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Consul General Welcomes Lea Salonga Back in New York for Immigrant Story Themed Musical “Allegiance”

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NEW YORK – On Tuesday night in their Upper East Side Manhattan residence, Consul General and Mrs Mario De Leon, Jr. hosted a cocktail reception and press event for Tony-award winning Filipina actress Lea Salonga in honor of her return to Broadway for the musical Allegiance. 


Joining the group of 50 invited guests from the Filipino-American and mainstream press, and theatre aficionados were Allegiance producers Lorenzo Thione and Andrew Treagus, Jay Kuo who co-wrote the book and penned the lyrics and music for Allegiance, as well as Lea's co-star George Takei, who is making his Broadway debut in the show inspired by his immigrant story. 

ConGen welcomed the guests during the short program, and recalled how 24 years ago in his previous term as a Consul in the PCG, Miss Saigon was the hottest ticket in town, with Lea headlining the show in the role of Kim. She later on won the Tony Awards, Drama Desk, Theater World and Outer Critics Awards for her heartbreaking portrayal of the said role. 

On her part, Lea expressed her excitement in her Broadway comeback and thanked the community for their warm reception to her. She related the 7-year preparation and planning process that she, the creators, and producers underwent before finally putting up Allegiance on stage. 

Allegiance is set to open at the Longacre Theatre on November 8th with previews starting on October 6th.

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