Lea Salonga Biography


Lea Salonga Biography

Date of Birth: February 22, 1971 (46)
Birth Place: Manila, PHILIPPINES
Gender: Female

Known across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a singer and actress who 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.

Lea most recently wrapped touring with Il Divo for the group’s worldwide “A Musical Affair” tour. When not on tour, Lea is a coach on the Philippine version of the hit “The Voice.” Mitoy Yonting, a member of Team Lea, was named the first season winner. Prior to that, Lea garnered a Craig Noel nomination for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical for her latest work in Allegiance, which finished its run at The Old Globe in San Diego in 2012. She was also seen in God of Carnage in Manila, Philippines and Singapore.

Lea made her debut in the world of Cabaret in 2010, performing a sold out, three week engagement at the Café Carlyle in New York City. She returned to delight audiences in two more multi-week engagements in June 2011 and in May 2013, and released a live version of her 2010 concert “Lea Salonga: The Journey So Far,” her 26th career CD, in August 2011. The CD rose to the #3 spot on iTunes Jazz Charts.

Lea Salonga Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

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