Nov. 27: PBS’ GREAT PERFORMANCES: BROADWAY BEST Features Lea Salonga in Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Multiple-award winning actress and singer, Lea Salonga will join PBS’ Great Performances for their fourth annual “Broadway’s Best” series in November. The world premiere of Lea Salonga in Concert will include signature songs from Salonga’s illustrious repertoire, including Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Aladdin, and Mulan. Gerard Salonga conducts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. Lea Salonga in Concert is produced by Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), with Salonga and Josh Pultz serving as executive producers.

The “Broadway Best” programming will run on Fridays from November 6th to November 27th and begins with the 2011 taping of One Man, Two Guvnors featuring James Corden. The programming continues with Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (a documentary of the classic Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof), Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, and closes with Salonga’s world premiere of Great Performances: Lea Salonga in Concert on November 27th at 9:00 pm. EST. Check your local PBS station for details.

Lea Salonga at Asia Society in New York on July 25, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Lea Salonga is an award-winning actress and singer renown 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 Misérables on Broadway. She later returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival and reprised both roles in the 10th and 25th Anniversary concerts. 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”.

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

Her 2019 The Human Heart Tour saw record-breaking audiences around the world including North America, Australia, and the UK. On Broadway, Ms. Salonga 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 Ms. Salonga and the cast a Grammy nomination for “Best Musical Theater Album.” She currently serves as a judge on the Philippines hit version of “The Voice” including the ratings juggernaut “The Voice Kids”. She recently released a new single and accompanying video, “Dream Again.” Profits from “Dream Again” are being donated to charities aiding in COVID-19 relief around the world, including The Actor’s Fund. An avid techie and gamer, Lea divides her time between Manila, Philippines with her family and the United States.

Ken Davenport, Clint Ramos and Lea Salonga. Photo by Lia Chang
Ken Davenport, Clint Ramos and Lea Salonga at the Tony Awards party for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND in New York on June 10, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Stage 6 Films, a Sony Company, to Release Diane Paragas’ Multiple Award-Winning Independent Film YELLOW ROSE Starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan, Dale Watson, Gustavo Gomez, Libby Villari and Liam Booth on October 9 

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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