Lea Salonga Biography (1971-)

Full name, Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga; born February 22, 1971, in Manila, Luzon, Philippines; daughter of Feliciano Genuino (an engineer and owner ofa shipping company) and Maria Ligaya (a homemaker and manager; maiden name,Imutan) Salonga; sister of Gerard Salonga (a conductor and musical director);married Robert Charles Chien, January 10, 2004. Addresses: Agent: Sarah Clossey, Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr., North Building, Beverly Hills,CA 90210.; Manager: Jeff Berger Management, 301 West 53rd St., New York, NY 10019; Don Spradlin, Essential Talent Management, 6399 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 401, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (some sources cite 6565 Sunset Blvd., Suite 415, Los Angeles, CA 90028).; Publicist: Christina Papadopoulos, Baker/Winokur/Ryder, 909 Third Ave., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

Nationality
Filipino
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, singer
Birth Details
February 22, 1971
Manila, Philippines

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • The King and I (musical), Repertory Philippines, Manila, Philippines, 1978
  • Title role, Annie (musical), Manila, Philippines, 1980
  • The Rose Tattoo, Manila, Philippines, 1980
  • The Bad Seed, Manila, Philippines, 1981
  • The Goodbye Girl, Manila, Philippines, 1982
  • The Paper Moon, Manila, Philippines, 1983
  • The Fantasticks (musical), Manila, Philippines, 1988
  • Kim, Miss Saigon (musical), Theatre Royal, London, 1989-90, then Broadway Theatre, 1991-93
  • Eponine, Les Miserables (musical), Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady (musical), Repertory Philippines, 1994
  • Witch, Into the Woods (musical), Singapore Repertory Theatre, Singapore, 1994
  • Eponine, Les Miserables in Concert, Royal Albert Hall, London, c.1996
  • Sonia Walsk, They're Playing Our Song (musical), Singapore Repertory Theatre, 1999, then Manila, Philippines, 2000
  • Best of Manila (benefit show), 2000
  • Homecoming (concert), 2000
  • Millennium (concert), 2000
  • Songs from the Screen (benefit show), 2000
  • Miss Saigon, Manila, Philippines, 2000
  • Mei-Li, Flower Drum Song (musical), Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles,2001, then Virginia Theatre, New York City, 2002-2003
  • Catherine, Proof, Manila, Philippines, 2002
  • Something Good: A Broadway Salute to Richard Rodgers on His 100th Birthday, George Gershwin Theatre, New York City, 2002
  • Songs from Home: The Concert (concert), Philippine International Conference Center, Pasay City, Philippines, 2003
  • Lizzie, Baby (musical), Meralco Theatre, Manila, Philippines, 2004
  • Appeared as Sandy Dumbrowski, Grease (musical), Team Image Entertainment, Manila, Philippines; in the musicals Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music, both Manila, Philippines and the musical MakingTracks; and in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Performer in the concerts Music Tells a Tale (concert), Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA; and an anniversary concert for Miss Saigon, London, 1999.
  • Major Tours
  • Eponine, Les Miserables (musical), beginning c. 1996
  • Film Appearances
  • Lisa, Tropang bulilit, [Philippines], 1981
  • Angela, Like Father, Like Son, Viva Films, 1985
  • Rosemarie, Captain Barbell, Viva Films, 1986
  • Yoko, Ninja Kids, Viva Films, 1986
  • Rosie, Pik pak boom, Viva Films, 1988
  • Voices of Satsuki and Mei's mother for English version, Tonari no Totoro (anime; also known as My Neighbor Totoro), Toho Company, 1988,dubbed version released in the United States by 50th Street Films, 1993
  • Dear Diary, Viva Films, 1989
  • Sandy, Bakit labis kitang mahal, Octo Arts, 1992
  • Singing voice of Princess Jasmine, Aladdin (animated), Buena Vista, 1992
  • Agnes, Sana maulit muli, Star Cinema Productions, 1995
  • Singing voice of Fa Mulan/Fa Ping, Mulan (animated), Buena Vista,1998
  • (Uncredited) Voice of Jasmine, Mickey's PhilharMagic (animated), Walt Disney, 2003
  • Singing voice of Fa Mulan, Mulan II (animated), Buena Vista Home Video, 2004
  • Appeared in the Filipino film I Wish It Happens Again.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Cohost, Love, Lea (musical variety show), [Philippines], c. 1983-85
  • That's Entertainment, [Philippines], c. 1985
  • Lien Hughes, As the World Turns, CBS, 2001, 2003
  • Miniseries
  • The 100 Greatest Musicals, Channel 4 (England), 2003
  • (In archive footage) Broadway: The American Musical, PBS, 2005
  • Specials
  • The Making of "Aladdin": A Whole New World (also known as The Magic of "Aladdin"), The Disney Channel, 1992
  • Tuptim, The King and I: Recording a Hollywood Dream, PBS, 1993
  • (In archive footage) The Best of Disney Music: A Legacy in Song--Part1, CBS, 1993
  • Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years, NBC, 1993
  • A Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World, ABC, 1993
  • The Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special, ABC, 1993
  • Geri Riordan, "Redwood Curtain," Hallmark Hall of Fame, ABC, 1995
  • (Uncredited) Singing voice of Jasmine, Aladdin on Ice (also knownas Disney's "Aladdin on Ice"), CBS, 1995
  • People: A Musical Celebration of Diversity, The Disney Channel, 1995
  • Eponine, Les Miserables in Concert, PBS, 1996
  • Hey Mr. Producer! (also known as Hey Mr. Producer! The MusicalWorld of Cameron Mackintosh), PBS, 1998
  • Russell Watson: The Voice, PBS, 2001
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 45th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1991
  • The 65th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1993
  • Episodic
  • Guest, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1991
  • Narrator, "Silent Lotus," Reading Rainbow, PBS, 1993
  • Amparo, "I'll Be Home for Christmas," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 2001
  • Narrator, "My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States," Reading Rainbow, PBS, 2001
  • Other
  • Host of Kulit Bulitit; cohost, Patok Na Patok!; also appeared in Iba Ito!, Naku, Ha!, Sunday Special, and This Is It!
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Small Voice--Little Miss Lea Salonga, Volume 1, [Philippines], 1980
  • Tomorrow--Little Miss Lea Salonga, Volume 2, [Philippines], 1980
  • Miss Saigon (original London cast recording), Decca, 1990
  • Aladdin (soundtrack recording), Walt Disney, 1992
  • Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal, 1992
  • The King and I (soundtrack recording), Polygram, 1992
  • The Little Tramp (studio recording), WEA, 1992
  • Bill Shontz, Animal Tales, 1993
  • Lea Salonga, Atlantic, 1993
  • Miss Saigon (London cast highlights), Geffen, 1993
  • (With others) Music behind the Magic, 1994
  • (With others) Academy Award Winning Songs, 1934-1993, 1995
  • People: A Musical Celebration of Diversity (soundtrack), Lightyear, 1995
  • (With others) Academy Award Winning Songs, Vol. 5 (1982-1993), 1996
  • Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Concert Album, 1996
  • Royal Couyabyab: The Silver Album, 1996
  • Tim Rice, Collection: Stage & Screen Classics, 1996
  • Narrator, Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Helicon Records, 1997
  • I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, 1997
  • Lea Salonga: OPM Timeless Collection, 1997
  • In Love, BMG Philippines, 1998
  • Mulan (soundtrack recording; also known as Mulan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack), Walt Disney, 1998
  • Ariel Rivera, Aawitin Ko Na Lang ... , 1999
  • By Heart, BMG Philippines, 1999
  • The Christmas Album, 2000
  • Live, two volumes, BMG Philippines, 2000
  • (With others) Disney's Greatest Hits 1 & 2, 2001
  • (With others) John Mauceri: Greatest Hits, Philips, 2001
  • (With others) Princess Collection, Walt Disney, 2001
  • Songs from the Screen, BMG Philippines, 2001
  • The Ultimate OPM Collection: The Story of Lea Salonga (import), EMI, 2001
  • The Broadway Concert, BMG Philippines, 2002
  • Making Tracks: Songs from the Musical (original cast recording), Sony Music Taiwan, 2002
  • (With others) More Broadway's Greatest Love Songs, Decca, 2002
  • (With others) Disney's Princess Favorites, Walt Disney, 2002
  • (With others) Classic Disney (box set), Walt Disney, 2003
  • Flower Drum Song (cast recording), DRG Records, 2003
  • Baby (cast recording; also known as Baby the Musical), BMGPhilippines, 2004
  • (With others) Disney's Princess: Ultimate Song Collection, 2004
  • Songs from Home: The Concert, BMG Philippines, 2004
  • Other albums include 100% Lea Gives Her Best, BMG Philippines; The Ultimate Collection, Octo Arts; and Happy Children's Club.
  • Singles
  • (With Simon Bowman) "Last Night of the World," Geffen, 1990
  • (With Simon Bowman) "Sun and Moon," c. 1990
  • (With Brad Kane) "We Could Be in Love," Atlantic, 1993
  • (With Peabo Bryson) "How Wonderful We Are," Lightyear, 1995
  • (With Ariel Rivera) "Miong" (also known as "Suddenly in Love"), 1998
  • Other singles include "The Journey" and "100%." Recorded songs with Charlie Masso for a public awareness campaign, Young People's Project. Performer of songs used in films, television productions, and videos.
  • Videos
  • The Heat Is On (also known as The Making of "Miss Saigon"),c. 1987
  • Singing voice of Princess Jasmine (in archive footage) Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Friend Like Me, Walt Disney, 1996
  • Singing voice of Fa Mulan, Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Honor to Us All, Walt Disney, 1999
  • The Broadway Concert, BMG Philippines, 2002
  • Lea Salonga Live, [Philippines], 2003
  • Other videos include 100% Lea Gives Her Best, BMG Philippines.
  • Music Videos
  • Music videos include "100%." With Charlie Masso, recorded a music video for a public awareness campaign, Young People's Project.
  • Video Games
  • Singing voice of Princess Jasmine, Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge (also known as Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge), Sony Computer Entertainment America, 2001

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Newsmakers, Issue 3, Gale, 2003
    • Notable Asian Americans, Gale, 1995
    Periodicals
    • New York Times, March 17, 1991, pp. 5, 37
    • People Weekly, June 17, 1991, pp. 55-56
    • Playbill, July 22, 2002; September 6, 2002
    • Science World, November 19, 1993, p. 16
    Electronic
    • Theatermania.com, http://www.theatermania.com, October 16, 2002

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