Lea Salonga Is The First Filipino Artist To Perform At the White House State Dinner
LEA SALONGA – Multiple award-winning actress and singer Lea Salonga is the first Filipino to perform at the White House State Dinner.
Lea Salonga is best known for her roles in the musicals Miss Saigon and Les Misérables. For her performance in Miss Saigon in 1991, she became the first Asian actor to win a Tony Award. She was also given a Laurence Olivier Award in 1990 for the same role.
The Pinay singer-actress won the Golden Artist Award at the 2005 FAMAS Awards. Even the president at the time, Gloria Arroyo, gave her the title of Commander of the Order of Lakandula in recognition of her talent. These were only a handful of the many accolades and awards Lea received for her talent, which helped her establish herself as a well-known figure in music and entertainment all around the world.
In a previous article, Hollywood actress-singer Vanessa Hudgens shared that Lea Salonga inspired her to sing. She said “she is honestly a big reason of like, why I sing and how I sing even. But she really, really inspired me to move forward and to keep on at my dream.”
The 52-year-old Broadway star is one of the performers invited to the White House State Dinner for South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol.
Based on a report from Broadway World, Broadway stars Jessica Vosk and Norm Lewis will also be joining Lea Salonga at the state dinner. The event, which is being hosted by first lady Jill Biden, has also invited Korean-American James Beard Award-winning chef Edward Lee to work as a guest chef.
On Saturday, April 22, the Pinay singer tweeted the article that announced her upcoming show. “This is happening!” Lea said on her Twitter page.
Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo, and Sara Bareilles are a few artists who have performed at recent State Dinners.
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