‘Voice Kids PH’ finalist Esang joins ‘Les Miserables’ Manila cast


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‘Voice Kids PH’ finalist Esang joins ‘Les Miserables’ Manila cast
Esang, coached by 'Les Mis' alum Lea Salonga on 'The Voice Kids,' joins Rachelle Ann Go in 'Les Miserables' Manila as young Cosette

MANILA, Philippines – There’s another Filipino joining Rachelle Ann Go in the Manila run of Les Miserables: The Voice Kids season 2 Top 4 finalist Esang de Torres. (WATCH: Lea Salonga ‘mini-me’ stuns in ‘Voice Kids PH’ audition)

Esang caught the attention of producer Cameron Mackintosh during his visit to Manila, and she is now one of the alternates for little Cosette in the Manila run of Les Miserables. With her is fellow Filipino Rachelle, who plays Fantine. A Filipino-Australian, Chloe De Los Santos, also played little Cosette. 


Little Cosette sings the sweet song “Castle On A Cloud.” Young Cosette lives with the villainous Thénardiers while her mother Fantine works to support her. When Fantine falls to misfortune, Cosette is rescued by Jean Valjean, a reformed ex-convict on the run from the relentless Inspector Javert.

ESANG DE TORRES. Esang, a 'The Voice Kids Philippines' season two finalist, is set to play Little Cosette in the Manila run of 'Les Miserables.' Photo by Jasper Lucena

Esang first grabbed everyone’s attention when she sang “Tomorrow” from Annie on It’s Showtime‘s “Mini Me” segment. For the segment, Esang was called Lea Salonga’s mini-me.

Lea remembered Esang when she auditioned for the second season of The Voice Kids, where Esang sang “Home” from The Wiz. (IN PHOTOS: Unforgettable moments from ‘The Voice Kids PH 2’ grand finals)

Lea of course has played both Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables.

Although all 3 judges turned for her, Esang ultimately chose Lea and wowed audiences week after week with her voice.

She made it to the Top 4 of the competition, along with fellow Team Lea singer Reynan dal Anay, Elha Nympha, and Sassa Dagdag.

After a close competition, it was Elha who won at the end of the season.

Les Miserables Manila will run until May 1 at the Theatre at Solaire. Tickets are available on Ticket World. – Rappler.com

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