Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga or Lea Salonga is the first Filipino artist to sign with an international record label (Atlantic Records in 1993). Lea Salonga is the first actress of Asian descent to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Miserables on Broadway. She also portrayed Éponine and Fantine, respectively, in the Musical's at 10th and 25th anniversary concerts in London. At the age of 18, she originated the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon in the West End and the reprised the role on Broadway, winning the Olivier and Theatre World Awards, and becoming the first Asian woman to win a Tony Awards. She also provided the singing voices of two official Disney princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin (1992) and Fa Mulan in Mulan (1998).

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