While most people in musical theatre who have a successful career remain relatively unknown outside the industry, there are a few individuals who make their stamp not just in the theatre but in the wider world. Here we will look at some of the world’s most successful musical theatre stars. If you word hard and go for your dreams you too could one day be as big as them!
Lea Salonga is synonymous with the musical Miss Saigon. She was discovered by Cameron Mackintosh, the famous producer, in her native Philippines in 1989 for the lead role in the new West End show Miss Saigon. She has since gone on to achieve international acclaim in shows such as Les Miserables, as both Eponine and Fantine and The King and I. She is also the voice of Jasmine in Disney’s Aladin.
Julie Andrews is one of the world’s most loved actresses for her roles as Mary Poppins, in the film of the same name, and as Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. However, Andrews started out as a normal graduate from the Arts Educational School in London. She went on to play Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady, both in London and on Broadway but lost out on the film role to Audrey Hepburn. She eventually won the Oscar over Hepburn for her role in Mary Poppins.
Matthew Broderick might be more famous for his film roles but he is, in fact, a huge Broadway star. He has starred in musicals such as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Nice Work If You Can Get It and also The Producers (he also starred in the film version). A little-known fact is that he was the voice of the adult Simba in the movie version of The Lion King.