Lea Salonga Does Double-Duty: Flower Drum Song and "As the World Turns"

News   Lea Salonga Does Double-Duty: Flower Drum Song and "As the World Turns" Lea Salonga, who is currently starring in Flower Drum Song at the Virginia Theatre, returns to the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns" this month.

Beginning Jan. 28, Salonga will reprise her role of Lien Hughes, a part she played on the award-winning soap from Feb. 2001 to May 2001. When she returns to the long-running series, her character will have news about Marshall Travers' (Lamman Rucker) missing daughter. Chris Goutman, executive producers of "As the World Turns," said in a statement, "We are thrilled to have Lea back on board with us to help move this story forward. The search for Marshall's missing daughter provided us with the perfect opportunity to bring Lien back to the show." "As the World Turns" airs on CBS-TV in the metropolitan area from 2-3 PM ET. Check local listings.

Lea Salonga burst onto the London and New York theatre scene as Kim in the international hit musical Miss Saigon. For her heartbreaking performance, she was awarded the Laurence Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards. On Broadway she was also seen in another Boublil-Schönberg musical, Les Misérables, as the ill fated Eponine, a role she would later repeat in the concert video of the musical. In her native Philippines, the singer-actress has appeared in productions of Annie, The Sound of Music, The Goodbye Girl, Paper Moon, The Fantasticks, My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, They're Playing Our Song and, most recently, Proof. On film, Salonga sang the female leads in the Disney animated films "Aladdin" and "Mulan" and has recorded several solo albums. She returned to Broadway in September in the revised version of Flower Drum Song, which received much critical praise when it debuted at the Mark Taper Forum.