MANILA – Lea Salonga participated in a star-studded online concert on Sunday (Monday in Manila) that celebrated the 90th birthday of musical theater legend and composer Stephen Sondheim.
Salonga performed “Loving You” from Sondheim's musical “Passion” before giving a heartfelt message for Sondheim.
“I just wanted to wish you a very happy 90th birthday. I think it is absolutely fantastic that you have allowed for ASTEP to raise funds as part of this celebration,” she said.
“In this crisis, all of us are turning to the arts for comfort and solace and sanity so I feel that it’s important to expose children to the arts. Whether or not they end up as artists as adults, it is something that will only serve to enrich, enhance and fill their lives,” she added.
The online concert also doubled as a fundraiser in support of Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), an organization dedicated to transforming "the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art."
Before the streaming of the show, Salonga took to social media to share how elated she feels to be in the company of Broadway legends who were also part of the online concert.
The event also featured other artists including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Neil Patrick Harris, Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Groban, Aaron Tveit, and Jake Gyllenhaal among many others.
The YouTube link for the concert can be seen below: