ACT­ING OUT The heat is on in ‘Saigon!’

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

Each year, Brian Clow­dus – the out artis­tic direc­tor of Serenbe Play­house - takes a mu­si­cal and gives it his own dis­tinc­tive spin, from “Hair” to “Evita” to “Carousel” to “Ok­la­homa!” Now Clow­dus is di­rect­ing an out­door ver­sion of the clas­sic, Tony Award-win­ning “Miss Saigon.” We caught up with Clow­dus on the eve of his new pro­duc­tion to talk about the cast­ing, the in­fa­mous he­li­copter land­ing and why the LGBT com­mu­nity will en­joy this.

Why “Miss Saigon?”

It’s al­ways been a pas­sion pro­ject of mine. It was one of the first shows I saw as a kid. That was over 20 years ago. It’s one of those shows that has stuck with me and haunted me in a way that I have never had theater do. The story is so epic, so heart­break­ing. It’s larger than life. It’s also so beau­ti­ful and ro­man­tic and I love the score.

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