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Lea Salonga

 
Birth Place:
Manila, PHILIPPINES
Bio:
Multiple award-winning actress and singer Lea Salonga is renown across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch. She is best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: February 22, 1971 (51)

Birth Place: Manila, PHILIPPINES

Bio:
Multiple award-winning actress and singer Lea Salonga is renown across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch. She is best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Los Angeles]
Hollywood Bowl Production, 2018
Grace Farrell
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2017
Erzulie
Erzulie [Replacement]
  [International Tour]
Manila Return Engagement, 2017
Helen
  [International Tour]
International Premiere in Manila, 2016
Helen
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
Kei Kimura
  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 2006
Fantine [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2002
Mei-Li
  [Broadway]
Richard Rodgers 100th Birthday Celebration, 2002
"Love, Look Away" Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1991
Kim
Kim
Kim [Replacement]
Kim [Replacement]
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1989
Kim
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Eponine [Replacement]

 

Stage

Performances
  [Los Angeles]
Hollywood Bowl Production, 2018
Grace Farrell

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2017
Erzulie

Erzulie [Replacement]

  [International Tour]
Manila Return Engagement, 2017
Helen

  [International Tour]
International Premiere in Manila, 2016
Helen

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
Kei Kimura

  [Broadway]
Return Engagement [Broadway], 2006
Fantine [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2002
Mei-Li

  [Broadway]
Richard Rodgers 100th Birthday Celebration, 2002
"Love, Look Away" Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1991
Kim

Kim

Kim [Replacement]

Kim [Replacement]

  [West End]
Original London Production, 1989
Kim

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Eponine [Replacement]

Lea Salonga Biography

Multiple award-winning actress and singer Lea Salonga is renown across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch. She is best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, in the field of musical theatre. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival. Many fans of all ages recognize Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II. For her portrayal of the beloved princesses, the Walt Disney Company bestowed her with the honor of “Disney Legend”.

Most recently, Lea starred in the critically acclaimed Sony musical-drama YELLOW ROSE which hit theaters in October. Additionally, in August, Lea released her single “Dream Again” with all profits donated to charities aiding in COVID-19 relief around the world, including The Actor’s Fund. In November 2020 Lea Salonga: Live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from Sydney Opera House aired as part of Great Performances on PBS. A live album of the performance was subsequently released by Broadway Records.

Lea’s 2019 The Human Heart Tour saw sold-out audiences and record-breaking sales across North America, the United Kingdom and Australia. On Broadway, Lea most recently starred in the 2018 Broadway revival of Once on This Island as the Goddess of Love, Erzulie. The show’s return to the Broadway stage earned a Tony Award for “Best Revival of a Musical” and also garnered Lea and the cast a Grammy nomination for “Best Musical Theater Album.”

Currently, Lea serves as a judge on the Philippines hit version of “The Voice” including the ratings juggernaut “The Voice Kids”. Mitoy Yonting, a member of Team Lea, was named the first season winner.

Lea Salonga Awards and Nominations

 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2018 - Best Featured Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Lea Salonga, Once on this Island
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2016 - Best Leading Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Lea Salonga, Allegiance
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Actress - Musical Gold Star
Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1991 - Best Actress - Musical Gold Star
Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon
 
Theatre World Awards - 1991 - Performance Gold Star
Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon
 
Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Lea Salonga , Miss Saigon
 
Olivier Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical Gold Star
Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon

Lea Salonga News

BWW Review: LEA SALONGA at The Music Center at Strathmore Photo BWW Review: LEA SALONGA at The Music Center at Strathmore
by Elliot Lanes - Apr 26, 2022

There are very few times in a reviewer’s career where he/she can honestly say they saw a perfect performance. This past weekend at The Music Center at Strathmore international star of stage, screen, and the concert stage Lea Salonga gave a perfect performance. Her Dream Again Tour has a song list that’s so well constructed it’s as if they had been planning it for over two years….oh wait!!! Seriously though, Salonga’s mix of pop, showtunes and of course, film songs made for a totally wonderful evening of music.

World Premiere of POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN by Lynne Shankel & Crystal Skillman to be Pr Photo World Premiere of POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN by Lynne Shankel & Crystal Skillman to be Presented by SDSU
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022

The newest production in SDSU’s New Musical Initiative, Postcard American Town will have its world premiere from April 29 – May 5, 2022. Written by Lynne Shankel and Crystal Skillman, this world premiere production will be directed by Professor Stephen Brotebeck, and music directed by Professor Robert Meffe from the School of Theatre, Television, and Film. 

Lea Salonga Launches North American Tour Photo Lea Salonga Launches North American Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 18, 2022

Multiple award-winning actress and singer Lea Salonga is known across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch. Now’s your chance to experience the magic live and in-person. Lea returned to the stage starting April 6th 2022, embarking on a seven week North American tour.

BWW Interview: Diane Phelan Singing THE SOUND OF MUSIC & Shouting the Voice of Activi Photo BWW Interview: Diane Phelan Singing THE SOUND OF MUSIC & Shouting the Voice of Activism
by Gil Kaan - Apr 15, 2022

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s next production The Sound of Music opens April 23, 2022 (with two previews preceding). Glenn Casale directs the cast of this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic headed by Diane Phelan as Maria, Christopher Carl as Captain von Trapp and Suzanna Guzman as Mother Abbess. I had the chance to throw out a few queries to Diane on being the first Asian actress to portray Maria, as well as her backstory on her acting career and social activism.

BWW Interview: LEA SALONGA  at UA-Pulaski Tech CHARTS Photo BWW Interview: LEA SALONGA at UA-Pulaski Tech CHARTS
by Mike Noland - Apr 13, 2022

Lea Salonga is a Tony winner and Disney Legend for a reason. Her gorgeous voice and grace will be evident if you are lucky enough to see her perform live. Don't delay, get tickets to her show as quickly as you can because you won't want to miss this wonderful opportunity. It really will be A Whole New World.

BWW Interview: Lea Salonga Reflects on her Career and Spills About her Upcoming Tour! Photo BWW Interview: Lea Salonga Reflects on her Career and Spills About her Upcoming Tour!
by Alyson Eng - Apr 6, 2022

Next week, Broadway and Disney Legend, Lea Salonga, will perform at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on April 12th in Vancouver as part of her 2022 DREAM AGAIN TOUR. Known for her work on Broadway (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables), TV (The Voice Philippines), and film (singing voice of Disney’s Mulan and Princess Jasmine of Aladdin), Lea is the epitome of a true global superstar.

BWW Interview: Chatting with Veteran Broadway Actor Telly Leung Photo BWW Interview: Chatting with Veteran Broadway Actor Telly Leung
by Jared Fessler - Apr 1, 2022

Broadway veteran Telly Leung has co-produced a documentary with Aaron Albano, another Broadway veteran and active member of the AAPI Broadway community. It is called ENSEMBLE and it is currently available via Broadway on Demand.

Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts Closes 2021â€"22 Season With Music, Theater Photo Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts Closes 2021â€"22 Season With Music, Theater and More
by Stephi Wild - Mar 30, 2022

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will close out its 2021–22 season with an eclectic variety of music, theater, dance, film, humor and even a puppetry workshop.

Podcast Exclusive: Eva Noblezada Talks HADESTOWN, MISS SAIGON & More on THE THEATRE P Photo Podcast Exclusive: Eva Noblezada Talks HADESTOWN, MISS SAIGON & More on THE THEATRE PODCAST WITH ALAN SEALES
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 24, 2022

Talking about Hadestown, Eva shares her thoughts on Eurydice (and playing Eurydice), and her love for the 'extra layer of consciousness' that can be seen throughout the whole show.

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Lea Salonga Videos

VIDEO: Watch PBS' Complete REOPENING: THE BROADWAY REVIVAL Documentary VideoVIDEO: Watch PBS' Complete REOPENING: THE BROADWAY REVIVAL Documentary
by Michael Major - Jan 19, 2022

Reopening features behind-the-scenes access to shows including 'Wicked,' 'Jagged Little Pill,' 'The Phantom of the Opera,' 'Diana,' 'Come From Away,' 'Waitress,' and more, following each production's journey as cast and crew reunite, rehearse and re-stage for their long-anticipated reopening nights.

BWW Exclusive: Watch WAITRESS, ALADDIN & TINA Prepare to Reopen in New PBS Documentar VideoBWW Exclusive: Watch WAITRESS, ALADDIN & TINA Prepare to Reopen in New PBS Documentary Clip
by Michael Major - Jan 17, 2022

Check out an exclusive clip of the Broadway casts of Aladdin, Waitress, and Tina: the Tina Turner Musical returning to rehearsals after the shutdown, including interviews with Michael James Scott, Sara Bareilles, and Adrienne Warren. The documentary will also feature interviews with Lea Salonga, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kristin Chenoweth, and more.

VIDEO: Watch Highlights from RHONY's Luann de Lesseps' A VERY COUNTESS CHRISTMAS VideoVIDEO: Watch Highlights from RHONY's Luann de Lesseps' A VERY COUNTESS CHRISTMAS
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 3, 2021

Yes, the rumors are true! Everyone's favorite Countess is back at Feinstein's/54 Below for an evening of festive glitz and glamour. If there's anything that's a guaranteed good time, it's seeing LuAnn de Lesseps, star of one of the most successful franchises in television history, 'The Real Housewives of New York.'

VIDEO: Jose Llana Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now! VideoVIDEO: Jose Llana Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Dec 3, 2021

Watch as Richard Ridge chats with Broadway favorite Jose Llana, who will soon join Seth Rudetsky for Seth's Concert Series, airing Sunday, December 5 at 8pm ET.

VIDEO: Jose Llana Sings from COMPANY in Rehearsal for The Seth Concert Series VideoVIDEO: Jose Llana Sings from COMPANY in Rehearsal for The Seth Concert Series
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 2, 2021

Jose Llana is the next guest on The Seth Concert Series with Seth Rudetsky! Watch him perform 'Being Alive' from Company in rehearsal for this weekend's concert.

VIDEO: The Cast of CollaborAzian's A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Visits Back VideoVIDEO: The Cast of CollaborAzian's A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Jul 10, 2021

Watch below as he chats with Karl Josef Co, Diane Phelan, and Cindy Cheung- three of the cast members and creators of CollaborAzian's A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which will stream on July 15th (7pm ET) benefitting StopAAPIHate.org. 

VIDEO: Trailer for All-Asian A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER VideoVIDEO: Trailer for All-Asian A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 2, 2021

Tony Award Winner and Disney Legend Lea Salonga will make a special appearance as the host of CollaborAzian's production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on July 15th, 2021. The abridged version of Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak's musical is directed by Sesame Street's Alan Muraoka and features an all-Asian American cast and production team. Check out a just-released trailer!

VIDEO: Hear Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Renée Elise Goldsberry & More in the Traile VideoVIDEO: Hear Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Renée Elise Goldsberry & More in the Trailer for CENTAURWORLD!
by Stage Tube - Jun 14, 2021

You can hear the voice talent of Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Kimiko Glenn, Lea Salonga, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Brian Stokes Mitchell in the trailer.

VIDEO: Watch Lea Salonga, Jay Armstrong Johnson & Deborah Cox in Opening Number for B VideoVIDEO: Watch Lea Salonga, Jay Armstrong Johnson & Deborah Cox in Opening Number for BROADWAY BACKWARDS!
by Stage Tube - Mar 29, 2021

Tomorrow is the big day! Broadway Backwards, the annual event where gender doesn't matter but love does, is set to make its virtual premiere on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. This virtual edition explores how the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic has specifically affected the LGBTQ community.

BWW Exclusive: Watch Nick Cordero's Last Public Performance, 'Dear Hate'- The Single  VideoBWW Exclusive: Watch Nick Cordero's Last Public Performance, 'Dear Hate'- The Single Is Available Now!
by Stage Tube - Jan 20, 2021

Just yesterday, Americans paused to remember the 400,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in a special ceremony at our nation's capital. One of those lives was beloved Broadway veteran Nick Cordero.  Today, Broadway Records has announced the release of Nick’s last public performance, a song with the timely message that love conquers all despite the existence of hate.


Lea Salonga Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Lea Salonga been in?
Lea Salonga has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

How many West End shows has Lea Salonga been in?
Lea Salonga has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Lea Salonga's first West End show?
Lea Salonga's first West End show was Miss Saigon which opened in 1989

What awards has Lea Salonga been nominated for?
Best Featured Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Once on this Island , Best Leading Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Allegiance , Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Miss Saigon , Best Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Miss Saigon , Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Miss Saigon Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Miss Saigon and Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Miss Saigon .

What awards has Lea Salonga won?
Best Featured Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Once on this Island, Best Leading Actress in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Allegiance, Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Miss Saigon, Best Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Miss Saigon, Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Miss Saigon Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Miss Saigonand Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Miss Saigon.