There’s no stopping for Lea Salonga when it comes to achieving Broadway milestones
Lea Salonga has added another feather to her cap as she is now a Broadway producer. The Tony winner shared the good news in an Instagram post last June 17, 2023 as she gushed about producing a staging of “Here Lies Love.”
“Speaking of debuts, I’m making my own tonight as a BROADWAY PRODUCER! I blame this squarely on the mighty shoulders of @clintramos and @joseiswriting. What have you gotten me into?!?” said Lea.
“Here Lies Love” is the first musical on Broadway about the Philippines with entirely Filipino principal roles.
The 23-member company of “Here Lies Love” includes Melody Butiu, Moses Villarama, Jasmine Forsberg, Reanne Acasio, Jaygee Macapugay, Julia Abueva, Renée Albulario, Aaron Alcaraz, Carol Angeli, Nathan Angelo, Kristina Doucette, Roy Flores, Timothy Matthew Flores, Sarah Kay, Jeigh Madjus, Aaron “AJ” Mercado, Geena Quintos, Shea Renne, and Angelo Soriano.
More about “Here Lies Love”
Earlier this month, it was also announced that Los Angeles-based Filipino artist Garth Garcia will be part of the Broadway musical as a community investor.
Performances began at the Broadway Theatre on June 17, 2023, ahead of the official opening night on July 20, 2023.
From its world premiere at The Public Theater in 2013, the musical has enjoyed popular and critical acclaim.
The show returned to The Public in 2014-2015, debuted at London’s Royal National Theatre in 2014, and most recently opened at Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2017.
Based on a real story, “Here Lies Love” follows Imelda Marcos, whose husband Ferdinand Marcos Sr. was the 10th president of the Philippines and ruled as dictator for 20 years until 1986. During his regime, Philippine senator Ninoy Aquino was the Marcos family’s leading critic until being assassinated in 1983. His murder sparked the People Power Revolution, which led to the removal of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos from power.
Lea will play Aurora Aquino in a limited guest engagement starting from July 11 to August 13, 2023. Aurora is the mother of Ninoy Aquino (played in the show by Ricamora). Following her run, guest stars from the Philippines will take over the role.
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