Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga to Star as Grace Farrell in ANNIE at the Hollywood Bowl, July 27 – 29

Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga

Tony Award winner Lea Salonga will reteam with her Once on the Island director Michael Arden to star as Grace Farrell in Hollywood Bowl’s upcoming production of Annie, one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, which will be this summer’s annual staged musical at the Bowl.

Charles Strouse, the Tony Award-winning composer of Annie (as well as Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, and some of the most popular music from the last 60 years of Broadway, film and television) turns 90 this June. To mark the occasion, a year-long celebration of events, including tributes, concerts, revivals and international productions, will take place across the United States and around the world. Strouse’s iconic songs – from “Tomorrow” and “Put on a Happy Face” to “Those Were the Days” (theme from “All in the Family”) – will be heard worldwide, from Abu Dhabi to Congo to Belgium, on television in “The Simpsons” and at the Hollywood Bowl with Annie.

Annie will be helmed by Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden, conducted by Todd Ellison and choreographed by Eamon Foley. Annie’s book is by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin.

Annie, the classic story of a young girl overcoming adversity, features a beloved score of hits (including “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life”) and is a delightful experience for the entire family. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Annie will have three performances at the Hollywood Bowl this summer – Friday, July 27, at 8PM; Saturday, July 28, at 8PM; and Sunday, July 29, at 7:30PM, with single tickets on sale Sunday, April 29.

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, in addition to starring in the 10th and 25th Anniversary Concerts filmed and recorded for PBS. Ms. Salonga’s other Broadway appearances include Flower Drum Song and Allegiance. She is currently starring in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Once on This Island, which recently garnered 8 Tony nominations.

Alex Newell, Lea Salonga and Merle Dandridge. Photo: Joan Marcus
Alex Newell, Lea Salonga and Merle Dandridge in Once on this Island. Photo: Joan Marcus

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” in August of 2011.

As a concert artist Lea has toured the world, performing sold-out concerts in some of the world’s most iconic venues, including the Sydney Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Singapore’s Esplanade, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Carnegie Hall, and London’s O2 Arena.

Subscriptions and single tickets for performances during the Hollywood Bowl 2018 summer season are available at hollywoodbowl.com, or via credit card phone order at 323 850 2000, and in person from Sunday, April 29 at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office.

For further details or questions, call 323.850.2000 from 10AM – 6PM daily, or visit laphil.com.

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