Lea Salonga's DISNEY LEGEND Awards Acceptance Speech & Performance

turn our attention to play us alone not one but two headstrong and brave Disney Princesses jasmine and hula there's the perfect poise for these few resolute characters one the princess longs to escape the confines of a palace life the other a bold spirit disguises herself as man and joins the Chinese army in his place Leia began her career at the age of seven where their first day's experience was in the king of Han for the repertory Philippines many more productions followed by the age of 10 Leia had recorded her first solo album the age of 10 I was still trying to figure out how to put on my pants from there this hard-working child star appeared on television movies earning many entertainment awards in the Philippines the age of 17 they auditioned for United Kingdom production company it was scouring the globe for a strong ancient singer and actress to play the role of Kim in their new musical Miss Saigon a childhood friend for the role awkward Oh young ladies found themselves bound for the UK Leia having won the role of Kim with her friend being awarded the understudy is the story there okay players performance of Miss Saigon was recognized with a host of jitter including the UK Olivier Award for Best Performance by an actress in a Musical and in the u.s. year the Tony Drama Desk Outer Critics Circle and theatre workman award and we know she didn't stop there Stephen Holden of the New York Times described Leia's talent as quote a bright voice that sweeps across continents as it conjures the aspirations of the inner princesses and millions nice young women from Manila to month playa has a very long list of Broadway credits as well as concert performances and theatre engagements in the Philippines but it is as the singing voice of jasmine and Milan that her brilliance will shine for many years to come as each new generation discovers these two classic films lately but he's join me on stage hi everybody good morning um I'm usually really great at shooting from the hip but right now I've just been rendered speechless by this because this is a really big deal and it's it's wonderful for all of these different sessions to be honoured in such a wonderful way by The Walt Disney Company so first to the Walt Disney Company thank you very much and I know that I will absolutely have to thank Alan Menken price for their faith in me for princess Jasmine's singing I also have to thank that the largest not knowing how to sing yeah because I didn't have this job and I won't be standing here today but I also I really needed to thank the casting director for Atlanta person form of Alberta VARs who actively hunted me down in New York City and left me a note backstage at the Broadway theater Burma Saigon is clean and saying we have been looking for you too please give me a call we're looking for Princess Jasmine I had no idea who he was but on faith I gave them a call and the rest is history so Albert thank you thank you so much and to everybody that has worked on both Aladdin and belong to the millions of little girls including mine sitting up there that hope that just continue to inspire princesses everywhere and to all the fans who many of them are here a lot of whom are here who continue to show interest and and love for these beloved princesses and really that's all I wanted to say so to the music department at Disney thank you very much and and to everybody here this morning special to my family from everywhere thank you very much I'm not meant to for true my family's you okay why time will come myself


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