Guest Artists

Lea Salonga (2022)

Photo: Raymund Isaac


  • 2022 Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir featuring Lea Salonga and David Suchet

Music & the Spoken Word Broadcast

  • Broadcast #4866 (December 18, 2022)

Artist Information

Lea Salonga is a multiple award-winning actress and singer renowned across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch. She is best known for her roles and multiple awards in musical theater—including the Tony® for Miss Saigon—and as the singing voice of two Disney Princesses. Salonga is also an accomplished recording artist and television performer.

At age eighteen, Salonga rose to international recognition when she originated the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon in London’s West End and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She then reprised the role on Broadway, winning the Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Theatre World Awards before making history as the first Asian actress to win a Tony® Award. Salonga was the first actress of Asian descent to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway. She also portrayed Éponine and Fantine in the musical's 10th and 25th anniversary concerts, respectively, in London.

Many fans of all ages recognize Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II. She was named a Disney Legend in 2011 for her work with The Walt Disney Company.

Salonga starred as Wu Mei-Li in the 2002 Broadway revival of Flower Drum Song. From 2015 to 2016, she returned to Broadway to portray Kei Kimura in Allegiance, and from 2017 to 2019, she appeared as Erzulie in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island.

In August 2021, Lea released her single “Dream Again” and in November, Lea Salonga: Live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra which aired as part of Great Performances on PBS. Lea's 2022  “Dream Again Tour” and her 2019 “The Human Heart Tour” saw sold-out audiences and record-breaking sales across North America and the United Kingdom.

She currently stars in the HBO Max series Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. An avid techie and gamer, Lea divides her time between the United States and Manila, Philippines.