L is for Lea Salonga. Her Broadway career in photos and videos.

Born Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga in the Philippines, Lea Salonga made her professional stage debut at the age of seven (in “The King and I”) and three years later recorded her first album.
Here she is starring in the Repertory Philippines production of Annie

At the age of 17, she was hired to originate the lead role of Kim in the London production of the stage musical “Miss Saigon”

Here is a video of her audition (she starts singing at 1:30)

Having just turned 20, Salonga re-created her “Miss Saigon” role on Broadway, winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
In the three decades since, she has been an international star on stage, screen, and concert hall. She has portrayed both Éponine and Fantine in “Les Miserables” on Broadway, and both Princess Jasmine and Fa Mulan in Disney animated movie musicals. Her theater career is not limited to Broadway. In 2008, for example, she starred in a 30-week Asian tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

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Miss Saigon, 1991

She won a Tony for her role as Kim.

Lea Salonga and Willy Falk sing “Last Night of the World.”

Salonga and Ruthie Henshall sing “Room 317″/”Now That I’ve Seen Her,” from the penultimate performance of the original Broadway production of “Miss Saigon,” January 2001.

Les Miserables, 1987

Salonga joined the cast in January 1992, portraying Eponine
Here she is singing “On My Own” at the 10th anniversary concert at Royal Albert Hall

And (I can’t resist) here she is singing the song at Marie’s Crisis piano bar in the Village, introduced by Darren Criss

Flower Drum Song, 2002 revival

Score by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Book revised by David Henry Hwang

A Hundred Million Miracles

Love Look Away
Performed in concert

Les Miserables, 2006 revival

In the revival, Salonga portrayed Fantine, and sang “I Dreamed A Dream”

Allegiance, 2015

Salonga sings Higher

Salonga and cast sing Our Time Now

Once on This Island, 2017 revival

Salonga, as the Goddess of Love, sings “The Human Heart”

Broadway medley

Aladdin, 1992 animated film

Salonga was the voice of Princess Jasmine in the Disney film (later turned into a Broadway musical, so I think this belongs)

Here she is at the 1993 Oscars singing A Whole New World with Brad Kane

Mulan, in Quarantine

Lea Salonga sings “Reflection” from “Mulan” at the Rosie O’Donnell Show in quarantine

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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