"Serenely Indomitable, Whatever the Challenge ... Ms. Salonga is a performer whose formidable talent is matched by her unstoppable drive and keen intelligence. As Broadway divas go, Lea Salonga is a cut above most."
-Stephen Holden, New York Times
Lea Salonga: Ripe & Rich in "Back to Before"
"Lea Salonga returned to the Café Carlyle for the third time in a new, well-crafted show that reveals the personal influences of Ella and Barbra on her career, and more importantly, the pangs of discrimination she has dealt with."
The current run by Ms. Salonga—best known for her Tony-winning role in "Miss Saigon"—could be described as a win-win-win situation: one of the best in voices in contemporary theater addressing an hour's worth of first-class Broadway anthems, most assembled in intriguing new arrangements and combinations (such as a collage of the folk song "Morning Has Broken" with "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," the "Oklahoma!" opener). While every number demonstrates her vocal prowess, "I Won't Mind" is a showcase for her acting chops, a remarkable opportunity for a singer to show direct and highly interpersonal emotion, which Ms. Salonga takes full advantage of. She sings the most bombastic song ever written, "The Greatest Love of All," alongside some of the most subtle, like Sondheim's "Loving You."
-Wall Street Journal
Then, off to the filming of Lea's show, Live at The Allen Room | Jazz at Lincoln Center for BWAY-LIVE.COM. That experience was nothing but joyful. I love everyone involved in the project ... Pulse Creative, Phoenix Productions, the amazing musicians Jeff Harris, John Miller, Warren Odze and Jack Cavari (simply four the best in the biz!). My amazing team ... the dynamic duo of Andrea Hager and Jo Macaldo. My brilliant lighting designer Matt Berman. Rob Macomber, Chief Sound Engineer at JALC. Everyone at Jazz at Lincoln Center!!! It was creative, collaborative ... and we had an amazing time. You can view production photos here.
Here is the beautiful Lea rehearsing Jason Robert Brown's contemporary classic ballad from his musical, The Last Five Years. The song is 'Still Hurting.'