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Lea Salonga Offers Backstage Look At DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?

Lea Salonga Offers Backstage Look At DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?Multi-award-winning stage performer and internationally celebrated vocalist Lea Salonga opens up about her experiences performing in the ongoing series of concerts highlighting the words and music of LES MISERABLES and MISS SAIGON creators Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil titled DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? as part of a new feature article.

Salonga candidly shares of the composers themselves and their participation in the most recent charity edition of the popular concert event series, "It was wonderful that both Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg personally had a hand in shaping the show and all the performances. Gerard likened Claude-Michel's presence to having Mozart or Verdi right at his side, telling him what to do. It's not often that a concert that debuted a few years ago would have its creators remain as hands-on as they are, and we were all the better for it."

Additionally, Salonga reveals of the talented twosome, "Alain and Claude-Michel's passion for this concert extended to the choir and the orchestra, a passion that doesn't seem to have wavered over the many years they have worked together (their first musical was "La Revolucion Française," in 1973). Their energy was infectious. Whenever I work with them, hearing their instructions makes me want to do better and work harder to make their music sound as good as possible. I first met them while still in my teens; many years later, they're still inspiring. And now that I'm an actual adult, they're also more fun."

Salonga adds of their valued participation, "Their relationship with the Philippines, thanks to "Miss Saigon," runs deep. Thus, they wanted to do this special concert."

Check out the original article on the matter here.

Photo Credit: Aileen Siwa

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