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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Star-Studded Crowd Watch Lea Salonga in Once on This Island

Lea couldn’t resist taking a selfie with Lin-Manuel.
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The Broadway remake of Once on This Island is definitely proud of its all-star cast. But another factor the production also takes pride in is its star-studded audience.

Since the production premiered on December 3, it has attracted respected celebrities from various industries. Our country's own Lea Salonga helps us keep track of these famous Once on This Island fans through her selfies.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and his wife Vanessa Nadal most recently dropped by.

 

Earlier in the month, Neil Patrick-Harris who is a celebrated Broadway name himself, and his partner David Burtka showed their support for the production.

Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz showed up with English theater director Trevor Nunn.

And in a moment that shook the theater scene, three Kims (of Miss Saigon) all collided after the show. Joining Salonga, who originally played the part in 1989, were Eva Noblezada, and Lianah Sta. Ana, who both star in the 2017 Broadway production of Miss Saigon and alternate the role of Kim.

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Last December, Tina Fey and actor Brian D’Arcy James caught the show on the same night.

Director and choreographer Kenny Ortega of High School Musical, Dirty Dancing, and Newsies fame was another recent visitor.

Yup. This happened. Thanks for visiting the island, @agamuhlach317!

A post shared by Lea Salonga (@msleasalonga) on

It wasn’t all about Hollywood and Broadway legends. Long-time friend and fellow Filipino film actor Aga Muhlach watched, too.

It's not the first time Salonga has posted selfies with fellow celebrities. Theater fans may recall when Salonga also giddily snapped photos at last year's Tony Awards while backstage with Mark Hamill, John Lithgow, and Josh Gad.

As far as the musical production is concerned, it recently welcomed Tony nominee Norm Lewis and American Idol alum Tamyra Gray, as they fill the roles of Agwe and Papa Ge, respectively. The original actors who played the part, Quentin Earl Darrington and Merle Dandridge have both taken leaves, reports Broadway.com.

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Hannah is a communications graduate from Ateneo de Manila University. She’s originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
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