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Lea Salonga

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, 2025

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 Productions

[Broadway, 2023]

Lea Salonga Movies

Tropang bulilit
[ 1981 ] Lisa
Like Father, Like Son
[ 1985 ] Angela
Captain Barbell
[ 1986 ] Rosemarie
Ninja Kids and the Samurai Sword
[ 1986 ] Yoko
My Neighbor Totoro
[ 1988 ] Mrs. Kusakabe
[ 1992 ] Jasmine's Singing Voice
Second Chances
[ 1995 ] Agnes
[ 1998 ] Mulan's Singing Voice
Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary
[ 2010 ] Fantine
George Takei's Allegiance
[ 2016 ] Kei Kimura
Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary
[ 2016 ]
Yellow Rose
[ 2019 ] Gail

Lea Salonga TV Shows

Les Misérables the Dream Cast in Concert
Redwood Curtain
Geri Riordan
Sofia the First
[ 2013-2014 ] Mulan, Jasmine
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Aunt Myrna
Little Demon
Amalia, Dia
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin
Elodie Honrada

Lea Salonga Awards and Nominations

BroadwayWorld Awards - 2018 - Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Lea Salonga, Once on this Island

BroadwayWorld Awards - 2016 - Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Lea Salonga, Allegiance

Drama Desk Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Actress - Musical

Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1991 - Best Actress - Musical

Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon

Theatre World Awards - 1991 - Performance

Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon

Tony Awards - 1991 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Lea Salonga , Miss Saigon

Olivier Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical

Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon

Lea Salonga Videos

Lea Salonga News

Natalie Yanson: A Rising Singing Star at 9

Like her idol, Lea Salonga, and any aspiring singers, Natalie Grace Yanson began performing at family gatherings or parties.

Photos: The New Dramatists Honor Michael Greif at Annual Luncheon

The New Dramatists recently hosted its Annual Spring Luncheon Tribute on Tuesday, May 14 at the New York Marriott Marquis. See photos from inside the event. 

Review: Linda Kahn's Splendid WAIT TILL YOU SEE WHAT'S NEXT CD Release Show at Don't Tell Mama

There were so many beautiful songs and arrangements, that you’ll simply have to acquire the album or stream it (on Spotify and Apple Music) for yourself to hear the magic that is Linda Kahn!

MISS SAIGON Remains Relevant, Given the Continuous Acts of Violence and War Today

After its phenomenally successful run in Australia in collaboration with Opera Australia, GMG Productions, in association with GWB Entertainment, presented this new and stunning production in Manila, 24 years after a six-month commercially successful run in the Philippine capital.

Al Hirschfeld Prints Signed By Cher, Chita Rivera & More to be Auctioned Off

Discover the auction benefitting BC/EFA and The Al Hirschfeld Foundation featuring 20 limited-edition Al Hirschfeld prints, signed by iconic stage and screen stars.

ALADDÍN celebra su aniversario con una exposición en Madrid

A partir del próximo 10 de mayo y durante 16 días podrá visitarse en la Biblioteca Eugenio Trías, en el Parque del Buen Retiro la exposición de aniversario de ALADDÍN, que cumple su primer año en Madrid con esta visita que desvelará algunos de los aspectos más destacados tanto fuera como dentro del escenario.

MCC Theater's MISCAST24 Digital Broadcast Extended Through Mid May

You can now watch MCC Theater's Miscast24 through mid May! Learn more about Miscast and see how to watch!

Video: Mykal Kilgore Performs 'Stars and the Moon' at MISCAST24

Miscast features the biggest stars of stage and screen who take the stage to perform songs from roles in which they would not traditionally be cast. Check out a video of Mykal Kilgore performing 'Stars and the Moon' here!

Center Theatre Group Will Reopen Mark Taper Forum With Deaf West AMERICAN IDIOT; Full Season Announced!

Center Theatre Group has announced its full slate of programming under Snehal Desai's artistic leadership with its 2024/25 Season called 'One CTG. One LA.' The company has also revealed that the Mark Taper Forum will reopen after 16 months of closure.

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, CABARET & More Lead in Nominations for 2024 Drama League Awards

Read the full list of 2024 Drama League Nominations! Nominations include Cabaret, Merrily We Roll Along and more.

Songwriter Scott Alan to Perform at London's Cadogan Hall in November 2024

Songwriter Scott Alan will perform at Cadogan Hall in November. Learn more about Alan and see how to purchase tickets.

Exclusive: Watch Lauren Patten Sing 'One Song, Glory' at MISCAST24

The best of Broadway was miscast by MCC earlier this week! This year's event was held on Monday, April 15 at the Hammerstein Ballroom and you can check out an exclusive clip of Tony winner Lauren Patten's performance from Rent in this video!

Photos: On the Red Carpet for MISCAST24, Honoring Jason Robert Brown and Nicole Suazo

The best of Broadway was on hand at the Hammerstein Ballroom where MCC celebrated MISCAST24, honoring Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown and MCC Youth Company Alum Nicole Suazo. Check out photos from the red carpet arrivals.

Michael James Scott visita ALADDIN en Madrid

ALADDÍN ha celebrado su primer año en Madrid al mismo tiempo que la producción de Broadway cumple una década en la gran manzana, y qué mejor manera de aunar ambos eventos que con la visita a la versión española de Michael James Scott, quien en la actualidad interpreta al Genio en el New Amsterdam Theatre de Nueva York.

Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga To Headline ARTS By George! 2024 Benefit

Join Tony Award winner Lea Salonga at the ARTS by George! 2024 benefit. Experience an unforgettable evening of music and performance for a great cause.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld April 9, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is April 9, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Manhattan Theatre Club Will Bring EUREKA DAY to Broadway and VLADAMIR Off-Broadway Next Season

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced three shows that will open next season, including the Broadway premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends and Eureka Day, as well as the world premiere of Vladamir, which will open off-Broadway.

Bernadette Peters & Lea Salonga Will Lead STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS in LA and on Broadway

Center Theatre Group (CTG) announced today the North American premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends, starring Bernadette Peters (Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun) and Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Here Lies Love), and directed by Sir Matthew Bourne (Swan Lake, My Fair Lady), playing at the Ahmanson Theatre from February 8—March 9, 2025. 

Playthings Theatre of New York to Present DORIAN'S WILD(E) AFFAIR Readings

Playthings Theatre of New York and executive producer Preston Ridge will present private industry readings (by invitation only) of Dorian’s Wild(e) Affair. Learn more about the show.

Mark Taper Forum Expected To Announce New Season in Coming Weeks

Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum, which suspended all programming last summer amid an unsustainable producing model, is expected to announce a new season of programming in the coming weeks.


How many Broadway shows has Lea Salonga been in?

Lea Salonga has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

How many West End shows has Lea Salonga been in?

Lea Salonga has appeared on London's West End in 2 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?

Lea Salonga has been nominated for several awards throughout her career, including 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?

Lea Salonga has won several awards for her performances on Broadway, including Best Featured Actress in a Musical for "Once on this Island" at the BroadwayWorld Awards, Best Leading Actress in a Musical for "Allegiance" at the BroadwayWorld Awards, Outstanding Actress - Musical for "Miss Saigon" at the Drama Desk Awards, Best Actress - Musical for "Miss Saigon" at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Performance for "Miss Saigon" at the Theatre World Awards, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for "Miss Saigon" at the Tony Awards, and Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical for "Miss Saigon" at the Olivier Awards.

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