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Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga

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. 


Monday, July 23 | 6:00 PM
Life is a Napa Cab(aret) at Raymond Vineyards, with Lea Salonga

She made her Broadway and West End debuts as the original Miss Saigon and won herself a Tony. She captivated audiences as Éponine and Fantine in Les Misérables. She transformed into a Disney princess to voice Jasmine in Aladdin, and into a child warrior to voice Mulan. And she’s now back on Broadway, starring in the critically lauded revival of Once on this Island. There is simply nothing Lea Salonga can’t do.

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Sunday, July 22 | 5:30 PM
Arts for All Gala at HALL St. Helena

Raise your paddle high for the next generation at Festival Napa Valley’s Arts for All Gala, Wine Country’s biggest arts charity event. Proceeds from the evening provide free and affordable access to world-class performances. Monies raised also support public school arts education programs in Napa County, scholarships for emerging musicians, and the festival’s tuition free Blackburn Music Academy.

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