MANILA, Philippines -- Pointing to Tony award-winning performer and Filipino pride Lea Salonga as one of her "inspirations," Filipina-American Broadway actress Anna Maria Perez de Tagle said she hopes to take on the iconic role of Kim in the musical "Miss Saigon."
|Anna Maria Perez de Tagle interacts with her Filipino fans during a meet-and-greet event
held at Resorts World Manila on Sunday. The Filipina-American actress is set to perform as
the front act of the Jonas Brothers when they perform in Manila (October 19) and Cebu
"A lot of people know that Kim in 'Miss Saigon' is my dream role, so I'm hoping," de Tagle said during a meet-and-greet event held at Resorts World Manila on Sunday.
One of the cast members of the 2011 revival of the Broadway musical "Godspell," de Tagle has been vocal of her passion for theater -- her "first love" -- despite having landed roles in high-profile TV and film projects from Disney.
The 21-year-old actress is known for her roles in the defunct hit Disney series "Hannah Montana," as well as headlining the "Camp Rock" films alongside American pop trio Jonas Brothers, with whom she is set to perform in Manila and Cebu for their concert series across Asia.
"I think the most unforgettable moment is the day I actually got noticed by a fan [because of my role in 'Hannah Montana'], and I didn't know it would be that way because it was my first job at Disney Channel," de Tagle said.
"I remember walking in a mall, and someone recognized me. And then I became part of 'Camp Rock' and 'Camp Rock 2,' so I've just been very lucky and very blessed," she added.
De Tagle's involvement in a string of high-profile projects -- she also starred in the movie musical "Fame" in 2009 -- helped her gain recognition in the theater scene, eventually marking her Broadway stage debut with "Godspell."
She has since been reported to be among the frontrunners for the role of Kim in a planned film adapation of "Miss Saigon," the same role in the original stage musical that launched Salonga's international career in 1989.
In 2011, de Tagle was reportedly "flown in to London" to meet with Cameron Mackintosh, one of the producers behind "Miss Saigon," to audition for the role of Kim.
"[Mackintosh] and his people were reportedly blown away by what they saw and heard that he was quoted as saying, 'Lea Salonga is reborn,'" the Philippine Star reported at the time.
The same Broadway producer auditioned Salonga in 1988, and is now headed back to the Philippines to audition hopefuls for the same role for the musical's London's West End revival.
Commenting on de Tagle's possible involvement in any new iteration of "Miss Saigon," the actress-singer's management, in early October, simply said "anything can happen."
Meanwhile, de Tagle is set to perform "a Tagalog song," among others, for her front act gig with the Jonas Brothers in Manila (October 19) and Cebu (October 20).