Ticketmaster Groups’ roving reporter Emma Westcott got the chance to chat to Alistair Brammer, one of the stars of the West End revival of smash-hit musical, Miss Saigon.
Q: It’s been 25 years since Miss Saigon played in the West End, what can our readers expect from the show?
A: They can expect a new, exciting version of the show they remember, with some smart new lyrics, modern technical aspects and a new song.
Q: You grew up in Devon, what was your biggest inspiration to make it to the West End?
A: When I was 16 I was involved in Les Mis’ 20th anniversary show in London, from an audition tape sent from my local amateur group. As soon as I stepped onto the Queen’s stage, that was all the inspiration I needed.
Q: What challenges do you face in your new role?
A: It’s one hell of a journey that Chris goes on. So, doing his story justice and representing the height of his stakes is the biggest challenge.
Q: Miss Saigon is the powerful love story of two young people, how do you find working with Eva Noblezada who plays Kim?
A: She’s great. She’s a responsive actress and a fabulous singer. It makes your job easier when you can trust your opposite, and I really can. She’s only 18 and she’s very, very good.
Q: You’ve played a number of West End parts, from Marius in Les Mis’ to Billy in Warhorse, how does the part of Chris in Miss Saigon compare with past roles?
A: He’s certainly the coolest guy I’ve ever played. He’s a man; I’ve only really played boys up to now. I’ve worked a lot on my posture to play this part… and my swagger. He’s a soldier and a sergeant. He gives orders and rarely takes them. That’s new for me.
Q: You competed in the TV series Any Dream Will Do, how did you find the experience?
A: I can barely remember it. I think I was on screen for about 10 seconds in total, but it introduced me to a producer who gave me my first job. So, I found the experience extremely helpful I suppose.
Q: If you could play any part in any show, what would your dream role be?
A: If we’re only talking about shows, then soppy as it sounds, I’d choose this one. I would love to give the Prince of Denmark a go, but so does everyone. I also have in my head that I will play a boxer in something. Not sure why.
Q: Finally, what do you think it is that makes Miss Saigon the perfect night out for groups?
A: It’s epic in scale. It’s loud and it’s exciting. It’s a fantastic musical; one that you’ll need to talk about it with someone in the interval.
Miss Saigon is now open at the Prince Edward Theatre. Groups 10+ Monday to Thursday evenings and Thursday matinees top price reduced to £49.50 and £45 reduced to £37.50.