Sobrang honored ang Tony Award-winning actress na si Lea Salonga dahil kasama siya sa children's book na A Is For Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z.
Ang picture book na ito na nagbibigay-pugay sa mga sikat na Broadway theater actresses ay isinulat ni John Robert Allman at ginawan ng art work/illustration ni Peter Emmerich.
Sa pamamagitan ng Twitter, nagpasalamat si Lea sa pagkakasama niya sa naturang children's book kunsaan featured ang six-time Tony Award winner na si Audra McDonald, Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, Kristin Chenoweth, Bernadette Peters at marami pang iba.
Kabilang nga si Lea sa mga hinahangaang theatre actresses sa buong mundo. Sa edad na 18 ay nagbida si Lea as Kim sa musical na Ms. Saigon that opened in London's West End in 1989 at sa Broadway in 1991. Nag-break ito ng barriers para sa maraming Asian actresses.
After Ms. Saigon, lumabas din si Lea as Eponine sa Les Miserables on Broadway at nagbida siya sa musical na The Flower Drum Song. Last year ay kabilang si Lea sa ng award-winning musical revival na Once On This Island.
Ayon sa author ng book na si John Robert Allman: "This is the picture book I wished I could give friends' kids. I hope it's an overture that introduces the icons, shows, cast albums and Tony Awards performances I love so much to 'Broadway Babies' of all ages."
Dagdag pa ng book illustrator na si Peter Emmerich: "These glorious women and John's clever prose inspired the illustrations in the book. I approached each one with the same love and affection I feel for these legends. This is the book I wish I could have had as a Broadway-obsessed child."
The book, which costs $32.99 (P1,680), will be released on November 12.
Part of the proceeds will benefit the non-profit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Heto pa ang ilang tweets mula sa Broadway actresses na nakasama sa naturang libro:
"A wonderful, enriching, enlightening book for theater lovers of all ages . . . and all that jazz!”—Chita Rivera, two-time Tony Award-winning actress (The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman)
“A to Z – awesome to zany – I’m thrilled to be a part of such an illustrious group.”—Christine Ebersole, two-time Tony Award-winning actress (42nd Street, Grey Gardens)
“A is for Audra turns the alphabet song into a show stopper! It is literally a love letter to Broadway’s leading ladies, and I am so honored to be memorialized alongside all of my sisters!”
—Renée Elise Goldsberry, Tony Award-winning actress (Hamilton)
“I’m honored to be included in this illustrious group. A to Z, they are all incredible!”—Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Award-winning actress (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown)
“What a fun and fabulous celebration of the females of Broadway! Imagine my joy just to be a part of it!”—Kelli O’Hara, Tony Award-winning actress (The King and I)