Nearly three decades since they first shared the stage in the original “Miss Saigon,” Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman appear to have retained their chemistry as they reunited over the weekend as co-performers.
Bowman, 57, was one of the special guests at the 40th anniversary concert of Salonga, 47, held at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center.
“I will always be grateful to him. He will always have a very special place in my heart,” Salonga said, as she introduced Bowman, as seen in a YouTube upload by Tim Chen showing the performance.
Noting their age gap and her being 18 at the time she debuted as Kim in “Miss Saigon,” Salonga said, “He was a gentleman, patient with me in our scenes, and hands down one of the best actors I’ve ever gotten to work with.”
“[He’s] definitely one of the best voices that I’ve ever sung with, and he’s only gotten better with age,” she added.
Salonga’s glowing praise for Bowman’s voice was evident in the performance that followed — a back-to-back duet of “Sun and Moon” and “The Last Night of the World” — both from “Miss Saigon.”
Channeling their characters from the 1989 London West End musical, Salonga and Bowman even shared tender moments, lending gravity to their fresh rendition of the enduring songs.