Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga


2/22/1971, Manila, Philippines

Birth Name

Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga


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Discography: Small Voice (1981) Lea (1988) Lea Salonga (1993) I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (1997) OPM Timeless Collection (1997) In Love (1998) By Heart (1999) Lea Salonga Christmas Album (2000) Live, Vol.1 (2000) Live, Vol.2 (2000) Songs From the Screen (2001) The Broadway Concert (2002)…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Other Theatrical Credits:
      Witch in Into the Woods - Singapore Repertory Theatre (1994)
      Eponine in Les Miserables - Royal Albert Hall, London (1995)
      Sonia Walsk in They're Playing Our Song - Singapore Repertory Theatre (1999)
      Mei-Li in Flower Drum Song - Virigina Theatre, New York City (2002)
      Lizzie in Baby - Meralco Theare, Manila Philippines (2004)
      Fantine in Les Miserables - Broadhurst Theatre, New York (2007)

    • Lea dropped out of her pre-med course in Ateneo de Manila University in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines in 1989. She initially wanted to become a dermatologist.

    • Lea is among the Philippines' Best Selling Female Artist of All-Time with sales amounting to 19 million.

    • Lea's father is Feliciano Genuino Salonga. Her mother is Ligaya Alcantara Imutan.

    • Before Lea hit the international stage in 1989, she was part of several local productions in Manila. The list includes: The King and I, Annie, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Fiddler on the Roof, The Rose Tattoo, The Sound Of Music, The Goodbye Girl, Paper Moon, The Fantasticks, and Flower Drum Song.

    • Lea won the Best Vocal Performance of the Year Duo/Group Award in 1999 with Ariel Rivera.

    • Lea won the Best Female Pop Vocal Album of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Album of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Awards in 1993.

    • Lea won the Best Female R&B Vocal Album of the Year Award in 1986.

    • Lea uses the name "Manang", which means old lady in Filipino, as her Internet chat code name.

    • Lea was the first full-blooded Filipina to have won the Olivier, in 1990, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards, in 1991, for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in "Miss Saigon."

    • Lea became the first Filipina ever to win the prestigious Tony Award for her role as Kim Miss Saigon.

    • Lea won Broadway's 1991 Tony Award as Best Actress for a Musical for Miss Saigon.

    • Lea had a dream role to be Eva Perón in the musical Evita.

    • Lea bought herself a white Lexus IS300 E-Shift Sedan on her birthday in 2002.

    • Lea's brother, Gerard, is a multi-talented musician and also a symphony orchestra conductor. She also has an adopted sister, Sheila.

    • Lea was chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1991.

    • Lea is five foot, two and a half inches tall.

    • Lea married Robert Charles Chien on January 10, 2004. Their daughter Nicole Beverly was born May 16, 2006.

    • Lea started her first U.S. tour in late February of 2005.

  • Quotes

    • Lea: (on her involvement with theater) I auditioned, got in and the love affair started from there and just kept going. In fact it's the longest relationship that I've had!

    • Lea: I think that if an audience is truly appreciative of a performance, they will show it. Sometimes though, there are little differences, and there are audiences that are very reserved even though they are enjoying the show.

    • Lea: You can't coach everybody in the same way. When I'm doing a one-on-one with somebody, I have to speak in a language that that person can understand, using a vocabulary that they instantly get, and I always have to feel my way around to figure that out.

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