Tony Winner Lea Salonga to Join Les Miz as Fantine

lea8747341.jpgLea Salonga, the Tony Award-winning star of Miss Saigon, will return to Broadway as Fantine in Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of LES MISÉRABLES beginning March 6 at The Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). This will mark Salonga’s second appearance on Broadway in LES MISÉRABLES, first having received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Eponine in 1993 in the original Broadway production.

Due to strong box-office and enthusiastic audiences, LES MISÉRABLES recently announced an extension through at least the summer of 2007, and Salonga will stay with the production through the entire period. As previously announced, the production’s current Fantine, Daphne Rubin-Vega, will depart LES MISÉRABLES on February 18 to star in Jack Goes Boating with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Ensemble member Nikki Renée Daniels will perform the role of Fantine from February 20 through March 4.

Lea Salonga catapulted to international stage stardom when she was chosen to star as Kim in the 1989 London world premiere of Boublil and Schonberg’s Miss Saigon, produced by Cameron Mackintosh. Only 17 at the time, the Philippines native Salonga received critical acclaim and went on to win the Olivier Award as Best Actress in a Musical. In 1991, she reprised her performance on Broadway, again earning rave reviews and winning the Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical, along with Best Actress honors from the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics’ Circle. Salonga returned to Miss Saigon twice during the show’s near decade long run, each time bringing in sold-out houses. Salonga became the first Asian actress ever to play Eponine on Broadway in LES MISÉRABLES in 1993, reprising that performance in the London production, in Hawaii, and in the legendary 10th Anniversary Concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Salonga returned to Broadway in 2002, starring in the revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song. In 2005, she played her first U.S concert tour, culminating with a sold-out evening at Carnegie Hall. She has released several albums, which have sold millions of copies worldwide. Salonga was also the singing voice of Mulan in Disney’s “Mulan” and as “Jasmine” in Disney’s “Aladdin.”

Her U.S television appearances include “Redwood Curtain” with Jeff Daniels, a guest-starring role on “ER” and a recurring role on “As the World Turns” in 2002-03.

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  1. Toe says:

    OMG! I want to watch that! If I had the money I’d go to New York to watch Lea as Fantine in my favorite musical ever. I’ve watched Les Miz twice before and I could watch it again and again.

  2. Dodo says:

    Lea, stay in Manila and just be a ‘star’ there. They need ‘real actors’ there.

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