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Photo Coverage: Lea Salonga at Carnegie Hall

Tony-Winner Lea Salonga wowed a SOLD OUT crowd at Carnegie Hall on Monday night, November 7, to benefit the Diverse City Theatre Group. The benefit was in extremely good hands with the uber-talented Salonga - led by director Richard Jay-Alexander and music director/conducter Kevin Stites. Joining her on stage during the evening were three very special guests, including her first "musical theatre God" Andrea McArdle for a duet of ANNIE's 'Tomorrow,' former MISS SAIGON co-star Liz Callaway, who duetted with Lea on an extremely emotional 'The Story Goes On' from BABY (after Salonga announced that she is pregnant), and 'I Still Believe' from MISS SAIGON. Richard Maltby, Jr. of BABY and MISS SAIGON fame, had to pick his jaw up off the floor at the end of ACT 1. Also, fellow Filipino, and Cinderella star Paolo Montalban, took up Marius duties for 'A Little Fall of Rain' from Les Miz.

During the two-act, glamour filled show, they traversed the worlds of Broadway, Jazz, Filipino music and several pop hits. Some of the night's many showstopping moments included 'We've Only Just Begun,' 'True Colors,' 'I Enjoy Being A Girl,' 'Love Look Away,' 'People (with the original 1964 Broadway orchestration!), 'On My Own', 'Where is Love? / As Long as He Needs Me,' 'Reflection,' 'Popular,' and a 'Defying Gravity' - which was performed like no one else has sung it yet! The night was full of standing ovations, and anyone who was there to witness the physically and vocally ravishing Salonga, will never forget this powerhouse night at Carnegie Hall.

Some party pictures from after the show at PROVIDENCE, 311 West 57th Street.


Photo Coverage: Lea Salonga at Carnegie Hall


Photo Coverage: Lea Salonga at Carnegie Hall
Lea Salonga and Diverse City Theater Company's Victor Lirio




Photo Coverage: Lea Salonga at Carnegie Hall
Miss Saigon co-star Liz Callaway




Photo Coverage: Lea Salonga at Carnegie Hall
Paolo Montalban

Photo Coverage: Lea Salonga at Carnegie Hall
A parting shot of the night's star!

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.


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