It has been announced that Lea Salonga will star in the first international production of Broadway musical Fun Home.
Salonga, who is currently back on Broadway starring in Allegiance, will play Helen Bechdel in Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's Tony Award winning musical when it opens in Manila in late 2016.
Discussing her experience watching the Broadway production, Salonga said: "Everyone in the theater was in tears at the curtain call (yours truly included).
"I don’t recall a musical having that kind of effect. No big dance numbers, no large cast. Just a story about a family and its unique brand of dysfunction so specific, we all could find something to relate to."
Salonga starred in the original West End and Broadway productions of Miss Saigon, winning Olivier and Tony awards for her performance. Her theatre credits include playing both Éponine and Fantine in Les Miserables in the West End and on Broadway whilst she famously voiced the role of Princess Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin.