Tony Award-Winning Voice, Original Miss Saigon, First Asian to Star in Les MisÚrables to Perform with Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Published Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:00 am

The Tony Award-winning voice of Princess Jasmine and Mulan and the original Miss Saigon, Lea Salonga, joins the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) for a one-day-only special matinee performance on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater to perform music from her illustrious stage and screen career, along with her favorite pop songs. This concert concludes the TSO’s 2018-2019 KeyBank Pops Series.

Lea Salonga began her career as a child star in the Philippines and made her professional debut in 1978 at the age of seven in the musical The King and I. She then 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, and The Fantasticks.

Since then, Salonga has toured all over the world, performing sold-out concerts in the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Singapore’s Esplanade, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Queen Sirikit Convention Center in Bangkok, Carnegie Hall in New York, and in various venues in Vancouver, Sacramento, San Diego, Phoenix, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, San Bernardino, Cerritos, and San Francisco. She was also the first artist to sell out two shows at Brigham Young University’s deJong Concert Hall in Provo, Utah since The Kings Singers in 2009.

“I’m not sure who is more excited that Lea Salonga is coming to Toledo, me or my 4 year-old daughter!” says Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the TSO. “Lea’s voice brings back so many childhood memories—from watching VHS tapes of Disney movies to dressing up as my favorite princesses—and I think everyone at any age will enjoy. Whether it’s a walk down memory lane, or getting to witness a real-life princess sing on stage, I hope you don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event right here in Toledo.”

Known across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award-winning role in 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 theater. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival. Salonga is also a judge on the Philippines hit version of The Voice, a reality singing competition aired on ABS-CBN.

Many fans of all ages recognize Salonga as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan from Mulan and Mulan II.  In 2011, the Walt Disney Company bestowed her with the honor of “Disney Legend” for her portrayal of the popular princesses, along with such luminaries as Regis Philbin, Jim Henson, and Anika Noni Rose.

Salonga has performed for six Philippine Presidents (from Ferdinand Marcos to Benigno S. Aquino III), three American Presidents (George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush), and for Diana, Princess of Wales, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Lea Salonga: I Dreamed A Dream will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater. Tickets start at $47 and are available at toledosymphony.com or by calling the box office at 419.246.8000.

For more information, please contact Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony at fkanney@artstoledo.com.

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Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music and incorporated in 1951 as the Toledo Orchestra Association, Inc., the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has grown from a core group of twenty-two part-time musicians to a regional orchestra that employs sixty-five professional musicians who consider the Toledo Symphony their primary employer, as well as numerous extra players annually as repertoire demands.

On January 1, 2019, the Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony officially merged to form the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional live music and dance performances and education for the region. This partnership promises to create new and invigorating programs, provide cost and revenue synergies in operations, and integrate the arts through shared educational missions.

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