Tony Winner Salonga Joins Broadway Backwards Line-up

News   Tony Winner Salonga Joins Broadway Backwards Line-up has learned that Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, who will play the Cafe Carlyle March 9-27, will be part of the annual Broadway Backwards concert — featuring male singers performing songs traditionally sung by women and women singing tunes written for men — which will be presented Feb. 22 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga

Stage and screen star Florence Henderson — best known for her role as TV mom Carol Brady on "The Brady Bunch" — will host the concert. Show time is 8 PM. Salonga will join the previously announced Tituss Burgess, Mario Cantone, Raul Esparza, Becki Newton, Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, Tony winner Gary Beach, Tony winner Len Cariou, Tony Goldwyn, Aaron Lazar, Michele Lee and Julia Murney. Co-creator Robert Bartley will direct with musical direction by Wayne Barker.

The upcoming concert will benefit both Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center.

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. She also made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall to a sold-out crowd and was most recently on Broadway as Fantine in the revival of Les Misérables.

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