Lea Salonga in Concert
Updated: Jan 1, 2021
(Great Performances Episode)
Trailblazing voice of Disney's Jasmine and Mulan, she originated the role of Miss Saigon, won a Tony for Once on this Island, and is considered Broadway royalty. A lyric soprano with a really strong upper range, and one of the most expressive singers I have ever heard. Audio of This is Me here. Her brother, Gerard Salonga, even conducts the orchestra.
SYNOPSIS: As part of its fourth annual “Broadway’s Best” lineup, Great Performances shines a spotlight on Tony Award winner Lea Salonga with the world premiere of Lea Salonga in Concert premiering Friday, November 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/broadwayonpbs and the PBS Video app. Captured in peak performance from the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Salonga performs the beloved songs she made famous throughout her Broadway career as well as her signature songs from the animated movie blockbusters, “Aladdin” and “Mulan.”
Renowned worldwide for her powerhouse voice and perfect pitch, Salonga entered the Broadway musical scene with her 1991 Tony-winning performance as Kim in “Miss Saigon” and most recently starred in the Tony-winning 2017 revival of “Once on This Island.” She was the first Asian cast member to play Eponine in the musical “Les Misérables” on Broadway and later returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival.
Watch the full episode for FREE, now from Great Performances on PBS until it expires Dec. 25, 2020 here, or on the PBS App.
(Expired, but can still be seen from membership with PBS Passport, so here's a highlight from the event.)