Broadway darling Lea Salonga lit up the stage at the Tony Awards this year as one of the show’s celebrity presenters.
The star-studded event was held last Monday, September 27 (September 26, U.S. Time) at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York.
Prior to the big night, she announced her return to the awards show in a Twitter post on Friday, September 24: “The cat's out of the bag! I'll be presenting at @TheTonyAwards on Sunday!!!”
The former “The Voice of the Philippines” coach also took to Facebook to share photos she took during dress rehearsal.
“The atmosphere was electric and emotional,” Lea described the theater. “There were not just a few of us that haven’t been inside a theater for 18 months or more, so just walking into one felt like a pilgrimage and an experience we’ll never take for granted again.”
On the day of the affair, Lea arrived in a classy black-and-white evening gown, beaming among fellow Broadway stars. Yet the prelude would shine only second to her main moment, when she introduced Hollywood A-lister John Legend on stage.
“On October 16th, 'Ain’t Too Proud,' the electrifying musical that follows The Temptations' journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame returns to Broadway,” Lea presented.
“Right now, I am so happy to introduce an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner who is a long-time fan of this uniquely American art form. His dedication to Broadway’s successful reopening reflects the community spirit of the theater district. So now, as he is joined by members of the company of 'Ain’t Too Proud,' please welcome John Legend,” she said in her speech right before the crowd took its cue to cheer.
Lea is the first Asian woman to win a Tony Award for her lead performance as Kim in the musical Miss Saigon on Broadway in 1991. She has attended the Tony Awards five times, including her attendance this year.
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