This is sweet. One of my all-time favorite Pinoy singers – and internationally-renowned Broadway star – Lea Salonga will be starting her first-ever New York Cabaret stint with a three-week engagement at the Cafe Carlyle entitled “The Journey So Far” from March 9-27, 2010. I may be in the US right now, but New York is on the east coast (and I’m in California) so catching one of her shows in the Big Apple won’t happen in this trip. The Tony- and Olivier-award winning Filipina should be worth a watch in this new chapter in her life as a performer.
Below are excerpts from Cafe Carlyle’s press release for “The Journey So Far”:
Lea Salonga Comes To The Cafe Carlyle With ‘The Journey So Far’
Erich Steinbock (Managing Director) is pleased to welcome Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon) to the Café Carlyle to make her New York cabaret debut in an exclusive three-week engagement. “The Journey So Far” will begin performances on Tuesday, March 9 and play through Saturday, March 27.
From her beginnings in the recording industry, television and musical theater in her native Philippines, Lea Salonga was catapulted to international stardom with her Olivier and Tony Award-winning turn in Miss Saigon. From Saigon to Les Misérables to the voices of Disney’s Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and the title character in Mulan, for Lea, this is just The Journey So Far. Her much anticipated debut at the Cafe Carlyle will feature songs that cross the genres of Filipino music, musical theater and the Great American Songbook, including “Let’s Fall in Love,” “On My Own,” “A Whole New World,” and “The Journey.” Ms. Salonga will be supported by a quartet led by her Musical Director and pianist Larry Yurman. The evening will be directed by Daniel Kutner.
“The Journey So Far” will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:45 P.M. with an additional show at 10:45 P.M. on Saturdays. Dinner seatings at 6:30 P.M., 7:00 P.M., & 7:30 P.M. There is a music charge of $75 (Tuesday-Friday), $85 (Saturday) & $45 at the bar.
The Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle Hotel – 35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue, and is what Liz Smith calls the “favorite of all New York nightspots.” For reservations please call 212-744-1600. For additional information please visit http://www.thecarlyle.com.
So if you’re in the NYC area, or around the New Jersey fringes, check out the show schedules and watch this one. You won’t regret it! 😉