This year, her fans saw her under the bright lights of Broadway as part of the Tony-winning revival “Once On This Island.” And in 2019, the country will see Lea Salonga a little closer after she was cast as Mrs. Lovett in Atlantis’ production of “Sweeney Todd” in Manila, scheduled for October. She stars in the musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler opposite rock star Jett Pangan, who will play Sweeney Todd. Of the news, Salonga said: “I cannot tell you how excited I am to be cast in one of my favorite Sondheim musicals.” She continued: “It pleases and tickles me to no end that I’m finally old enough to play Mrs. Lovett! She is such a well-written, thoroughly fleshed-out character that’s equal parts drama, comedy, music and crazy. And I am all about the crazy.” Bobby Garcia is directing the local staging, which will be held at The Theatre at Solarie beginning in October 2019.