Lea Salonga, Norm Lewis, and Jessica Vosk are set to perform at the White House during a state dinner for South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol. The three Broadway stars will showcase “a quintessential American art form to the world stage” at the upcoming event, which is set to take place next week.
Korean-American chef Edward Lee has also been invited to the state dinner. According to BroadwayWorld, the dinner will celebrate the strong ties between the United States and South Korea.
Salonga, who is a Tony award-winning actress, expressed her excitement about the upcoming performance by sharing the news on her Twitter page. Vosk, who played the role of Elphaba in the Tony-winning musical “Wicked,” also shared the news on her Instagram Stories.
Salonga, who is known for her work in “Miss Saigon” and “Les Miserables,” recently announced her Broadway comeback as a cast member and production staff of the musical “Here Lies Love.” The musical tells the story of Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and former First Lady Imelda Marcos. Salonga is set to take on the role of Aurora Aquino, the mother of the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.
The state dinner will be a significant event, highlighting the strong relationship between the United States and South Korea. The invitation of these Broadway stars to perform at the White House demonstrates the impact of American culture on a global scale. It also highlights the importance of the arts in diplomacy, as they can serve as a powerful tool for promoting understanding and building bridges between nations.
Salonga, Lewis, and Vosk are some of the most talented performers on Broadway today. Their performances at the White House state dinner will undoubtedly be a treat for those in attendance and will serve as a reminder of the power of the arts to bring people together.
In addition to the Broadway stars, the invitation of Korean-American chef Edward Lee to the state dinner is significant. Lee is the owner and chef of several successful restaurants in the United States and is known for his fusion of Korean and Southern cuisine. His inclusion in the state dinner highlights the growing importance of food and culinary diplomacy in promoting cultural exchange.