Here’s What The Leads Wore To Miss Saigon’s Opening Night in Manila

Photo by Anz Hizon

For the gala night of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Miss Saigon in Manila, Abigail Adriano, Seann Miley Moore, and Nigel Huckle don the carpet in a marriage of their own personal styles and the artistry of Filipino design as styled by the Vogue Philippines team.

There’s riveting energy on the red carpet at the highly-anticipated Philippine premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical Miss Saigon opens at the Theatre in Solaire. 

Boublil & Schönberg’s Miss Saigon tells the story of a romance between an American sergeant and a Vietnamese bar girl set against the politically tense backdrop of the Vietnam War. The musical—beloved by Filipino audiences for being the platform where stage actress Lea Salonga rose to fame—is led by outstanding Filipino cast members. At the helm are Filipino-Australians Abigail Adriano and Seann Miley Moore starring as Kim and the Engineer, respectively, and Nigel Huckle as Chris. 

In keeping with the incredible feat of Cameron Mackintosh’s new production, the stars arrived in regal ensembles that pay homage not only to their personal styles but also to the artistry of Filipino design..

Abigail Adriano

Photo by Anz Hizon

19-year-old Abigail Adriano joins the likes of Filipino stage actresses Lea Salonga and Eva Noblezada in starring as the production’s leading role, Kim. According to stylists Neil de Guzman and Anz Hizon of Vogue Philippines, Adriano’s only request for the red carpet was to wear something with a Filipino twist. Staying true to her youthful spirit, they opted to keep things simple, edgy, and fresh.

Adriano wore a modern terno designed by Abdul Gaffar, a piece that de Guzman shares was crafted exclusively for the Terno story in Vogue Philippines’ Maiden issue. Paired with a sleek, archival Vania Romoff skirt from Vestido Manila, the look is finished with Amina Muaddi pumps and silver accents from Jul B Dizon jewelry.

The actress maintains a soft beauty on the face: dewy skin, a natural flush to the cheeks, and light mascara.

Nigel Huckle

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Nigel Huckle dons the red carpet in an all-white Francis Libiran blazer with intricate lace detailing that lends the same romance epitomized by his on-stage character, the young and charming American soldier Chris. 

Styled by Vogue Philippines’ Suki Salvador, both Huckle and Moore agreed to marry the essence of their characters with their own personal styles. “Nigel looks great in classic cuts and colors,” shares Salvador on Huckle’s red carpet direction. “We both wanted a clean look but with some flair.”

He continues, “Instead of a bow tie, we punctuated Nigel’s look with a ribbon and an emerald and diamond eternity ring to show that his character, albeit on a red carpet, has evolved 30 years later.”

Seann Miley Moore

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Seann Miley Moore breathes new life into the traditionally masculine role of the Engineer. In this production, he plays his own take on the character: “I am the EnginQueer.” The Filipino-Australian actor is proudly Filipino and queer, his bold, eccentric style taking center stage in his red carpet look tonight.

“Seann can wear anything, a boxy, double-breasted red suit like his character, the Engineer, but he can also wear a beautiful skirt,” shares Salvador on his styling. “For the Miss Saigon Gala, we combined traditional menswear, an iteration of the tuxedo shirt, but this time worn as a bib paired with an embellished silver skirt both by Neric Beltran.”

Miss Saigon will run at the Theatre at Solaire until May 12, 2024.

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