Tony® and Olivier Award-winner, ‘Disney Legend’ and musical theatre royalty Lea Salonga
Lea commences the tour in Brisbane, debuting at QPAC Concert Hall on 9 November; she will then return for the second time in her 40-year career, to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on 15 and 16 November and will complete her Australian tour in Melbourne, at the Palais Theatre on 20 and 21 November.
On returning to Australia, Lea Salonga says “I am so thrilled to be returning to Australia! After performing in Sydney and Melbourne in 2017, we are excited to add Brisbane to this visit and I can’t wait to see all my Australian fans and share a night of some of my favourite music with them.”
Lea last performed at the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House and at Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne in February 2017.
Michael Cassel, Producer says “We are delighted to welcome Lea back to Australia after our last sold out tour together. Along with our presenting partners, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and QPAC, we cannot wait to see her take to Australian stages once again. Lea celebrated her 40-year career in Manila last year, so her return to Australia seems a fitting way to continue the celebrations.’
Saturday 9 November,
QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane
Wednesday 20 November,
Thursday 21 November,
Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Lea will wow audiences with Broadway hits and movie greats, including hit songs from Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The Greatest Showman, Aladdin and Frozen amongst others. Her vocal flair will be matched by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Sydney and an orchestra in Brisbane and Melbourne, under the baton of Gerard Salonga.
With leading roles in London’s West End and on Broadway including Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, Lea Salonga is a bona fide star. Lea was most recently seen in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island which won the Tony® Award for ‘Best Revival of a Musical’. Lea and the cast of Once on This Island were nominated for the 2019 Grammy Award for Best ‘Musical Theatre Album’. In 2018 she also celebrated her 40th Anniversary in the entertainment industry with a special concert in her native Manila in the Philippines.
In 2011 Lea was made a ‘Disney Legend’ by The Walt Disney Company, for her outstanding contributions to the Disney legacy, for her role as the voice of two Disney Princesses – Aladdin’s ‘Princess Jasmine’ and the title role in Mulan. Lea was the first Filipina to receive the award, with other awardees including Tom Hanks, Elton John, Steve Jobs and Barbara Walters.
“Ms Salonga is the vocal personification of what might be called the Broadway and Hollywood international style.” – New York Times
“Salonga doesn’t disappoint her fans; she gives her all…her exquisite technique and commitment to the song is unmissable.” – TheaterMania
“You’ll feel like you’re sitting in a room with a Disney Princess.” – Wall Street Journal
Where it all started that brought Salonga to international stardom…
Lea Salonga began her career as a child star in the Philippines in a production of the The King and I in 1978 and at the age of 10 she recorded her first album. She got her first big international break when Cameron Mackintosh cast her as Kim in the hugely successful musical Miss Saigon in 1989. She has starred in Les Misérables as Éponine and as Fantine at different times as well as starring in musicals such as Cats, Grease and Into the Woods all around the world. Most recently Lea was seen in the musical Allegiance on Broadway and as a judge on The Voice Philippines. She is currently starring as a judge on the third season of The Voice Kids in the Philippines.
Lea has performed for six Philippine Presidents; three American Presidents; Diana, Princess of Wales; and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Currently, Lea serves as a Coach on the Philippines hit television show and worldwide format, The Voice and The Voice Kids.