When someone hears the name Lea Salonga, the first thing that probably comes to his mind is theater.
At age 18, the Filipino singer-actress originated the lead role of Kim in the musical “Miss Saigon,” first at West End and then on Broadway, winning the Olivier and Theatre World Awards, and becoming the first Asian woman to win a Tony Award.
That said, it’s not surprising to see her in a book about Broadway stars.
“A Is For Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies From A to Z” is the first picture book featuring iconic theater actress. It is written by John Robert Allman and illustrated by Peter Emmerich.
Lea is featured in it alongside Audra McDonald, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, and Liza Minnelli.
The 48-year-old Filipina expressed excitement about being one of the actresses selected for the book
“To be listed along these women I consider legends is such an honor!!!” she wrote on Twitter.
“This is the picture book I wished I could give friends’ kids,” Allman said in an article on Broadway.com written by Andy Lefkowitz. “I hope it’s an overture that introduces the icons, shows, cast albums and Tony Awards performances I love so much to ‘Broadway Babies’ of all ages.”
“These glorious women and John’s clever prose inspired the illustrations in the book,” added Emmerich. “I approached each one with the same love and affection I feel for these legends. This is the book I wish I could have had as a Broadway-obsessed child.”
“A Is For Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies From A to Z” is scheduled for release on Nov. 12. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.