Broadway star Lea Salonga finally met Filipino-American teenager Eva Noblezada who is currently playing the role of Kim in the 2014 West End revival of “Miss Saigon.”
Salonga was the first actress to play Kim as part of the original London cast in 1989. Her performance won her both the esteemed Laurence Olivier Award and a Tony Award, among others.
Both Salonga and Eva Noblezada appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk about their experience playing the title role and the 25th anniversary celebration of Miss Saigon.
Asked if she felt any pressure living up to expectations, Noblezada nodded.
“But it was very inspiring,” she quickly added. “It just gave me and the rest of the cast more momentum. But it’s nice to know that the ‘Miss Saigon’ family is so big and huge.”
The current revival run, which also stars other Filipino talents Rachelle Ann Go and Jon Jon Briones, opened to a record breaking opening day ticket sales, with over £4 million sold (around P280 million), according to reports.
Meanwhile, Salonga, who is currently in London, announced on Twitter that she will appear at a special performance to mark the musical’s 25th anniversary on Monday, September 22, along with other original cast members.
That must be super awesome!