Broadway Star Lea Salonga Explains Why She Won’t Perform At SEA Games Opening
LEA SALONGA – The Filipino Broadway legend Lea Salonga was the voice behind the official theme song of the 2019 South East Sian Games (SEA Games).
Fans of the Broadway star were ecstatic and have been looking forward to her performance during the opening ceremony on Nov. 30. However, Salonga said on Monday that she would not be performing.
She announced on her Twitter that she would be leaving on a jet plane for Singapore and would start her 14-show Sweeney run. This meant that she couldn’t perform at the SEA Games opening ceremonies.
Salonga also added that she won’t be back in the country until Sweeney is done. The musical, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” will be held at the Marina Bay Sands.
There, she will play Mrs. Lovett opposite Jett Pangan as Sweeney Todd. The musical would be running from November 28 to December 8.
According to a report from ABS-CBN, “We Win as One” was written by Floy Quintos and composed by National Artist for Music, Ryan Cayabyab. It is a song about camaraderie and competition.
On her Twitter post, netizens reacted to the news that she could not perform at the opening ceremony of the SEA Games. Here are some of their reactions:
Good for you, hindi ka makakatikim ng kikiam sa almusal
The Sea Games 2019 does not deserve the performance of our own Filipino Pride after the shame made by the Philippine government.
Hi @MsLeaSalonga ok na rin po na Hindi kayo magperform,very frustrating ang reception Sa athletes, venue not yet ok at obvious na Hindi handa ang bansa para dito. I’ll just be very happy watching the video of your performance at Doha, Qatar… ASIAN GAMES. All the best
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