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Lea Salonga to Play Grizabella in Philippines Production of Cats logo
Lea Salonga
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Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award-winning actress Lea Salonga will play Grizabella in a limited July premiere engagement of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, to be presented at Manila's Philippine Culture Center mainstage, the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo Theatre.

The musical is based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, by T.S. Eliot. The international cast will also feature Australia's John O'Hara in the role of Rum Tum Tugger.

Salonga was the original Kim on the West End and Broadway in Miss Saigon, with additional Broadway credits including Les Miserables and Flower Drum Song. She is also the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin, which had the Oscar-winning song "A Whole New World." Salonga, who had been making her home on the West Coast, returned to her native Philippines about two years ago with her husband and daughter. She recently toured Asian mainstages with Broadway Asia's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

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