Lea Salonga is without a doubt one of the most beloved stars on Broadway and Disney, in my opinion. She is best known for originating the role of Kim on Miss Saigon on Broadway, and she provided the voice for two Disney princesses: Jasmine and Mulan.
She won a Tony Award in 1991 for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Miss Saigonmaking her the first Asian-American woman to win a Tony for acting, and she is one of the youngest actresses to ever win a Tony Award in that major category.
Currently, Lea has returned to Broadway in the production of Here lies lovewhich tells the story of the rise to power of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos (and subsequent fall) at the hands of the Philippine People Power Revolution.
Lea will play Aurora Aquino in the musical from July 11 to August 13, as the production looks to feature a number of guest actors from the Philippines in various roles.
Here lies love it is also known for its unique style of seating inside the Broadway theater. Fans can take a seat on the club’s mezzanine, gallery or lounge, or choose to purchase stand-up tickets so they can immerse themselves in the action on the dance floor.
While the production allows fans to be close to the artists, proper etiquette is still a must. While most people no doubt respect that Broadway experience, Lea recently had a frankly bizarre scenario that required her to try to respect people’s boundaries.
After a recent presentation by Here lies lovea group of people supposedly snuck backstage in an attempt to meet Lea.
In a video posted by NBC New York, people can be seen coming to Lea’s dressing room and saying that they are fans who want to meet her. Lea very politely tells the group, “Unless you’re on the guest list, we can’t welcome you back here. So you’ll have to go to the door. I’m sorry, because if I allow that now, other people will take advantage.”
So, you might hear one of the people claim that his friend is “a co-producer” of Here lies love. Lea tells the group that they are not on the guest list, apologizes again and offers to meet them at the exit door and tells them “please don’t do that again”.
After the incident, Lea took to social media to address what happened, namely calling out people’s lack of etiquette and how they felt “entitled” to be in her dressing room and have their picture taken with her.
“The money you pay for a theater/concert ticket doesn’t mean all access”, Lea tweeted in response to a fan who yelled how the group kept saying how much they paid for the tickets. “You pay for that artist’s art and that’s where it stops.”
Lea added that she check in with Here lies love producer Giselle Töngi, whom the group claimed to have met, and she “had no idea who they were”.
In addition, Leah revealed that the same group that went to her dressing room “ran” into her on the dance floor after the show, and “security had to surround [her] at that moment because they were afraid.”
In another tweet, Lea he said, “When one of our main producers and our dance captain saw the video and heard what happened, they said, ‘You were still really nice, if it was me I would have cussed them out and kicked them out.’ I’m not the type to call people names, but I will protect my turf and boundaries, so if I lose fans as a result, so be it.
“There are limits for all human beings,” she tweeted. “And once crossed, there will be consequences.”
Lea was also keen to give props to fans following proper Broadway show etiquette, i.e. waiting patiently outside the stage door for performers to come and sign Playbills, take pictures, etc.
“I have to say the people at the stage door were incredibly kind, which just makes us (well, me) excited to say hello and spend time chatting with them,” she said. tweeted.
This Broadway incident also comes after a series of shows where performers such as Bebe Rexha, Kelsea Ballerini, Harry Styles and others were hit by objects people threw at them onstage.
I can’t believe I have to say this, but whether it’s a concert, a Broadway show or ANY live event, performers deserve to be respected.