Lea Salonga earns 1st Grammy nomination for Once On This Island cast album

Broadway star Lea Salonga is marking another first with a Grammy nomination for the 2018 cast album of “Once On This Island (OOTI)” – the Broadway musical she topbilled as it was restaged in 2017.

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Tony and Lawrence Olivier awards winner Salonga and the OOTI cast members recording completed and released in 2018 is competing in the Best Musical Theater Album category for the 2019 Grammy Awards.

The Grammy Nominations announcement gave the OOTI album credits to Isaac Powell and Lea Salonga as principal soloists.

The acclaimed Filipina international artist led the cast members of the OOTI revival as Erzulie, the island goddess of love who guides village girl Ti Moune who falls in love with a rich boy she saves from a car crash.

Salonga had previously received the Broadway Theater’s Fans’ Choice Awards as Best Featured Actress for the same musical production.

Lynn Arhens and Stephen Flaherty’s OOTI also previously received the 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.

On December 8, Salonga revealed her excitement via social media about getting the Grammy nomination for OOTI and admitted checking for herself if she was indeed a Grammy nominee.

Lea Salonga also announced her upcoming new Broadway musical role as Mrs. Lovett on Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street.

Salonga and the OOTI cast will be contending for the 61st Grammy Awards in February 2019 against musical theater albums from The Bands Visit, Carousel, Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert, and My Fair Lady.

The current OOTI Broadway run has Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams playing the role of Lea Salonga’s Erzulie.

Watch Lea Salonga recording her Human Heart in the OOTI Music Video.

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