I’m sure many people can relate to that scary moment when you look into your past yearbooks and see what you looked like 5, 10 or maybe 15 years ago! Well, we decided it would be entertaining to do a little research to find performances from the Broadway stars we know and love from their past. It’s always funny to look back on your memories to see how you have improved as a person, so here we will bring it to you first hand.
This week’s “You Look Different” star is the legend herself, Ms. Lea Salonga. From originating and portraying dozens of our favroite characters from many musicals, to providing her voice to two of Disney’s biggest hit movies, Lea Salonga has rightfully earned the title of household name. After proving herself time and time again, Lea has truly become one the most talented performers the world has ever known. Though there is no possible way to put in all of her great work into one post, these are some of my favorites of her’s! If you have another favorite, post a link for it in the description!
One of Lea’s earliest roles, and one she is best known for, is her portrayal of Kim in the original Broadway production of “Miss Saigon”. Beginning her work with that show at a very young age, Lea stunned the creative team and audiences alike with her spellbinding talent. Here is Lea’s original audition for the production:
The next two clips are from Lea’s dazzling portrayal of not just one, but two Disney princesses. For both “Aladdin” and “Mulan”, Lea Salonga provided the singing voice for both Jasmine and Mulan, respectively. Our first clip is of the song “A Whole New World”, right from the movie. The second clip is of the song “Reflection” and is from Lea’s performance at the ceremony where she became and official Disney Legend:
Lastly, but certainly not least, Lea Salonga has famously been a huge part of the “Les Miserables” family around the world. Originally playing the role of Eponine in the original Broadway production and 10th Anniversary, Lea then moved on to playing Fantine in the Broadway revival and in the 25th Anniversary. I personally enjoy Lea much more as Eponine, though I think she can knock anything out of the park! Here is Lea’s “On My Own”, from the 10th Anniversary concert edition:
I would love to hear of your favorite Lea Salonga moments! Post your stories and links in the comments below so we can all learn a little bit more!