Tony winner and “The Voice of the Philippines” coach Lea Salonga has been praised in early reviews for her performance in “Once on This Island,” which opened on Broadway over the weekend.
In the musical, Salonga plays one of the island gods who will help lead character Ti Moune (Hailey Kilgore) reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
Here’s a roundup of reviews of “Once on This Island,” with focus on Salonga:
“Salonga is the perfect ‘good witch’ of love counterpart to Dandridge’s malevolence.”
“Salonga’s torchy account of ‘The Human Heart’ and Dandridge’s sexy strutting and belting in the quartet ‘And the Gods Heard Her Prayer’ are also highlights.”
“Darrington brings deep velvet tones to ‘Rain,’ Salonga, in a voice of ageless purity and light, sings of ‘The Human Heart,’ and ‘Glee’ alum Newell brings down the house, belting out a fierce ‘Mama Will Provide.’”
“There are many beautiful songs to go, from the maternal voice of ‘Mama Will Provide’ to the passion of ‘The Human Heart,’ meltingly sung by Salonga.”
“Salonga’s Broadway career began 25 years ago with her Tony-winning debut in the original production of ‘Miss Saigon’ and her singing voice retains a vocal purity that continues to astonish.”