As Fantine in Les Miserables
In 2005, Salonga gave her first US concert tour. Later that year, she performed to a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall for the benefit of Diverse City Theater Company. She also did voice work for Disney’s English dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro as Mrs. Kusakabe. Salonga wrote the foreword to Linda Marquart’s “The Right Way to Sing” (2005). In 2006, at the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, Salonga concluded the closing ceremony with the song “Triumph of the One” before an audience of 50,000 people at the Khalifa Stadium.
In 2007, she returned to Broadway for another stint in the musical Les Misérables, this time as Fantine. Her rejoining the show boosted the musical’s ticket sales. Salonga received rave reviews and made it again to the short list of Broadway.com’s Audience Award favorites as Best Replacement. During her tenure on Broadway that season, she appeared in Broadway on Broadway 2007 and Stars in the Alley 2007, spoke at the Broadway Artists Alliance Summer Intensives, guested on the Broadway musical 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and participated in Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS’ 12th Annual Nothing Like a Dame event to benefit the women’s health initiative of The Actors Fund. Right after doing Les Misérables, she performed in two events: at the US Military Academy Band’s concert in West Point where she sang four songs and an encore and in her own concert at the Tarrytown Music Hall in New York. She was then busy with other concerts and musical events, including a Christmas presentation in Manila.
The Singing Voice of Fa Mulan (Mulan II)
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