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Lea Salonga discusses Filipino connection in Miss Saigon’s legacy


Lea Salonga discusses Filipino connection in Miss Saigon’s legacy

Lea Salonga. Picture: Instagram/@msleasalonga

An excited “sure!” was heard from Lea Salonga when she discovered that Boublil & Schönberg’s traditional musical “Miss Saigon” coming again to the Philippines was opened up, the place she mentioned its well timed story is among the explanation why it continues to resonate with many generations.

“To have performed it first within the present and for it to nonetheless have legs, it’s attention-grabbing that 35 years on, there are nonetheless of us who’re in a position to hook up with the story, historical past, and music,” Salonga instructed INQUIRER.internet on the sidelines of The Tabernacle Choir World Tour’s press convention.

The acclaimed theater actress performed the eponymous “Miss Saigon” throughout in its first and authentic West Finish run, in addition to within the Unique Broadway theater in 1989 and 1991.

Thirty-five years later, Salonga mentioned its storyline of “innocents nonetheless caught within the crossfire” is probably one of many explanation why the audiences nonetheless relate to the musical to this present day. “I believe that any technology that has skilled, or not less than witnessed on tv or mass media, that armed battle continues to be ongoing.”

“For so long as it’s nonetheless taking place and it’s not a distant expertise, there’ll at all times be of us who will have a look at the present and assume,”

‘Multi-layered connection’

Salonga additionally famous the connection of “Miss Saigon” to the Filipino audiences extends past its music and story. For her, it has one thing to do together with her fellow Filipinos who’re chosen to carry out the musical in several international locations — which is considerably associated to Kim’s personal story.

“I believe the connection is multi-layered. It’s not simply music, it’s not simply in regards to the story, it’s not about, ‘Oh the man from ‘Les Mis’ created this different musical,’” she mentioned. “I believe that as a result of within the authentic firm, there are such a lot of of us that got here from right here (within the Philippines) and went over there. There are nonetheless of us who got here from right here and are nonetheless recruited to go and carry out numerous roles in several productions.”

For Salonga, it can be associated to the “legacy” of “Miss Saigon” which matches far larger than herself.

“It’s a type of legacy issues. It’s one thing that I believe we as Filipino artists get to really feel like we have now possession of,” she mentioned. But it surely stays unknown if she will probably be within the nation within the musical’s theatrical run.

Salonga is again within the Philippines to carry out with The Tabernacle Choir for the second time after singing with them in December 2022 in Utah.



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Cameron Waterproof coat’s new manufacturing of “Miss Saigon,” which is able to run from March 23 to Might 12, stars Filipina-Australian theater actress Abigail Adriano because the Vietnamese lady Kim, whereas Nigel Huckle will take the a part of American GI Chris.

Additionally included within the solid are P-pop idol Kiara Dario as Gigi, Seann Miley Moore because the Engineer, Laurence Mossman as Thuy, Lewis Francis as John, and Sarah Morrison as Ellen.



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