ATHENS, Ga. —UGA Presents is bringing Tony Award winner Lea Salonga to Athens Apr. 26 for a sold-out concert at the Performing Arts Center. Salonga’s 7:30 p.m. Hodgson Hall show is part of her worldwide “The Human Heart Tour” which is taking her to venues throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Salonga rose to international fame in 1989 when she was selected to play Kim in the Broadway musical Miss Saigon. The role won her the Tony Award as well as Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards. She recently returned to Broadway as Erzulie, the goddess of love, in the revival of Once on This Island, which won the 2018 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.
Salonga is also known to millions of Disney fans as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan and Mulan II. A native of the Philippines, she serves as a judge on the hit Philippines version of The Voice, and she has sold over 19 million albums worldwide, making her one of the best-selling Filipina artists of all time.
Tickets for the concert are sold out but anyone interested in attending is encouraged to check the Performing Arts Center website periodically for updates on ticket availability: pac.uga.edu.
A pre-performance talk will be given by Naomi Graber, an assistant professor in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The talk begins at 6:45 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall and is open to the public.
The concert is sponsored by William B. Chambers and Jim and Freida Travis.
Hodgson and Ramsey Halls are located in the UGA Performing Arts Center at 230 River Road in Athens.