The Heat Is On: Lea Salonga Will Be Les Miz's New Fantine

News   The Heat Is On: Lea Salonga Will Be Les Miz's New Fantine Lea Salonga, the Tony Award-winning star of Miss Saigon, will return to Broadway as Fantine in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Les Misérables beginning March 6 at The Broadhurst Theatre.

Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga

Salonga is no stranger to the show. She played Eponine in 1993 in the original Broadway run.

She takes over for the role created by Daphne Rubin-Vega, who departs Les Miz Feb. 18 to star in Jack Goes Boating with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Ensemble member Nikki Renée Daniels will perform the role of Fantine Feb. 20-March 4.

Due to strong box-office and enthusiastic audiences, Les Miz recently announced an extension through at least the summer of 2007, and Salonga will stay with the production through the entire period.

Salonga catapulted to international stage stardom when she was chosen to star as Kim in the 1989 London world premiere of Boublil and Schonberg's Miss Saigon, produced by Cameron Mackintosh. Only 17 at the time, Philippines native Salonga received critical acclaim and went on to win the Olivier Award as Best Actress in a Musical. In 1991 she reprised her performance on Broadway, again earning rave reviews and winning the Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical, along with Best Actress honors from the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics' Circle.

Salonga returned to Broadway in 2002, starring in the revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song.

For tickets and performance information, please call telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200 or on-line at www.telecharge.com, or www.lesmiserables.com.

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