As part of the 2016-2017 BRAVO! season, BYU Arts will present Lea Salonga, Tony Award-winning Broadway star of Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and Allegiance. Salonga will perform alongside BYU Chamber Orchestra in concert April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center.
Salonga is a celebrated Broadway star as well as a celebrity TV coach on The Voice (Philippines), the Disney princess Mulan (Mulan) and Jasmin (Aladdin). Salonga’s return to BYU marks a much-anticipated night of standards and show tunes.
"Lea Salonga is a true international star, gifted performer and generous teacher,” said BYU Arts producer and presenter Jeffrey Martin. “We are beyond thrilled to welcome her back to BYU for this unique and exciting performance in collaboration with the BYU Chamber Orchestra. Those fortunate enough to obtain a ticket to this performance will be in for an exceptional night of fantastic, familiar music.”
In addition to the BYU performance Salonga will be repeating the program with the Chamber Orchestra during their tour to the Philippines next month. The performance will take place in Manila at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
In her career, Salonga has performed for six Philippine presidents (from Ferdinand Marcos to Benigno S. Aquino III), three American Presidents (George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush), for Diana, Princess of Wales and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She began her career as a child star in the Philippines, making her professional debut in 1978 at the age of seven 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.
Salonga has toured the world performing in sold out concerts in locations such as the Disney Concert Hall, Singapore’s Esplanade, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Bangkok Convention Center, Carnegie Hall and numerous venues in her hometown of Manila. She was also the first artist to sell out two shows at BYU’s de Jong Concert Hall since The Kings Singers in 2009.
Tickets are available in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at 801-422- 2981 or online at byuarts.com.