III to Star Off-Broadway in Surviving Twin
Loudon Wainwright III opens off-Broadway in Surviving Twin, an 80-minute one-man show, on June 9. According to The New York Times, the production will be a mix of his old hits, new work and a “posthumous collaboration” with his father, the Life magazine columnist Loudon S. Wainwright, Jr., who died in 1988.

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