View Comments The heat is still on in Saigon! Broadway alums Natalie Mendoza and Chris Peluso, along with Siobhan Dillon and Sangwoong Jo, are joining the cast of Miss Saigon on May 11. Directed by Laurence Connor, the revival of the classic musical is playing at London’s Prince Edward Theatre.Mendoza takes on the role of Gigi and was last seen on stage as Imelda Marcos in the U.K. National Theatre’s Here Lies Love; her other credits include Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. Peluso is making his West End debut as Chris having most recently appeared in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on the Great White Way. Dillon will play Ellen; she recently starred as ‘Sally Bowles’ in Rufus Norris’s production of Cabaret. Jo is making his West End debut as Thuy.Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub, owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as “The Engineer.” John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night—a night that will change their lives forever.Continuing in their roles are Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim and Hugh Maynard as John. At certain performances Tanya Manalang continues to play the role of Kim and Christian Rey Marbella will be playing the role of The Engineer.
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Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.___Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves. Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___Japan’s NHK public television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach.Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abe held telephone talks with Bach after IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks. Associated Press March 24, 2020 The Latest: Abe says IOC agrees ‘100%’ on postponment ___The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board.The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off.EPCR says it “remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season.” Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand.Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue. The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22.Johnson says “as a national competition played in all parts of Australia, as well as New Zealand, mission complicated became mission impossible.”Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Melbourne City at an empty stadium on Monday was the last game completed. Sydney FC leads the standings with 48 points after 20 games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture but with no torch, no torchbearers and no public because of the coronavirus outbreak.There will be an Olympic flame carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides.The Tokyo Games and the relay have been caught in limbo since International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said four weeks were needed to decide on an inevitable postponement of the planned opening on July 24. He has ruled out a cancellation.___ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6