The Journey So Far-Recorded Live at Cafe Carlyle
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the next best thing to being there!
Classic live renditions in an intimate, personal recording.
Winner of the Olivier®, Tony®, Drama Desk®,
Outer Critics®, and Theatre World® awards for her
starring role in Miss Saigon.
The first Asian to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine
in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway.
Lea is the singing voice of two Disney princesses:
Jasmine in Aladdin (1992), and Fa Mulan in Mulan
(1998) and Mulan II (2004).
Top Customer Reviews
I won't compare this to her other albums because the purpose of this album is different. She recorded this live at the Carlyle in NYC in front of her cabaret audience, interacting with them and the band (who take turns at supporting her Jasmine in the above-mentioned Disney song). She gets to play storyteller with her own history, like a good cabaret act, punching up moments with appropriate songs. Her take on Something's Coming comes with the memory of the thrill of moving to London after succeeding in the Miss Saigon audition. She dedicates to her young daughter the sweetest rendition of "Your Song" ever, tied with Someone's Waiting For You (from Disney's The Rescuers).
She opens the concert with a Filippino thank-you to music, a song this listener certainly couldn't translate without the liner notes, but, as with my favorite other-language-singer Cecilia Bartoli, the emotional intent comes through without a doubt.
After her welcome and introduction in her native tongue, she charmingly asks, "Did you REALLY think I was going to do the entire show in Filippino?" That teasing wit stays throughout the concert album: her story of her first audition as a child, instead of a monologue reciting the Girl Scout Pledge; imitations of her mother and the French authors of Les Mis/Miss Saigon.Read more ›
May her journey continue as her story goes on... and on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lea Salonga's voice is about as pure as is possible... perfect intonation and diction. Add the warmth and humor of her dialogue with the audience and her performance is magic!Published 6 months ago by Tom C. Schock
She has a great voice but I was put off by the fact that there were few songs I could relate to.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
She's talented. And funny. The spiels were helpful in providing some historical background both to her songs and her career. I wish more songs were included.Published on May 5, 2014 by MPSAPUS
... to when I crossed off the bucket list item of going to see Lea Salonga in concert (in January 2013 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center). Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Craig Kawamoto
I wish you could send me also a DVD of her performances. I am waiting to purchase all of her performances. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Dr. Aurora Nold