MISCAST 2016: Lea Salonga Knocks It Out of the Park with Miss Saigon Tune

This post was written by one of Fangirlisms’ contributing authors, Kaye de Castro.


As a huge Broadway fan, I always look forward to the annual Miscast gala. For the benefit of those who don’t know what Miscast is, it’s a night when performers – mostly Broadway performers but they’ve had the occasional guests from the television and music industries – get to sing a song from roles they will never be cast in. The event, which is organized and hosted by the MCC Theater, raises funds for producing new off-Broadway shows, for supporting the theater’s Youth Company and in-school partnerships that serve New York City public high school students, and for supporting MCC Theater’s literary development work with emerging playwrights.

I have the unfortunate case of living half a world away from New York, so I have to wait until videos of performances from Miscast are released a few hours after the event. This year’s videos from the MCC Theater have already made their way to different news outlets as exclusive peeks, and with names like Aaron Tveit, Megan Hilty, Gavin Creel, Lea Salonga, Titus Burgess, Shanice Williams and more taking the stage, I expected nothing less than outstanding performances.

One of my favorites – and something worth fangirling about – is Lea Salonga’s performance.

She surprises and stuns the audience by singing a tune from Miss Saigon with a twist: she sings “Why God Why,” a song that was originally sung to her by Chris (played in the West End by Simon Bowman). Though she says it was only her third time singing the song, with the first two being at the rehearsals that afternoon, she knocks her performance out of the park, capturing in her performance the emotions of Chris as he asks why he met Kim just as he was about to leave Vietnam.

She tweeted fellow Broadway star Will Chase later that night, saying “yours for me is still the benchmark.”

Chase played Chris as a Broadway replacement in 1998, and he played alongside Lea in the closing cast of Miss Saigon on Broadway until 2001.

Watch Lea’s stunning performance below:

This post was written by one of Fangirlisms’ contributing authors, Kaye de Castro.

Author: Kaye

Kaye is a former entertainment news writer who has shifted back to being the slave of money. She is currently working as a marketing copywriter to support her wanderlust and fund her chocolate truffle business. When she is not writing or cooking / munching on delicious food, you will find her singing her lungs out to showtunes, practicing boxing and Muay Thai, or catching up on her TV series. Or you won’t find her, and you’ll find out about her travels when she posts the photos once she gets back.

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