Here’s Why Lea Salonga Won’t Be Performing in the SEA Games Opening Ceremony

Lea Salonga, who sang the theme song for this year’s Philippine-hosted South East Asian Games titled “We Win As One”, revealed on social media that she will not be performing at the opening ceremony on November 30.


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Lea explained that her absence is due to the scheduled run of Atlantis Theatrical’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street The Musical from November 28 to December 8 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore in which she stars as Mrs. Lovett opposite Jett Pangan as Sweeney Todd.

“Leaving on a jet plane for Singapore tomorrow and will begin our 14-show Sweeney run on Thursday night. This means I will not be performing at the SEA Games opening ceremonies on Saturday. I won’t be back home til after Sweeney is done,” she announced on Twitter.

The musical was staged locally last October 2019 at The Theater at Solaire.

(ALSO READ: Lea Salonga Furious at Audience Members Who Kept Using Their Phones During ‘Sweeney Todd’ Show)

Her announcement comes amid growing criticisms regarding the lack of preparation by the organizing committee of the SEA Games 2019.

The opening ceremony will be held at the Philippine Arena.

(ALSO READ: Palace Responds To SEA Games Complaints: “No Excuses”)

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