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Kea Chan A Performer To Keep Your Eye On

Kea Chan A Performer To Keep Your Eye On

Since her arrival in America a year ago from her native Philippines, 22-year-old Kea Chan, has made her mark. She was a finalist for the lead role of Kim in the current Broadway production of Miss Saigon. She was cast as the lead in a local touring Children’s Musical, Why Did the Chicken Cross the Street?, and was featured on the new LA based web series, Bronx SIU. Kea played an Asian gambling hostess having an affair with the Mayor. Kea performed in Scott Siegel’s Broadway’s Greatest Hits Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below and Mercedes Ellington’s production of Triple Threats Latin Style at the famous Friars Club; had two special guest appearances at the Metropolitan Room, appearing in the musical Birthday Salute to Bernie Furshpan (where she performed the operatic Nessum Dorma to a huge ovation) and at The Charlie Romo and Guests concert. She has sung at Jim Caruso’s Cast Party at Birdland; was a special guest performer at the 2017 Filipino American Festival in Leonia, NJ; and performed periodically at Le Jardin in Edgewater, NJ. Currently you can catch Kea as the featured singer every Thursday evening alongside pianist/singer, Al Deleon at Nino’s Restaurant on New York’s Upper East Side.

Lea Solanga, Kea Chan,Cecile Licad

Lea Salonga, Kea Chan and with Cecile Licad

Kea has been a professional singer/performer since the age of 11, when she won the coveted Philippine Child Performer of the Year Award at the age of 13 (see video). Kea was the ‘Opening Singer’ (twice) in Singapore for the “Asia’s Greatest Parade” (their version of our Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade); was Star Performer at the “Children’s Music Festival” in Hong Kong; and numerous times was a soloist singing the Philippine National Anthem for the prior President of the Philippines at the Presidential Palace in Manila. Before her residence in America, Kea was flown to Las Vegas and Los Angeles as a guest star vocalist for the American Heritage Foundation & Philippine Nurses Association of America events.

Lea Solanga, Kea Chan, Marya Colburn

Lea Salonga, Kea Chan, Marya Coburn Photo by Rose Billings

Kea currently resides in New York City and is developing her own show to tour the USA, while auditioning for TV, Film and Theatre.

Kea Chan, Lea Solanga

Lea Salonga, Kea Chan Photo by Rose Billings

I heard Kea during Thanksgiving and this girl has an unreal range singing opera, musical theatre and pop with equal aplomb. I invited Kea as my guest when I went to see Once on This Island, as Lea Salonga is Kea’s idol.

This is one talented performer to watch out for.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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