Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Salonga and Friends Wow Carnegie Hall

When Lea Salonga made her Broadway debut in Miss Saigon in 1991, she instantly established herself as a big theater star. Since then, Salonga has moved on, appearing on television and in other theater shows (including Les Miserables and Flower Drum Song on Broadway) and touring around the world. On November 7, Salonga stopped her tour at Carnegie Hall, making her solo concert debut on the renowned stage. Her big show, directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, featured special guests Liz Callaway, Andrea McArdle and Paolo Montalban. We caught up with Salonga and some friends at a celebratory party at Providence. (Photos by Bruce Glikas for

Lea Salonga and one of her onstage guests, Paolo Montalban.

Daniel Berlin, who came onstage to sing "A Whole New World" with Salonga, and the star after the show.

Original A Chorus Line stars Priscilla Lopez and Kelly Bishop were on hand to chear on Lea Salonga.

Lea Salonga and her joyous mother.

Lea Salonga and friend Victor Lirio, who is producing director of the Diverse City Theatre Company.

Musical director Kevin Stites (Oprah's The Color Purple) and Lea Salonga.

The woman of the night (w/ pinoy on board her tummy)

Richard Jay-Alexander poses with two of Salonga's Miss Saigon friends, Liz Callaway and Richard Maltby, Jr..

Robert Chien show his pride for his wife, Lea Salonga.

Guest artists Liz Callaway and Andrea McArdle flank the star.

Richard Jay-Alexander, who directed the concert, and Lea Salonga.

Actor Chris Gunn and stage manager Charlene Steyerer.

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