Cast member

Lea Salonga
as Kei Kimura

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KEI KIMURA is the eldest of the Kimura children. She has spent her whole life taking care of her younger brother Sammy, their father Tatsuo, and grandfather Ojii-san after her mother died many years ago.Kei dreams of escaping her mundane life of servitude as the sole woman in the Kimura household, but never imagines that her journey will take her to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in the wastelands of Wyoming after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan.In the camps, she meets Frankie Suzuki and joins him in criticizing the policies of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and its leader, Mike Masaoka, putting her on a collision course with her more patriotic younger brother.

Lea Salonga has been performing from the age of 7 in “The King and I,” and at 9 played the title role in “Annie”. Much later on, she portrayed the role of Kim in the West End and Broadway productions of “Miss Saigon,” (Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Tony Awards). She went on to play Eponine in the Broadway production of “Les Misérables,” and reprised it in the 10th Anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Lea eventually graduated to the role of Fantine in the 2006 revival of Les Miz on Broadway, and went on to play the same at the O2 Arena to celebrate the musical’s 25th Anniversary. Other credits include: Flower Drum Song (Mei-li – Mark Taper Forum and Broadway productions), Cats (Grizabella), Cinderella (Cinderella), Baby (Lizzie), Proof (Catherine), Grease (Sandy), Into the Woods (The Witch), My Fair Lady (Eliza), The Fantasticks (Luisa). Lea is also a very busy concert artist, performing in venues big and small all over the world, most recently at the iconic Cafe Carlyle in New York City. Her most fulfilling role to date: wife to Rob and mommy to Nicole. Thanks, Jay and Lorenzo, for this new “dead girl”.

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