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Lea Salonga

Date of Birth: February 22, 1971 (52)

Birth Place: Manila, PHILIPPINES

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Multiple award-winning actress and singer Lea Salonga is renowned 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 Miseìrables 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”.

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’s 2019 The Human Heart Tour saw sold-out audiences and record-breaking sales across North America and the United Kingdom. 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.”

In the fall of 2015 Lea began her critically acclaimed run as Kei Kimura in the Broadway production of Allegiance. The musical, inspired and developed by legendary actor George Takei, tells the story of a Japanese American family forced into an internment camp during World War II. Lea garnered a Craig Noel nomination for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical for her performance in the Old Globe production and can be heard on the show’s original cast album. Following this, Lea made a guest appearance on the hit CW television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Lea has toured all over the world, performing sold out concerts in such locations as the Sydney Opera House, 02 Arena, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Singapore’s Esplanade , Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Hong Kong Cultural Center ), Queen Sirikit Convention Center in Bangkok and Carnegie Hall in New York.She was also the first artist to sell out two shows at Brigham Young University’s deJong Concert Hall in Provo, Utah since The Kings Singers in 2009.

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Original Broadway Production, 2023
Aurora Aquino [Replacement]

[Los Angeles]
Hollywood Bowl Production, 2018
Grace Farrell

Broadway Revival Production, 2017

Erzulie [Replacement]

[International Tour]
Manila Return Engagement, 2017

[International Tour]
International Premiere in Manila, 2016

Original Broadway Production, 2015
Kei Kimura

Return Engagement [Broadway], 2006
Fantine [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 2002

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

Broadway Production, 1991


Kim [Replacement]

Kim [Replacement]

[West End]
Original London Production, 1989

Original Broadway Production, 1987
Eponine [Replacement]

Lea Salonga Movies

[1981]Tropang bulilit Lisa

[1985]Like Father, Like Son Angela

[1986]Captain Barbell Rosemarie

[1986]Ninja Kids and the Samurai Sword Yoko

[1988]My Neighbor Totoro Mrs. Kusakabe

[1992]Aladdin Jasmine's Singing Voice

[1995]Second Chances Agnes

[1998]Mulan Mulan's Singing Voice

[2010]Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary Fantine

[2016]George Takei's Allegiance Kei Kimura

[2016]Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary

[2019]Yellow Rose Gail

Lea Salonga TV Shows

Les Misérables the Dream Cast in Concert Eponine

Redwood Curtain Geri Riordan

ER Amparo

[ 2013-2014]Sofia the First Mulan, Jasmine

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Aunt Myrna

Little Demon Amalia, Dia

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin Elodie Honrada

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Lea Salonga News

Now Onsale: STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS at the Gielgud Theatre

Old Friends all-star cast will again include Bernadette Peters who is appearing in a West End run for the first time in her legendary career and Lea Salonga who is appearing for the first time in 27 years.

Gavin Lee, Bradley Jaden, and More Join STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS at the Gielgud Theatre

Full casting has been announced for Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre. Learn more about who is joining the cast here!

Video: Watch 'One Day More' at Broadway Backwards 2023

Watch the performance of 'One Day More' from Broadway Backwards 2023!

Travis Moser Releases New Version of 'Rainbow Connection' With Drew Wutke

Cabaret, concert and recording artist Travis Moser and musical director and pianist Drew Wutke have released a new recording of 'Rainbow Connection' by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher.

ONE JEWISH BOY & More Lead Washington DC's May 2023 Top Picks

Washington, DC is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. One Jewish Boy, Passing Strange, and more lead our top picks for June 2023!

Photos: On the Red Carpet for the 2023 Outer Critics Circle Awards

The Outer Critics Circle awards ceremony took place on Thursday, May 25 at 3:00PM in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for The Performing Arts (111 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC), and BroadwayWorld was there to capture the event. Check out photos from the red carpet here!

Up on the Marquee: HERE LIES LOVE

Check out photos of HERE LIES LOVE’s marquee and front-of-house at the Broadway Theatre! 

HERE LIES LOVE Broadway Theatre Box Office to Open This Saturday

The Broadway Theatre box office will open this Saturday, May 20 for Here Lies Love, the groundbreaking musical from the minds of David Byrne and Grammy Award winner Fatboy Slim. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Video: HERE LIES LOVE Company Talks Bringing the Show to Broadway

Watch BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge as he discusses Here Lies Love with the company! 

Photos: Arielle Jacobs, Jose Llana, Lea Salonga, And The Company Of HERE LIES LOVE Meet The Press!

The company of Here Lies Love, the musical from the minds of Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award winner David Byrne (concept, music and lyrics) and Grammy Award winner Fatboy Slim (music), met the press this week and BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture the moment!

Listen: MY HEART SAYS GO Starring Javier Muñoz and Jessie Mueller Now Available

Broadway Records studio cast recording of Jorge Rivera-Herrans’ new musical My Heart Says Go is now available on all digital platforms!

Australia's CHERRY Comes To The Hollywood Fringe

Sour Cherry Productions is thrilled to present Cherry, a hilarious and touching show from Australia. After sold out performances in Sydney, Melbourne and across the continent, this Tour Ready Award Winner is excited to bring the love of Katy Perry to the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Through the classic songs of Katy Perry, Cherry hilariously and insightfully celebrates the power of music to transform and enlighten in this one woman's thank you card to her idol.

Broadway Records to Release Recording of MY HEART SAYS GO Starring Javier Muñoz and Jessie Mueller

Broadway Records has announced the studio cast recording of Jorge Rivera-Herrans' new musical My Heart Says Go, available on all digital platforms on May 5, 2023.

Photo: HERE LIES LOVE Begins Rehearsals With Broadway's First All-Filipino Company

Get a first look at the all-Filipino cast of Here Lies Love on Broadway!

LEWBERGER: THE WIZARD OF FRIENDSHIP Original Cast Recording to be Released in June

Broadway Records will release the original cast recording of Lewberger: The Wizard of Friendship. See when the recording will be released and learn more about Lewberger.

Agent and DGRW Founding Partner Jim Wilhelm Passes Away at 68

Theatrical agent JIM WILHELM passed away early Monday morning, April 24th, 2023 in New York City at the age of 68 after a short, quiet fight with cancer.

Lea Salonga, Norm Lewis, and Jessica Vosk To Perform At The White House State Dinner For South Korean President, Yoon Suk Yeol

Next week, a trio of Broadway stars will take the stage at The White House as part of a state dinner for Yoon Suk Yeol, the president of South Korea.

Grammy Award Winning Artist H.E.R. Joins Broadway Producing Team Of HERE LIES LOVE

Five-time Grammy Award winning artist H.E.R. (Gabriella Wilson) has joined the Broadway producing team of Here Lies Love, ahead of the groundbreaking new musical's Broadway debut this summer.

Arielle Jacobs Will Lead the Cast of HERE LIES LOVE on Broadway

Arielle Jacobs will lead Here Lies Love on Broadway in the role of former Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos. Learn more about the show and how to purchase tickets here!

Abi Adriano Will Play Kim in MISS SAIGON in Australia

Opera Australia has announced that young Australian singer Abigail Adriano will make her mainstage lead debut after landing the coveted role of Kim in Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new Australian production of Boublil and Schönberg’s award winning musical Miss Saigon, premiering at the Sydney Opera House in August 2023.


Lea Salonga has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

Lea Salonga has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

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

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 .

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.

Lea Salonga's next show will be Here Lies Love which opens on 7/20/2023 on Broadway.

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