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Joanna Ampil is the first female Engineer in ‘Miss Saigon’: ‘I am beyond thrilled!’

Veteran stage actress Joanna Ampil makes history as the first actress cast in the role of the Engineer in ‘Miss Saigon’.

Joanna Ampil is the first female Engineer in ‘Miss Saigon’: ‘I am beyond thrilled!’-Rhea Manila Santos
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Rhea Manila Santos

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09/23/2022 09:58 AM
Joanna Ampil is the first female Engineer in ‘Miss Saigon’: ‘I am beyond thrilled!’
Photo credit to @joampil Instagram

Known for her portrayal as Kim in various productions of the stage musical Miss Saigon in countries like the UK, Ireland, and Australia, Joanna Ampil does the country proud as she makes history as the first female to be cast the Engineer in the upcoming new production of the show on London’s West End next year. 

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In a statement released last September 22, Joanna shared her thoughts on her latest achievement. “I am beyond thrilled to be the first woman to play the role of Engineer in this exhilarating reimagination of this most beloved musical which is so close to my heart. To have played Kim in different productions countless of times and to have had my first taste of recording with The Complete International Symphonic Recording of the show, it feels like a full circle moment to pave the way for this historical gender-bending casting,” she said.


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The new Miss Saigon will be held at the historic The Crucible Theatre in London’s West End. And through her breakthrough role, Joanna what she hopes to achieve as The Engineer.

“My goal personally is to champion the Asian perspective and answer some of the racist and misogynistic overtones in this new staging. To execute the role as a woman of strength, sensitivity, grit, complete with flaws and a whole lot of heart. In addition to that, it will hopefully open doors to so many of my fellow actors regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity and religious beliefs to color-blind casting, break barriers, and represent,” she shared. 

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Talent manager Noel Ferrer first broke the news on social media with the following post:

“BREAKING GOOD NEWS: Our dear multi-awarded multi-media actress JOANNA AMPIL plays the role of ENGINEER in the new and brave version of MISS SAIGON this summer 2023.

“’To give new life to the musical that changed my life and to sing the beloved score of Claude Michel Schonberg and Alan Boubil once again is a wild dream coming true.’ —Joanna Ampil

“BRAVO @joampil !!! We are truly proud of you!!!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Noel Ferrer (@iamnoelferrer)

On her Instagram, Joanna shared her excitement over the casting. She wrote, “Beyond excited to revisit ‘Dreamland’ with a new challenge. The ENGINEER will get all my creative juices flowing!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Joanna Ampil (@joampil)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Joanna Ampil (@joampil)

Joanna is currently in London as part of the cast of UK and Ireland tour of Rodger & Hammerstein’s South Pacific which opened last month. Aside from Miss Saigon and South Pacific, Joanna has also been past of international productions of Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, Hair, and Cats.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Joanna Ampil (@joampil)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Joanna Ampil (@joampil)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Joanna Ampil (@joampil)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Joanna Ampil (@joampil)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Joanna Ampil (@joampil)

Joanna was last seen on ABS-CBN as part of the cast of the 2022 series Flower of Evil where she played the role of Piolo Pascual’s mother.