PBS has announced the world television premiere of “Lea Salonga in Concert” on Friday as part of its “Great Performances” series in the annual “Broadway’s Best” lineup.
Performed live at the Sydney Opera House in November 2019, the show features Tony Award winner Lea Salonga singing selections from her Broadway career as well as hits from Disney animated movie classics accompanied by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, according to CAAM.
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The Grammy-nominated singer and actress may be best known for her musical talents and for providing the singing voices of Mulan and Princess Jasmine in the animated blockbusters.
Among the show’s highlights include Salonga performing “On My Own” from “Les Misérables,” “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin” and “Reflection” from “Mulan” to a live audience.
Salonga, who starred in the 2017 revival of “Once on This Island,” made her debut in the Broadway musical scene in 1991 with her Tony-winning performance as Kim in “Miss Saigon.”
After being the first Asian actress to win a Tony Award, she also became the first Asian to be cast as Éponine when she joined the musical “Les Misérables” on Broadway in 1993.
“Lea Salonga in Concert,” which was produced by the nonprofit Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), sold-out its world premiere at a drive-in screening in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture on Oct. 14. The event was organized to celebrate Filipino American History Month.
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