Tony Winner Lea Salonga Joins Cast of Hollywood Bowl Annie | Playbill

Cabaret & Concert News Tony Winner Lea Salonga Joins Cast of Hollywood Bowl Annie Broadway veteran Eamon Foley also joins a creative team lead by Once On This Island director Michael Arden.
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Lea Salonga will take on the role of Grace Farrell, assistant to billionaire Oliver Warbucks, in Annie, the latest of the Hollywood Bow's annual summer staged musicals. The production is scheduled to play the California venue July 27–29.

The production will be helmed by Tony-nominated director Michael Arden, who directed Salonga in this season's currently-running Broadway revival of Once On This Island.

Newly joining the creative team is choreographer Eamon Foley, a former child actor and Broadway veteran of such productions as Gypsy, Assassins, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, 13, and Everyday Rapture.

This new production will mark the 90th birthday of the show's composer, Charles Strouse, who wrote the hit show along with lyricist Martin Charnin and bookwriter Thomas Meehan. Since its smash-hit Broadway debut in 1977, Annie has been revived twice on Broadway (in 1997 and 2014), spawned numerous national tours, and been adapted into three motion pictures (in 1982, 1999, and 2014).

Salonga currently stars as Erzulie in Broadway's Once On This Island, with previous Broadway credits that include Flower Drum Song and Allegiance. She made her Broadway debut leading the original production of Miss Saigon, winning a Tony Award for her performance as Kim. She has also provided the singing voice for two Disney princesses, Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan. For her performances in those films, she was named a Disney Legend in 2011.

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