January 24, 2022

Chuck Marbella topbills as Engineer in Miss Saigon Vienna Production

Cameron Mackintosh's smash hit love story of Kim, a Vietnamese girl, and Chris, an American GI, opened its Vienna tour on January 23, 2022 at the Raimund Theater. The cast includes Filipino Chuck Marbella as the Engineer.

Christian Rey Marbella, or Chuck, is a musical theater actor, singer and dancer, and has an extensive musical theater experience in Asia, United Kingdom and the United States.

His Theater credits include Engineer and Thuy in MISS SAIGON, Luntha in THE KING AND I, and the Apostle Peter in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Other theater credits include BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, CINDERELLA, SHOWBOAT, THE FULL MONTY and some original Filipino musicals, like in CALAMBA JOE playing the national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, as Emilio Jacinto in 1896:THE MUSICAL and as the demon Ravana in RAMAHARI 2012 REVIVAL, as part of Ballet Philippines 50th Anniversary Season.

He is very excited and looking forward to reprise his role of the Engineer, this time with a new text in German in MISS SAIGON Vienna 2022.
In his 10th reprise on the role of the Engineer, he was cast in the German version of Ms Saigon after his name was being picked for the Vienna production. He had to learn the language, to sing and speak and expressed his true dedication to the role and craft. As a proud Filipino, he regards that Pinoy talents have the grit, passion, and they strive hard to deliver the role. He plans to carry out the role by being loyal to the text of the musical. The Engineer is a complex, colorful character that is so much fun to play, as he would say.

Other Pinoys in the Vienna production of Miss Saigon are Aynrand 'ab' Ferrer, Winchester R. Lopez, Vincent Bueno, Judicel Eslao, Nila Axxelson, and Erick Somoza Arenas.

The moving love story of Kim, the Vietnamese girl, and Chris, the American GI, and their fateful encounter in Vietnam is brought to life in a lavish staging with haunting music, extravagant choreography, a striking set and breath-taking technical effects.

Not for nothing is the dramatic moment when a helicopter lands on stage considered one of the most unforgettable moments in the history of musicals.

The musical will be performed in German with English Subtitles.

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