Lea Salonga is a singer and actress 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 theatre. Many fans of all ages also recognize Salonga as the singing voice of Disney princesses Jasmine and Mulan.
Salonga began her career as a child star in the Philippines, making her professional debut at seven-years-old in the musical The King and I. She 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. In 1993, she was the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway, and she returned to the show as Fantine in the 2006 revival. In 2002, she took on the role of a Chinese immigrant in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, and in 2015, she began her celebrated run as Kei Kimura in Allegiance.
Salonga has toured all over the world, performing sold out concerts in such locations as Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Disney Concert Hall, Singapore’s Esplanade, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, the Hong Kong Cultural Center, and Bankok’s Queen Sirikit Convention Center.
Honored with an appointment as a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Goodwill Ambassador, Salonga is an advocate for the FAO’s Youth and United Nations Global Alliance initiative.