Lea Salonga returns to London stage with Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Old Friends’

Lea Salonga Stephen Sondheim's 'Old Friends'
Lea Salonga makes her return to the London stage after 27 years. Photos from Lea Salonga socials.

Broadway and West End royalty Lea Salonga is set to return to the London stage for Stephen Sondheim’s “Old Friends” to be held at the Gielgud Theatre in the United Kingdom.

Lea Salonga will headline the tribute concert with musical stars like Bernadette Peters, Filipino-British actor Christine Allado, Janie Dee, Bonnie Langford, and Jeremy Secomb.

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Salonga will also be joined by Beatrice Penny-Touré, Joanna Riding, and Jac Yarrow.

The show’s return to the West End was announced at the 23rd annual WhatsOnStage Awards, where it won the Best Theatre Event Award.

“I cannot wait to start working on this along with some old friends of my own!!! This is going to be FUN!!!” Lea Salonga wrote in an Instagram post on February 13, 2023.

The production marks Salonga’s first West End run in 27 years. The Filipino music artist last appeared on West End for the musical “Les Miserables”.

Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, “Old Friends” pays tribute to the extraordinary legacy of stage musical composer Stephen Sondheim who passed away at the age of 91.

Stephen Sondheim’s “Old Friends” will have a limited 16-week run from September 16, 2023, to January 6, 2024, at the West End’s Gielgud Theatre.

The celebrated Filipina singer and actor earlier starred together with the world’s musical stars in an online concert tribute to celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday.

Last year, Lea Salonga went on tour in the United Kingdom with her Dream Again Concert Tour.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Broadway and West End royalty Lea Salonga as she returns to the London stage for Stephen Sondheim’s “Old Friends” at the West End’s Gielgud Theatre.

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