Not a lot of people know Lea Salonga provided the signing voice for Princess Jasmine in the movie Aladdin; Robin Williams got all the buzz. Some the really good performances got lost in the completely justified controversy over the stereotyped portrayals of Arabs and their culture.
Fast forward to today, Lea is now starring with the legendary George Takei in Allegiance on Broadway and buddies with Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda. Wednesday, she joined Lin for the Ham 4 Ham pre-show, an impromptu sidewalk performance by the Hamilton cast, with the help of some other Broadway stars, performed for the benefit of fans waiting in line for tickets in the ticket lottery. Even if you don’t get a ticket, you can see some really cool stuff.
Lea begins her performance by revealing she is friends with Lin’s ex, and sings a little song that Lin wrote for his ex-girlfriend. It’s obvious he never expected to see this little song performed in public, but he’s a good sport about it.
The really good part is Lin and Lea signing the iconic A Whole New World from Aladdin. Here is the complete video of Lea’s performance of both songs: