Lea Salonga sang “A Whole New World,” the theme song from Disney’s Aladdin, with IL Divo after more than twenty years. The YouTube video of the April performance has recently peaked in public interest as part of Salonga’s European tour promotions. The tour kicked off last week.
The 1992 hit movie featured Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, with Brad Kane as the title character and the late Robin Williams playing the part of Aladdin’s Genie. Lea Salonga has also been a Broadway sensation, and continues to share her talents as a coach on the popular singing competition The Voice in the Philippines. Recently, Inquisitr reported on Lea Salonga making another buzz when she selected Jared Young for the duet part in “A Whole New World” while on the show.
Good Morning America adds that the Filipino singer has created a buzz on and off Broadway with her performance alongside IL Divo. John Boone of Entertainment Tonight praised Salonga’s ability to sound “just as lovely” as Lea’s 1992 rendition of the song. Billboard also featured the video of Salonga with IL Divo.
Broadway World reports that Salonga has joined IL Divo as part of their A Musical Affair tour with an operatic pop style show. The tour began in Vienna and is covering several spots in Europe, including the UK. A Tony Award-winner for her lead role in Miss Saigon, Salonga has a spectacular voice and professional resume to impress audiences.
IL Divo has also become an international sensation ever since Simon Cowell produced the group’s beginnings and image. Made up of four talented male singers, IL Divo showcases the talents of French singer Sébastien Izambard, Spanish singer Carlos Marín, American tenor David Miller, and Swiss tenor Urs Bühler. They are considered “operatic pop,” with A Musical Affair being the group’s 6th studio album.
Lea Salonga, the first Miss Saigon, has a packed career with Broadway and pop culture commitments. Recently, she celebrated the 25th anniversary of Miss Saigon in London with a special feature on BBC Radio. As to her role in The Voice Kids in Manila, Lea Salonga offers an inspirational role model to aspiring children who sing. Most recently, Salonga offered her tribute and reflections on the death of Robin Williams, her co-star in Aladdin, on Twitter.
She even posted a YouTube video of Robin Williams with Carol Burnett in honor of the late actor’s many talents. It’s also noteworthy that the singer has changed her profile picture to that of Jasmine with the Genie.
The singer’s Twitter is now filled with sights and observations throughout her European tour with IL Divo. From commenting about beautiful architecture to fun with musical partners, Lea Salonga is truly a buzz for all of the right reasons. While many will remember her most popular role as the voice of Jasmine, her singing career is multi-faceted and in full swing.