Lea Salonga Honored At Walt Disney Event

Los Angeles, CA — Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, who vocally brought to life voices of Jasmine from Aladdin and Mulan from Mulan, was honored Friday, August 19, as an official Disney Legend during the three-day D23 EXPO, in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena, according to Broadwayworld.com, an on-line site for Broadway Shows, Theater and Live Entertainment. The Disney Legends Awards program is a 24-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company.

Salonga was one of modern-day Disney Princesses honored at the event. Others included were Jodi Benson Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Paige O’Hara Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Linda Larkin speaking voice of Jasmine from Aladdin, and Anika Noni Rose Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. Television icon Regis Philbin and Muppets creator Jim Henson were likewise honored.

Meanwhile, Salonga will also be performing in an upcoming Philippine Development Foundation ((PhilDev) star-studded benefit concert, “PhilDev Celebrates Broadway: Suites by Sondheim,” at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on November 7, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Victor Lirio and with music direction by Tom Myron, the concert will feature Filipino-American Broadway stars and will be devoted to the works of iconic American lyricist and composer, Stephen Sondheim. It will present musical numbers from Broadway shows such as Company, West Side Story, Saturday Night, Sweeney Todd, Anyone Can Whistle, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along, and Sunday in the Park with George.

PhilDev also announced the addition of three Filipino-American theater stars joining the all-Sondheim concert: Filipino-American film and theater actor, T.V. Carpio, currently on Broadway in Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark; stage and television actor Angel Desai, who starred in the Tony Award winning revival of Sondheim’s Company (opposite Tony nominee Raul Esparza); and Catherine Ricafort, currently on Broadway in Mamma Mia.

The concert will feature over 30 Filipino-American musical theater stars including Joan Almedilla (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables); Alan Ariano(Miss Saigon, The Encounter); Emy Baysic (Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia); T.V. Carpio (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Across the Universe); Angel Desai (Company); Ali Ewoldt (Les Miserables, West Side Story); Rona Figueroa (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Lennon, Nine); Lydia Gaston (The King & I, Miss Saigon); Adam Jacobs (Les Miserables, The Lion King); Jose Llana (The King & I, Spelling Bee, The Flower Drum Song opposite Lea Salonga, Wonderland); Orville Mendoza (Pacific Overtures, Miss Saigon); Paolo Montalban (Pacific Overtures, The King & I, ABC/Disney’s Cinderella as Prince Charming opposite Brandy); Emily Morales (Lincoln Center’s South Pacific); Jennifer Paz (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Joseph … Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar); Diane Phelan (South Pacific, West Side Story) and company members Aaron Albano, Marie France Arcilla, Ester Barroso, Billy Bustamante, Liz Casasola, Karl Josef Co, Marc dela Cruz, Ariel Estrada, Albert Guerzon, Joanne Javien, Brian Jose, Jaygee Macapugay, Mel Maghuyop, Jake Manabat, Adam Marcelo, JP Moraga, Lora Nicolas, EnRico Rodriguez, Chris-Ian Sanchez, and Melissa Singson.

Tickets can now be purchased at Lincoln Center’s box office via online at www.lincolncenter.org or by calling 212-721-6500. Ticket prices are $100, $150, $250, and $500. Limited patron/VIP subscriber seats of $1,000 are available (includes a pre-concert VIP reception) by contacting Rene Encarnacion at rene@phildev.org or 650-288-3937. 100% of net proceeds will benefit Philippine Development Foundation.

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