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LEA SALONGA

The Philippines' national treasure

November 5, 2009
By JON WOODHOUSE, Contributing Writer

Adapting Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly," the British producers of "Miss Saigon" tried vainly to find a young Asian actress/singer in the U.K. who could play the lead role of a Vietnamese orphan. Scouring many countries they eventually found 17-year-old Lea Salonga in the Philippines.

 
 

 

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