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A Lea Salonga Interview


US ASIANS: When you were hosting “Love, Lea” - could you share what was the most rewarding experience(s)?

LEA SALONGA: Singing with some of my favorite singers. That was always cool.

US ASIANS: What was the history behind the creation of the “Love, Lea” mini-variety show program for kids that you co-hosted with your brother Gerard?

LEA SALONGA: I don't remember much of the creative process (I was only 12 and was too busy with other things to really know what was going on). All I know is, someone had the bright idea of creating the show, and that was that. It was fun!

It's incredibly important to me to keep my feet on the ground and maintain a close circle of friends. (Lea Salonga)
US ASIANS: What other television shows have you hosted in the past and which one(s) were your favorite(s)?

LEA SALONGA: I can't remember all of them... Love, Lea would have to be the favorite though, because it was mine.

US ASIANS: Could you elaborate on why you would love to be interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show, among other personal favorite television programs?

LEA SALONGA: Okay, who wouldn't want to be interviewed by Oprah, or Ellen?

US ASIANS: Acknowledging that you only go for parts where there’s something to be learned for participating, which of the below-listed (or any that are not listed) provided an invaluable learning experiences?

Broadway: The American Musical (2004) Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Honor to Us All (1999)
Les Misérables in Concert (1995) Redwood Curtains (1995)
A Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World (1993) The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993)
Making of 'Aladdin': A Whole New World (1992) The Making of 'Miss Saigon (1989(
Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh 100 Greatest Musicals
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Friend Like Me (1996) The King and I: Recording a Hollywood Dream (1993)
The Best of Disney Music: A Legacy in Song - Part I (1993) That's Entertainment (1985(
As the World Turns NBC's ER

LEA SALONGA: Some of the ones above were either shows that I was interviewed on. I didn't always perform for the abovementioned shows. I can't say that any one for sure provided a great opportunity to learn... some of them were just great opportunities to sing. Some concerts were opportunities to get autographs.

US ASIANS: Which of the Filipino films that you appeared in (i.e. Maulit Muli - May It Be Repeated, Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal - Why I Love You So Much, Tropang Bulilit, Pik Pak Boom, etc.) still resonated with yourself and with the Filipino communities?

LEA SALONGA: Probably Sana Maulit Muli. Wherever I go in the Pinoy community, I'm greeted with the "I saw you in that movie with Aga, the one in the States" thing. It was a movie on which everyone who was involved with it, worked really really hard.

US ASIANS: Listed below are the CDs and DVDs that Lea has made during her career. They are the following:

Year Project Participation
2005 Satsuki & Mei's Mom (voice - Disney version)
2003 Mickey's PhilharMagic (voice) (uncredited) .... Jasmine
2001-2003 As the World Turns TV Series .... Lien Hughes #2
2001 "ER" - I'll Be Home for Christmas TV Episode .... Amparo
2001 Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge (VG) (singing voice) .... Princess Jasmine
1998 Mulan (singing voice) .... Mulan
1995 Aladdin on Ice (TV) (singing voice) (uncredited) .... Jasmine
1995 Sana maulit muli Agnes
1995 Redwood Curtain (TV) .... Geri Riordan
1993 Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special (TV) .... Singer
1992 Bakit labis kitang mahal Sandy
1992 Aladdin (singing voice) .... Jasmine
1989 Dear Diary  
1989 Pik pak boom Rose
1988 Tonari no Totoro (voice: English version)
1986 Captain Barbell Rosemarie
1986 Ninja Kids Yoko
1985 Like Father, Like Son Angela
1981 Tropang bulilit Lisa

Year Project Participation
2003 The 100 Greatest Musicals TV - As herself
2003 Lea Salonga Live Herself - Performer
2003 The Broadway Concert Herself - Performer
1999 The Rosie McDonnell Show (Jan. 21) TV Episode - As Herself
1998 Hey, Mr. Producer! Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh Kim, Eponine, and others
1995 Les Misérables in Concert (TV) .... Eponine
1993 A Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World (TV) .... Herself
1993 "Reading Rainbow" - Silent Lotus TV Episode (voice) .... Herself
1993 The 65th Annual Academy Awards (TV) .... Herself - Performer: 'A Whole New World'
1993 The King and I: Recording a Hollywood Dream (TV) .... Herself
1992 The Making of 'Aladdin': A Whole New World (TV) .... Herself
1991 "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" TV Episode .... Herself (Dec 6)
1989 The Heat Is On Herself (Kim) ... aka The Making of 'Miss Saigon'
1985 "That's Entertainment" TV Series .... Herself

Production Category Function Dates of Production
Flower Drum Song Revival, Musical, Comedy Performer: Lea Salonga Oct 17, 2002 - Mar 16, 2003
Something Good
Original, Special, Concert Performer: Lea Salonga Jun 28, 2002 - Jun 28, 2002
Miss Saigon Original, Musical, Drama Performer: Lea Salonga Apr 11, 1991 - Jan 28, 2001
Les Misérables Original, Musical, Drama Performer: Lea Salonga (replacement) Mar 12, 1987 - May 18, 2003

Year Album Artist Credit
1958 Aladdin (1958 CBS TV Soundtrack) Original Soundtrack  
1992 Aladdin (Original Soundtrack) Original Soundtrack Vocals, Performer
1992 King & I (Original Soundtrack) Original Soundtrack Vocals
1993 Animal Tales Bill Shontz Vocals
1993 Lea Salonga Lea Salonga Vocals, BG Vocals
1993 Miss Saigon (London Cast Highlights) London Cast Vocals, Performer
1994 Music Behind the Magic Various Artists Vocals, Performer
1995 Academy Award Winning Songs (1934-1993) Various Artists Performer
1995 Classic Disney, Vol. 1 Various Artists Vocals, Performer
1995 Disney's Princess Collection Various Artists Vocals, Performer
1995 Greatest Hits Various Artists Performer
1995 People Original Soundtrack Vocals
1996 Academy Award Winning Songs (1982-1993) Various Artists Performer
1996 Collection: Stage & Screen Classics Tim Rice Vocals, Performer
1996 Les Miserables 10th Annual Anniversary Concert 1995 Royal Albert Hall Concert Cast Cast
1997 Classic Disney Collection Various Artists Vocals, Performer
1998 Disney's Princess Collection Vol. 2 Various Artists Vocals
1998 Mulan Original Soundtrack Vocals, Performer
1999 Aawitin Ko Na Lang . . . Ariel Rivera Performer
2000 Broadway's Greatest Love Songs Various Artists Performer
2000 Classic Disney (2000 Box Set) Various Artists Vocals
2001 Disney's Greatest Hits 1 & 2 Various Artists Vocals
2001 Disney's Greatest, Vol. 1 Various Artists Vocals
2001 Greatest Hits Hollywood Bowl Orchestra & John Mauceri Performer
2001 Princess Collection Various Artists Vocals
2002 Disney's Princess Favorites Various Artists Performer
2002 More Broadway's Greatest Love Songs Various Artists Performer
2003 Classic Disney (2003 Box Set) Various Artists Vocals
2003 Flower Drum Song (2002 Broadway Revival Cast) 2002 Broadway Revival Cast Cast
2004 Aladdin (Original Soundtrack w/bonus tracks) Original Soundtrack Vocals
2004 Disney Princess: The Ultimate Song Collection Disney Vocals
2005 Disney Princess Tea Party Disney Vocals
2005 Disney Wishes Disney Vocals
2005 Mulan II Original Soundtrack Vocals
2005 Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs Julie Andrews Vocals
2005 Stand Ye Steady! Songs of Courage & Inspiration USMA Cadet Glee Club Soloist
Read about her career goals by clicking HERE
Review the many elements that make Lea a star professionally and personally

Family History
Gerard Salonga
Mariya Barreto
Personal Life
Words of Advice

Catholic Documentary

Faith and Prayer
Lea's Prayer
Lea on Prayer

Current Status of Diversity
David Henry Hwang Views
Filipino Pride
Influx of APA Talent
Marian Liu Interview

Mulan's Diversity

Problems Obtaining Roles
Role Models
Perceptions - Past/Present/Future
Supporting APA Organizations
Yellow Ceiling

Boyfriend / Fiance / Husband
Diane Monique LHuillier
Introduction to Robert
Lasting Memories
Lea on Romance
Life Being Married
New Baby
Wedding Day

Charity Work
Lea's Charities

Career Goals
Flower Drum Song
Memorable Performances
Selection of Roles

2005 Tour Dates
Favorite Roles
Musical Theater
Old School Singing
Richard Jay Alexander

Film Career
TV Experiences

Film & TV (Actress)
Film & TV (Herself)

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