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Two "Kims" From Miss Saigon Lea Salonga and Eva Noblezada Will Appear in Musical Drama Yellow Rose

The film has been in development for 15 years.

After her run as “Kim” in last year’s Broadway revival of Miss Saigon, Eva Noblezada is making her film debut in the musical drama Yellow Rose. The half-Filipino musical theater star is joined by no less than fellow “Kim” Lea Salonga, who will be playing her on-screen aunt. Broadway World reports that the production wrapped filming last month.

Tony Award nominee Noblezada and Tony Award winner Salonga were joined on set by award-winning director Diane Paragas. The director revealed that the feature film has been in development for 15 years. It will showcase original music composed and performed by the cast and its director. 

The film tells the story of 17-year-old Filipino American Rose, who lives in Texas and dreams of becoming a country music artist. The heroine’s ambitions are hindered, however, when her mother is arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rose manages to escape but is on the run from the authorities. 

Paragas says of the film’s timing and relevance: “With the increased demand for diverse Asian American stories in Hollywood, I can’t think of a better time to develop this film. Yellow Rose has been in development for over 15 years and we’ve selected an incredibly talented cast to help tell this story.”

Also joining Noblezada and Salonga are country music artist Dale Watson, Liam Booth, Gustavo Gomez, Libby Villari, and Princess Punzalan. Among the other producers aside from Paragas are Cecilia Mejia, Rey Cuerdo, Orian Williams, and co-producer Jeremiah Abraham.

Noblezada and Salonga are far from strangers. They had already gotten together at one of the scheduled stagings of Salonga’s Once on This Island. Three Kims all collided after the show. Salonga, who played the part in 1989, shared a photo of herself with Noblezada and Lianah Sta. Ana. who both alternated the role of Kim in the 2017 Broadway production.

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We won’t have to wait long before we witness both actresses perform again. Noblezada is set to return to the U.K. stage to play Eurydice in Hadestown at the National Theatre, while Salonga is celebrating her 40th year in the industry with an already sold-out anniversary concert on October 19 and 20.

h/t: Broadway World

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