THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Tony Winner Lea Salonga Shares Her Cherished Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
April 24, 2012

Playbill.com's new feature series, Their Favorite Things, asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of Tony-winning singer-actress Lea Salonga, who will offer a solo concert May 4 at 8 PM at The Town Hall in Manhattan. Tickets for her evening, which is entitled Lea Salonga: The Journey Continues, are available by visiting Ticketmaster.com.

Read more about Lea Salonga in the Playbill Vault.



Avenue Q

 

"When two of my favorite things in the whole world — 'Sesame Street' and irreverent humor — come together in perfect harmony. And, John Tartaglia is cute."

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for Avenue Q.

 

 

Spamalot

 

"I wanted to be the Lady of the Lake sooooooooo bad... Sara Ramirez is an absolute badass!" 

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for Spamalot.

 

Doubt 

"Cherry Jones is irreplaceable."

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for Doubt.

Les Misérables

 

"The first time I saw it on Broadway was when Debbie Gibson was playing Eponine. That only cemented my desire to play that same role."

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for Les Misérables.

 

 

Miss Saigon

 

"It's already an experience being in it, and quite another watching it. It's an amazing piece of theatre, and I'm not even talking about the helicopter."  

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for Miss Saigon.

 

 

Blue Man Group

 

"Yes, it's way Off-Broadway, but come on! Three bald, blue men doing some of the craziest things on stage? I can't not mention that!"

 

 

Billy Elliot

"Oh... my... God. Kudos to the casting director for finding those ridiculously talented young men to play that mammoth part. I'm sad that it's no longer running."

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for Billy Elliot.
 

 

 

 

The King and I 

 

"I'm a sucker for amazing Asians in Broadway shows."

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for The King and I.

 

South Pacific (Lincoln Center)

 

"I fell in love with Paulo Szot on the night I saw it."

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for South Pacific.

 

 

A Little Night Music

 

"Bernadette Peters was incandescent when I saw it... the entire company was sublime, and it's one show I'd see again and again."

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for A Little Night Music.

 

 

The Lion King

 

"'Circle of Life' is life-changing. I kid you not, I still remember that elephant coming down the house left aisle, and me bursting into tears!"

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for The Lion King.

 

 

Beauty and the Beast

 

"The transformation. Enough said."

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for Beauty and the Beast.

 

 

Mary Poppins

 

"She flies above the audience!!!"

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for Mary Poppins.

 

 

Wicked

 

"I saw Idina Menzel after she won the Tony, and she was spot-on perfect on the night I saw her."

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for Wicked.

 

Godspell (Revival)

 

"Two dear friends, Telly Leung and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, are in it, and I am always proud of the two of them and all they've achieved."

Click here to visit the Playbill Vault page for Godspell.