Lea Salonga Broadway Followers Snuck Backstage

Lea Salonga is arguably some of the adored Broadway and Disney stars, in my view. She’s finest identified for originating the function of Kim in Miss Saigon on Broadway, and she or he’s supplied the singing voice for 2 Disney princesses: Jasmine and Mulan.

She received a Tony Award in 1991 for Finest Efficiency by a Main Actress in a Musical for Miss Saigon making her the primary Asian American girl to win a Tony for efficiency, and she or he’s one of many youngest actors to win a Tony Award in that main class.

At the moment, Lea has returned to Broadway within the manufacturing of Right here Lies Love, which tells the story of former Filipina First Woman Imelda Marcos’s rise to energy (and subsequent fall) by the hands of the Philippine Folks Energy Revolution.

Lea is enjoying Aurora Aquino within the musical from July 11 via Aug. 13 because the manufacturing appears to focus on numerous visitor actors from the Philippines in numerous roles.

Right here Lies Love can be identified for its distinctive seating fashion contained in the Broadway theater. Followers can both sit within the mezzanine, gallery, or membership lounge, or elect to buy standing tickets to allow them to be immersed inside the motion on the dance ground.

Whereas the manufacturing permits followers to be up shut and private with the performers, correct etiquette remains to be a should. Whereas most individuals are little question respectful of this Broadway expertise, Lea lately had a, frankly, weird state of affairs occur that required her to deal with respecting individuals’s boundaries.

After a current efficiency of Right here Lies Love, a gaggle of individuals reportedly snuck backstage in an try to satisfy Lea.

In a video posted by NBC New York, you may see individuals come to Lea’s dressing room and say they’re followers who wish to meet her. Lea, very politely, tells the group, “Unless you are on the guest list, we cannot have you back here. So you’ll have to go to the door. I’m sorry because if I allow this now, then other people are going to take advantage.”

Then, you may hear one of many individuals declare that their buddy is “a co-producer” of Right here Lies Love. Lea tells the group they are not on the visitor record, apologizes once more, and she or he gives to satisfy them by the exit door, and tells them to “please, don’t do this again.”

After the incident, Lea took to social media to deal with what occurred, particularly calling out individuals’s lack of etiquette and the way they felt “entitled” to be in her dressing room and get a photograph along with her.

“The money you pay for a theater/concert ticket does not mean all-access,” Lea tweeted in response to a fan who referred to as out how the group saved saying how a lot they paid for his or her tickets. “You pay for that performer’s art, and that’s where it stops.”

Lea even added that she checked in with Right here Lies Love producer Giselle Töngi, whom the group claimed to have identified, and she or he “had no idea who they were.”

Additionally, Lea revealed that the identical group that got here to her dressing room “rushed” to her on the dance ground after the present and “security had to surround [her] at that point because they got scared.”

In one other tweet, Lea said, “When one of our lead producers and our dance captain saw the video and learned about what happened, they said, ‘You were still very nice, if that were me I would’ve cussed at them and kicked them out.’ I’m not the type to cuss people out, but I will protect my territory and my boundaries. If I lose fans as a result, so be it.”

“Boundaries exist for every human being,” she tweeted. “And once they’re crossed there will be consequences.”

Lea additionally made certain to offer props to the followers who observe correct Broadway present etiquette, particularly ready patiently outdoors the stage door for performers to return and signal Playbills, take photographs, and many others.

“I gotta say, the folks at the stage door have been so incredibly kind, which only makes us (well, me) enthusiastic to say hello and spend the time to talk to them,” she tweeted.

This Broadway incident additionally comes after a string of concert events the place performances like Bebe Rexha, Kelsea Ballerini, Harry Types, and extra have been hit by objects individuals have thrown at them on stage.

I am unable to imagine I even must say this, however whether or not it is a live performance, a Broadway present, or ANY stay occasion, the performers should be revered.