'Les Mis' stars Lea Salonga, Michael Ball reunite for concert tour
MANILA -- International theater veterans Lea Salonga and Michael Ball are set to reunite for a concert tour celebrating the works of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the winning team behind the hits "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon."
After its touring production in North America, "Do You Hear the People Sing?" is set to kick off its Asia-Pacific series of shows in China next month.
According to a report published Tuesday on theater news site Broadway World, the new concert series will also feature tunes from Boublil and Schönberg's lesser-known works like "Martin Guerre" and "The Pirate Queen."
Producer Enda Markey cited Salonga and Ball's "long history" with the works of the musical duo in explaining why they were chosen to headline "Do You Hear the People Sing?".
"When it was apparent that their (Salonga, Ball) schedules permitted them to come to Shanghai to start off our tour, I jumped at the chance," Markey was quoted as saying by Broadway World.
Salonga gained international popularity when she portrayed Kim in "Miss Saigon" in 1989 -- a stint followed by her acclaimed performances as Eponine and Fantine in various stagings of "Les Miserables" since 1993.
The Filipino actress and Ball shared the stage in 1995, when they reprised their roles as Eponine and Marius in the "Les Miserables" concert celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Aside from Salonga and Ball, the concert series which coincides with the 30th year of "Les Miserables" will feature performances by David Harris, Amanda Harrison and Marie Zamora.
The kick-off performance of "Do You Hear the People Sing?" will be held at Shanghai Grand Theater on November 27, with shows in Australia and New Zealand to follow.