Lea Salonga is bringing her extraordinary talent back to the UK with new tour Stage, Screen & Everything In Between.
Lea will launch the tour with her first return to London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane – the iconic venue where she made her name as the original Miss Saigon 35 years ago – ahead of taking her spine-tingling vocals to cities across the country.
This will be the first time Lea has performed at the legendary West End theatre since creating the role of Kim in Miss Saigon in 1989. The role catapulted her international career and sealed her place in musical theatre history, with both Olivier and Tony Award wins.
In Stage, Screen & Everything In Between, musical theatre fans will experience stage and screen classics from Lea's best known roles in Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Aladdin and Mulan, new-found favourites from the critically acclaimed West End hit Old Friends and much more from her celebrated career.
Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday December 8 from cuffeandtaylor.com
Friday June 21 – WOLVERHAMPTON, Grand Theatre (preview)
Monday June 24 – LONDON, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Tuesday June 25 – CARDIFF, Wales Millennium Centre
Wednesday June 26 – BRISTOL, Bristol Beacon
Friday June 28 – NOTTINGHAM, Royal Concert Hall
Saturday, June 29 – GATESHEAD, The Glasshouse
Sunday June 30 – EDINBURGH, Festival Theatre
Monday, July 1 – MANCHESTER, Bridgewater Hall
Announcing Stage, Screen & Everything In Between Lea Salonga said: “I have so much love for UK audiences, so I am thrilled to be able to share some of the many wonderful songs I have sung throughout my career with fans once more – as well as some treats from ‘in between' too.
“Returning to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane after all this time is a dream come true. It's an iconic venue, that holds such special personal memories – I cannot wait.
“I will always be grateful for Miss Saigon and the way that show changed my life – so to celebrate it once more, back in that beautiful and historic theatre will be incredibly special… But where have 35 years gone?”
Stage, Screen & Everything In Between will be Lea's third UK concert tour presented by Live Nation promoters Cuffe and Taylor with critics hailing her vocals as ‘spine-tingling' and ‘simply stunning'.
Ben Hatton, Director of Theatre Touring for Cuffe and Taylor, said: “Lea Salonga is a true international icon of musical theatre and we are honoured and delighted to present Stage, Screen & Everything In Between. There's no doubt these concerts will be a must-see event for any musical theatre fan. Don't miss out!”
Lea Salonga was just 17 when she was discovered by the producers of Miss Saigon in her native Philippines to be cast in the lead role of Kim. She originated the role in London and New York, winning the Olivier and Tony Awards for best actress in a musical. She returned to the West End in 2014 as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations for Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre.
Lea is also famed for her portrayal of both Eponine and Fantine in Les Misérables on Broadway – the first actress of Asian descent to play the roles. She also appeared in the musical's 10th and 25th anniversary concerts in London.
Her 2022 Dream Again Tour and 2019 The Human Heart Tour saw sold-out audiences and record-breaking sales across North America and the UK. In 2023, Lea returned to the West End to wow audiences heading the cast of Old Friends alongside Broadway icon Bernadette Peters, in paying tribute to the late, great composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. She returned to Broadway in the summer, to appear in and co-produce Here Lies Love - Fatboy Slim and David Byrne's biographical musical based on the life of Imelda Marcos.
On screen, Lea's pitch perfect tones are featured as the singing voices of two Disney Princesses – the only person to have ever done this. As Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, Lea recorded the iconic Oscar, GRAMMY and Golden Globe-winning Disney love song A Whole New World, followed by her performance as Fa Mulan in Mulan and Mulan II, roles which earned her the official title of Disney Legend.
Away from the stage, Lea starred in the 2022 HBO series Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, has been a judge on the Philippines' version of The Voice and has sold a staggering 19 million albums worldwide – making her one of the best-selling Filipina artists of all time.
Having previously performed for the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales, and former US presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Lea boasts numerous accolades including a Grammy Award nomination and Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards among others. She has toured all over the world, performing sold out concerts in such locations as the Sydney Opera House, London's O2, The Royal Albert Hall, The Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Singapore's Esplanade, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Carnegie Hall in New York.