Salonga, Licad and Macuja headline rare concert at CCP

Three iconic Filipino artists—Lea Salonga, Cecile Licad and Lisa Macuja—will share the stage for the first time in “The Legends and the Classics” at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the
Cultural Center of the Philippines on March 17 (Saturday), 8 p.m., and on March 18 (Sunday), 6 p.m.

“The Legends and the Classics” brings together the outstanding talent and impeccable showmanship of three remarkable Filipinas who have conquered the international stage and brought home countless accolades
for the country. Each of them represents a lifelong dedication to the arts—whether in theater, music or ballet—where success is forged only through long years of training, unwavering commitment and an ironclad
will in pursuit of excellence.

Multi-awarded thespian and singer Lea Salonga, who began her career in musical theater at the age of seven, took the West End and Broadway by storm with her unparalleled success in major productions of “Miss Saigon” and “Les Miserables”.  A certified child prodigy, concert pianist Cecile Licad made her debut with a full orchestra also at age seven, and launched her international career as a piano virtuoso by being the youngest gold medalist at the prestigious Leventritt Competition. Meanwhile, prima ballerina Lisa Macuja learned her first ballet steps at eight and went on to become a soloist of the legendary Kirov Ballet when she was barely out of her teens. From these early successes, all three women artists continued to excel and to
evolve—from ingénue to icon… to legend!

This dream concert will have the three artists dishing out their respective signature pieces, bringing to life some of the most romantic songs from musical theater, a selection of immortal masterpieces on the ivory keys, and the lyrical allure of classical ballet. But the pièce de résistance promises to be their combined
performances, the likes of which have never before been seen on Philippine stage.

Dubbed as “a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of icons”, the event was originally planned to be a one-night-only affair. However, brisk ticket sales caused a clamor for a second performance, and the three exceptional artists graciously agreed to extend their artistic collaboration for an additional evening, giving more people a chance to catch the show.

Joining the trio of muses are Gerard Salonga & FILharmoniKA, Ballet Manila, and guest cellist Wilfredo Pasamba in a very special number. Musical director is Gerard Salonga, with stage direction by Roxanne

“The Legends and the Classics” is presented by Ballet Manila and Manila Broadcasting Company, with the support of Lifestyle Network, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, and Ayala Land Premiere, with special thanks to McDonald’s Philippines. Tickets are available at TicketWorld outlets. For details, check out or call 891-9999.
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