A couple of weeks ago, Lea Salonga made headlines for her iconic performance with Rachelle Ann in London for the 25th anniversary of Miss Saigon. The actress then related the experience on her interview on The Buzz on Sunday.
“For the Gala I stayed backstage because I have to get ready for the show, for the special performance following the actual musical,” she said.
But apart from being part of the momentous occasion, she shared that she made sure to catch the newest Miss Saigon run during her free time when she was in London.
According to Lea, she was “able to sit with the audience and cry and cheer and just enjoy it without having to feel na I have to think of something else” a few days before the gala night.
“Kasi when I know that I have to sing, medyo it zaps a little of my mental energy. So I used that, I just hung out the stage, relaxed a little bit. Didn’t think of anything else except what I had to do that night,” she explained.
While she has been very vocal of her being proud of Rachelle Ann as early as when she was casted for the West End hit, Lea nevertheless felt prouder of her when she saw her perform live onstage.
“Watching Rachelle Ann Go was like ‘Oh my God!’ I screamed so loud when she came out onstage kasi kilala naman siya siyempre dito bilang isang magaling na mangaawit and then on a stage like that,” she recalled.
But apart from Rachelle, Mark Bautista, also captivated Lea. He is also slowly penetrating the international musical scene through his West End show Here Lies Love, also captivated Lea.
“And then many weeks later I saw Mark Bautista naman in Here Lies Love and I’m like this one I have to talk about because we know Mark as a singer. He’s been on this channel and even on the other channel also and we see him during concerts and we hear his records, and we see him perform on TV but that’s the best I have ever seen him ever. Ever,” gushed The Voice of the Philippines coach.
How different was his performance?
“It was different, it was talagang ‘yung kakayahan niya bilang performer lumabas talaga. When I saw him after the show parang [sinabi ko sakanya] ‘Hindi pa kita nakitang humirit ng ganyan until this night!’ And ‘yung pride talagang, ang galing galing. Ang galing galing niya,” she recalled.