Broadway musical lovers in the Lower Mainland, this one’s for you.
Tony Award-winning performer Lea Salonga is bringing her North American tour to Vancouver, with a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Monday, April 13 at 8 p.m.
Salonga is best known for her Tony-winning performance in the musical 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 performer to play Eponine in the Les Misérables on Broadway, and she returned to the beloved show as Fantine in its 2006 revival.
Fans of all ages will also know her as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and of Fa Mulan in Mulan and Mulan II – portrayals that earned her the title of Disney Legend, bestowed on her by the Walt Disney Company.
Salonga began her career as a child star in the Philippines, making her professional debut in 1978 at the age of seven in The King and I. She went on to star in productions of Annie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Fiddler on the Roof, The Rose Tattoo, The Sound of Music, The Goodbye Girl, Paper Moon, The Fantasticks, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song on Broadway.
“I’m thrilled to be back on the road in North America, and all around the world, in 2020,” Salonga said in a press release. “We’ve got a lot of new music, some old favourites and a few surprises in store. We had so much fun with our incredible sold-out audiences last year, I can’t wait to perform at these gorgeous venues and connect with fans new and old in the months to come.”
Most recently, Salonga earned critical acclaim for her portrayal of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, with stints in Manila and Singapore.
She currently serves as a judge on the Philippines hit version of The Voice, including The Voice Kids.
Tickets for her Vancouver show range from $36 to $125, plus service charges, available through www.ticketmaster.ca.