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Also Known As: Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga Died:
Born: February 22, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philippines Profession: singer, actor

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An international star of the musical stage, Lea Salonga was born in Manila, the Philippines in 1971. Her remarkably resonant singing voice was evident practically from infancy, and Salonga went professional with her pursuits in 1978 when she joined the Repertory Philippines' production of "The King and I." By 1981, Salonga was releasing her first album, and by 1986, she was starring in feature films like "Tropang bulilit" (1986) and "Ninja Kids" (1986). Her fame reached new heights when she won the lead role of Kim in the debut London production of "Miss Saigon" in 1989, and grew greater still when she provided the singing voice for the character Jasmine in Disney's "Aladdin" (1992). She would go on to play still more iconic roles on Broadway, memorably playing Eponine in "Les Miserables," and took her recording career to international audiences soon after with her self-titled album in 1993. Salonga would release more albums including Lea...In Love and By Heart, and starred in a Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Flower Drum Song" in 2002. She would also star in the original production of "Allegiance" at the Old Globe in San Diego, later following the hit play to Broadway as well. In...

An international star of the musical stage, Lea Salonga was born in Manila, the Philippines in 1971. Her remarkably resonant singing voice was evident practically from infancy, and Salonga went professional with her pursuits in 1978 when she joined the Repertory Philippines' production of "The King and I." By 1981, Salonga was releasing her first album, and by 1986, she was starring in feature films like "Tropang bulilit" (1986) and "Ninja Kids" (1986). Her fame reached new heights when she won the lead role of Kim in the debut London production of "Miss Saigon" in 1989, and grew greater still when she provided the singing voice for the character Jasmine in Disney's "Aladdin" (1992). She would go on to play still more iconic roles on Broadway, memorably playing Eponine in "Les Miserables," and took her recording career to international audiences soon after with her self-titled album in 1993. Salonga would release more albums including Lea...In Love and By Heart, and starred in a Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Flower Drum Song" in 2002. She would also star in the original production of "Allegiance" at the Old Globe in San Diego, later following the hit play to Broadway as well. In 2013, Salonga switched gears to focus on television, becoming a judge on "The Voice of the Philippines" (ABS-CBN, 2013-). She could not stay away from Broadway for long however, starring in a revival of "Once on This Island" in 2017.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 MULAN (1998) Singing Voice Of Mulan
2.
 Redwood Curtain (1995) Geri Riordan
3.
 Aladdin (1992) Singing Voice Of Jasmine
6.
 "Les Miserables" in Concert (1996) Eponine
7.
 People (1995) Voice
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1980:
Played the title role in the Manila production of "Annie"
1996:
Portrayed Éponine in the London and touring production of "Les Misérables"
1995:
Landed a major supporting role in CBS adaptation of "Redwood Curtain"
2001:
Guest starred on CBS daytime series "As the World Turns"
2002:
Returned to Broadway with a starring role in the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Flower Drum Song"
2006:
Replaced Daphne Rubin-Vega as Fantine on Broadway in a return engagement of "Les Misérables"
2011:
Was honored as a Disney Legend
1978:
Appeared in the Philippine production of "The King and I"
1992:
Provided the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in the animated Disney feature "Aladdin"
1991:
Made her Broadway debut in the title role of "Miss Saigon"
1998:
Provided the singing voice of the title character in Disney animated feature "Mulan"
1989:
Delivered a breakthrough theater performance as the title character in the London stage musical "Miss Saigon"
2013:
Began appearing as a coach on "The Voice of the Philippines"
2016:
Guest starred on an episode of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
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Popular songs include "Reflection" and "The Journey".
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Released her first album, <i>Small Voice</i>.
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Co-starred in a number of stage productions including "Fiddler on the Roof," "The Sound of Music," "The Rose," and "The Goodbye Girl."
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Co-starred in the film "Tropang bulilit."
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Began regularly appearing on "That's Entertainment."
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Appeared in the film "Ninja Kids."
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Reprised her role in "Miss Saigon" when the play opened on Broadway.
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Took on the role of Eponine in the Broadway production of "Les Miserables."
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Released her self-titled, international debut album.
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Released the album <i>Lea...In Love</i>.
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Released the album <i>By Heart</i>.
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Starred in the Asian touring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella."
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Played Grizabella in the Manila production of "Cats."
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Starred in the first production of "Allegiance" at the Old Globe in San Diego.
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Reprised her role in "Allegiance" on Broadway.
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Took on the role of Erzulie in the Broadway revival of "Once on This Island."
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Education

Ateneo De Manila University: - 1988

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father:
Feliciano Genuino Salonga.
mother:
Maria Ligaya Salonga.

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