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So You Wanna Be a Superstar? The Ultimate Audition Guide
So You Wanna Be a Superstar? The Ultimate Audition Guide

LEA SALONGA is a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon. She is recognized for having won, in addition to the Tony, the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards.

In 2002, she took on the role of a Chinese immigrant in a reinterpretation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, on Broadway, opposite Jose Llana. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival.

She began her career as a child star in the Philippines, making her professional debut in 1978 at the age of seven in the musical The King and I. She went on to star in productions of Annie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Fiddler on the Roof, The Rose Tattoo, The Sound of Music, The Goodbye Girl, Paper Moon, and The Fantasticks. Many fans of all ages recognize Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II. In honor of her portrayal of the beloved princesses, Disneyland bestowed the honor of "Disney Legend" to Lea in August of 2011.

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NIC CORY is an actor, writer, and professional acting coach living in New York City. A graduate of the Acting/Music Theatre program at Carnegie Mellon, he has performed Off-Broadway in The Boys Upstairs, Signs of Life, and The Rocky Horror Show. He is a member of the Advanced BMI Lehman Engel Workshop. He coaches aspiring artists—especially high school students applying to conservatory programs—through GET U. IN. Check him out at

MARA JILL HERMAN is a contributing writer for, and Edge magazine, the official University of the Arts publication. A native New Yorker and UArts graduate with a BFA in Musical Theater, Mara has appeared in various regional productions and the North American tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. She is a 2011 recipient of the UArts Young Alumni Service Award and a past winner of the Musical Theatre Merit Award from YoungARTS. Mara gives Audition Workshops for Teens across the country. Mara and Ted have harmonized through the years in show choir and as Liesl and Rolf in The Sound of Music, but this is their first literary collaboration!