Lea Salonga hosts virtual benefit concert to stop Asian American hate

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Lea Salonga makes a special appearance as the host of CollaborAzian’s production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Photos from CollaborAzian IG.

Broadway royalty Lea Salonga will host the CollaborAzian’s production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” an online benefit concert to stop hate crimes targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the United States.

The upcoming virtual concert is an abridged version of Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak’s Tony-winning musical, hosted by the Filipino celebrity and directed by Sesame Street’s Alan Muraoka.

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Lea Salonga, a Disney Princess legend, will introduce the all-Asian American cast including Cindy Cheung (“13 Reasons Why”), Karl Josef Co (“Pacific Overtures”), Ali Ewoldt (“The Phantom of the Opera”), Diane Phelan (“School of Rock”), and Thom Sesma (“The Lion King”) with music direction by Steven Cuevas.

Producers include Jeremiah Abraham (“Yellow Rose” where Lea Salonga starred, “Lingua Franca”), Karl Josef Co, Ariel Estrada (Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Leviathan Lab), Rob Laqui (The Industry Standard Group, Cardinal Theatricals), Diane Phelan, Pearl Sun (“Come From Away”), Anne Fraser Thomas (“Hercules”), Jessica Wu (“A Chorus Line,” “Miss Saigon”), and Miranda Gohh.

The proceeds of the online concert will benefit Stop AAPI Hate, a nonprofit coalition that tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

The all-Asian American production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” premieres on July 15, 2021. Donations for StopAAPIHate.org are being accepted and tickets are available here.

Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga and Apl.de.Ap led fellow Filipino stars in the #StopAllHate #ShareLove music video as part of Asia Society’s global campaign to end violence against Asians in the United States and around the world.

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