Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga was born on February 22, 1971 in Angeles, Pampanga Philippines.
She was the first Filipina to win a Tony Award in a Broadway musical from her work in Miss Saigon.
Now she has been cast in an upcoming musical inspired by a true story. She will be playing Kei in the musical Allegiance.
Everyone in the Philippines should know who Lea Salonga is. Even if you don’t live there, a famous Filipino person that people can usually pinpoint is Ms. Salonga or that chick who played Mulan. That’s right. If you don’t already know, this superstar has been the singing voice of Princess Jasmine and Mulan in the classic Disney filmsÂ AladdinÂ andÂ Mulan. She is also a musical master, and played the roles of Kim in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables.Â Lea Salonga just does not run out of things to do.
Watch the rest of the videos below to check out this Filipina’s beautiful talent.
MANILA, Philippines – Lea Salonga is hailed as one of the Philippinesâ€™ icons in the entertainment industry. Having appeared in various theater productions and movies at a young age, she was indeed destined to become the superstar now that she is. We look back at 10 of her amazing moments onstage and television.
Lea as the beautiful, hopeful Kim in Miss Saigon
In the video above, a young Lea is still learning the song â€“ but the crystal clear quality of her voice, plus that unnamed, sweet appeal, is already apparent.
- Skrillex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber â€œWhere Are Ãœ Nowâ€
- Taking it Back to MTVâ€™s 2000 Video Music Awards
- The Unstoppable Jason Derulo
In 1992, the Disney movie Aladdin was released, featuring Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine. She recorded the song â€œA Whole New Worldâ€ opposite Brad Kane, and performed in the 1993 Academy Awards.
With her years in performing onstage as a kid, it was only natural for Lea to mentor other artists as well. For the past two seasons, she has served as a mentor in the Filipino franchise of the hit show The Voice and The VoiceÂ Kids along with Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Manalac and Alp. de. alp. She had the honor of being the winning coach during the first season, with her protege Mitoy Yonting.
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