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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 currently plays Mei-Li in the revised version of Flower Drum Song.
Jose Llana originated the role of Ta in this revival at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum. He has been on Broadway in Rent, Streetcorner Symphony and The King and I, and his Off-Broadway credits include On the Town and Saturn Returns. Llana was also seen in an episode of HBO's "Sex and the City."
Flower Drum Song plays the Virginia Theatre, which is located at 245 West 52nd Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets, priced between $65 and $95, are available by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200. For more information, go to www.flowerdrumsong.com.