WATCH: Lea Salonga is Tita Myrna on US show 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

WATCH: Lea Salonga is Tita Myrna on US show 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'


Filipina thespian and Broadway legend Lea Salonga sang on the Season 1 finale of the hit US musical comedy show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" as Tita Myrna.

Aired on April 18, Monday in the US (April 19, Tuesday PST), Lea played the aunt of Filipino-American Josh Chan, the male lead portrayed by Fil-Am actor Vincent Rodriguez III.

She sings the ballad "One Indescribable Feeling" at the wedding of Josh's sister in the episode titled Paula Needs to Get Over Josh.

"This is my gift to her, as God gifted me with my voice. Basically, I am giving her a gift from God," said Tita Myrna in the episode.

Watch Lea dish out a few crazies of her own starting at the 1:06 mark in this video:


Speaking to Vanity Fair, executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna said getting Lea to sing on the show was "to dream the impossible dream," which almost didn't come true because of Lea's tight schedule.

"Lea was somebody that we had started talking about really early on because we were dealing with a Filipino family and we knew we wanted to have someone in Josh's family sing in the finale," said McKenna.

When they finally had confirmation that the Tony winner will appear on the show, they were all floored.

"Several of us almost wept, and then we told Vinny [Vincent Rodriguez III] she was going to be in the show, and he actually collapsed to the ground," added McKenna.


Lea, for her part, expressed excitement over Twitter after the show aired in the US: "Oh my goodness, that was soooooo much fun!!!"


Lea also took over the Entertainment Weekly Instagram account and posted several photos of herself with the cast.


"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" follows the story of Rebecca Bunch (played by Rachel Bloom), a successful Manhattan lawyer who left everything to follow and reconnect with Josh, her high school sweetheart, in the suburban West Covina, California.

It has been touted as "the first TV series to depict Filipino-American family life," particularly when it aired a Thanksgiving episode with a large Filipino cast of actors in a single episode.

Fil-Am actor Rene Gube, who wrote that episode, said he was "encouraged every step of the way to make it truthful and accurate."

Gube added: "The last time I'd seen that many Filipinos was at my Thanksgiving. It was an amazing feeling."


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