Lea Salonga returns to Broadway to star in new musical

NEW YORK – Tony award winner Lea Salonga was in rehearsal in New York Thursday, when the internet exploded with news that the Filipina Broadway veteran will be back on Broadway for the musical “Allegiance”, together with “Glee” star Telly Leung and “Star Trek” star George Takei.

“It’s exciting because I get to be reunited with some really amazing actors and with a wonderful director and getting to sing some incredible music and getting to tell this very personal story, it’s very personal to George,” said Salonga.

“Allegiance” is based on Takei’s real-life childhood growing up in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II.

Salonga says this epic tale of love, courage and heroism resonates with everyone, including her family.

She says she wants her daughter to be aware of her husband Rob’s Japanese ancestor’s history.

“So there is very personal legacy that I want my daughter to be aware of,” said Salonga. “She’s being raised in the Philippines and she identifies as Filipino and as American but she also needs to know that you know what, mommy is going to be doing a show where your ancestors history plays a huge part, so this is a much more personal thing than it is anything for my career.”

Previews begin in October and “Allegiance” officially opens on Broadway in November.

Meantime, Salonga is in New York rehearsing for a brand new one-night only solo-show called “Kaleidoscope”.

“The concert resembles a kaleidoscope with, number one, sort of like the life experiences that I sort of touched upon with the music I get to sing,” said Salonga. “And two, because the repertoire is so varied.”

With a dash of Broadway show tunes and a wide range of pop, the show promises the audience will see another side of Lea.

“Kaleidoscope” is showing at the NYC town hall Saturday night.

Salonga came to New York just after Jason Dy was declared The Voice Philippines Season 2 winner.

It wasn’t a Biritera who won and it’s a refreshing change,” said Salonga. “Here’s a singer that didn’t have to scream at the top of his lungs where you think customarily that is what a singing contest would require and the good thing about that it opens the field.”

Salonga will be flying back to Manila for “The Voice Kids” after the town hall show before she comes back to the U.S. for her most awaited Broadway comeback.

You can contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @dontagala for more information.

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  • Kenikeni
    16 March 2015 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Dyan ka na lang Lea. Huwag ka na bumalik sa The Voice Philippines kasi ang OA mo dun!

  • noz
    17 March 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    well, her ego is as big as her tone of voice. broadway is a place where shows can open and close the same day or worst the show will not open at all for various reasons, one of them, the pulling out of investors. all these can bruise one’s ego, may drive the weakling artists to use illicit drugs for their anxieties.

    she / her daughter are living in the PH, busy with her career. there is no mention of her husband living in the PH. her living arrangement, claiming very much married to her husband living far away is tacky.