Lea Salonga to open American Songbook concert series

MANILA, Philipppines - She won Olivier and Tony Awards for playing Kim in “Miss Saigon.”

She played both Eponine and Fantine in Broadway Productions of “Les Miserables.”

She voiced two Disney princesses, Mulan and Princess Jasmine.

She is Lea Salonga and her star has not waned one bit.

On January 31 (Manila time), she returns to the New York stage as the opening act of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, a series of concerts that celebrates the best of American singing and songwriting.

This 21-day musical extravaganza will feature one artist in concert from January 31 to April 21. See the schedule of concerts here. (Note that the dates in the schedule reflect New York time.)

Some of the glittering names who will take the stage are French-American jazz crooner Cecile McLorin Salvant, Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth (who once appeared in “Glee”), indie pop singer and songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, and Norwegian singer Sondre Lerche.

According to the event’s website, premium tickets for Lea’s performance are already sold out.

The journey so far

The world-renowned Pinay singer just finished the world premiere run of her latest musical production “Allegiance,” about a Japanese-American family in a camp during World War II.

In 2012, she was seen in a production of the Olivier Award-winning comedy "God of Carnage" in Manila and Singapore.

Lea first impressed New York audiences in 2010 in Café Carlyle where she performed Filipino songs as well as “On My Own,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” "A Whole New World,” and “The Journey.”

In 2011, she released a live record of her 2010 concert, “Lea Salonga: The Journey So Far,” which rose to No. 3 on the iTunes Jazz Chart.

To help promote her American Songbook concert, Lea appeared on Fox 5 and treated the audience to a rare performance of “Empty Chairs and Empty Tables,” the heart-wrenching song of Marius in the “Les Miserables” musical.

Watch her interview and performance at 'Good Day NY':

- With reports from Pia Ranada/Rappler.com