Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hello and welcome back to episode two of Dear Daae, here at Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. So one of the coolest things I think about Phantom is its international appeal. It's played in 35 countries in 15 different languages. And here on Broadway, we happen to have a lot of incredible international performers, so because of that and the fact that I just came back from an incredible trip to the Philippines where I went to a family reunion that had 206 people attending. I thought I'd do a little an internationally it kind of themed episode, so hope you enjoy! --Dear Daae, today is a very exciting day because I'm here with my beautiful friend JAYGEE MACAPUGAY starring on Broadway in School of Rock right now. And we are going to see our Filipino idol Lea Salonga! She's a friend of ours too, like friend and idol. --Fierce and majestic. Queen. --In Once on this Island. Can't wait. --Hi! --You recognize this amazing woman as Lea Salonga. The one and only. I just saw her in her show and I'm wrecked, like weeping. --You still have mascara. -- I still have a little bit on and just barely because you know it was so wonderful. --Thank you. --I've told you this before, but you are a huge part of why I'm in this business because I got to see Lea while she was doing Eponine in Les Mis also in Saigon of course, but just like seeing you play a part that was not necessarily meant for an Asian actor was like super influential to me, and also the fact that you're amazing and were amazing in it. What were there any any things that inspired you to join the business in the first place and into being begin singing and performing? --I kind of feel like it wasn't a choice that I made, but rather a choice that was made for me. I mean, I had, well I still have I have a first cousin, who in her prime, was a prima ballerina ballet dancer amazing. And I've seen her dancing she's kind of a badass, and she was the prima ballerina for the Atlanta Ballet and she says the same thing about it. And even my brother who's a conductor and a musical director, I think we all kind of had that philosophy because what the talents that we were given it did not seem accidental. It did not... it was like you gave me this what else am I going to be? So it was as if the choice was a divine one yeah that I was not really privy to. But more like okay you there are these people placed in my life to kind of lead me to this, but I mean singing has always been enjoyable. It was always something that I liked to do and found that I was pretty good at. --[off-camera] Mm-hmm. Sorry... I know I'm not supposed to be the cameraman quiet camerawoman... --JAYGEE understands. --Mmmhmm. So, yeah, I guess it was just just kind of one led to the next thing and the next thing and the next thing until Miss Saigon and it was like I was a pre-med in college and it was like God was saying no no, you can make your plans, but I'm gonna laugh at your plans, and I am going to take you somewhere else! --Save people in other ways --Exactly. --Of course! Thank you. --I'm glad I got to see this. Thank you for chatting with us. --Bye! --Hey guys! So I'm gonna go visit my amazing Raoul Rodney Ingram. You may have heard of him. He actually grew up in Mexico and I think he's warming up now so let's let's go see let's see what he's doing. --Hey, rodney! --Hey what's up? --What you doing? --Nothing much in particular. How are you? This is... crazy. --That was beautiful but we are singing in English English tonight. Oh I thought we could like make a few like little alterations. I've been like man I feel like there's something to the Spanish lyric. We're gonna make it happen what do you say tonight? Going in. --Spotted in the Phantom of the Opera alleyway: international star Peter Jöback --Hi! I'm here with our gorgeous Carlotta --Raquel Suarez Groen. --I made her say it for you because I would have butchered it otherwise and Raquel is incredible and she happened to live in Holland until she was 10 and then moved to Canada. Can you do a little some Carlotta in Dutch for us. --That's fierce! --So, our amazing Elizabeth Welch, who you met last week um she actually performs the role of Christine in Germany and she's not here because she's in Colorado with her family, but she was kind enough to send in a little clip. --I hope no one forgets me, and please, --I love her! --As you know, Maree Johnson our amazing Giry is from Australia and played Christine in Australia. --Many moons ago. --And if this is an Australian tradition is it? --This is an Australian tradition at intermission yes. So I'm going to with a bickie on the side we got biggie on the side. And first we pour the milk. Always pour the milk first. --Okay. Wow Americans don't know anything about tea. --We have this little the milk and the sugar isn't that cool? --So cute. --We also have manuka honey from new zealand because of its healing properties we need that when we're doing a show. --Amazing. -- We have the brown Betty teapot from London, which is great it's you'll see as it pours and the very posh Tiffany's tea strainer. Not that we're into labels or anything. --No no. If it's a wedding present. --And the perfect, oh, do you like the first cup? That's kind of weak. --That's all right. I don't mind --We'll see how the other one goes. --It's late in the night I don't want too much caffeine. --Sugar? Honey? --Ah honey honey. What was is there anything different in doing the Australian production? Or did you love what the how is it playing Giry now that you played Christine? --Oh you know I feel it's it's just complete full circle and especially being older and now also in my other life I'm a mother. So I feel very protective of my girls and especially of Christine because I have such a connection you know so it kind of plays out in your real life you know you definitely bring a lot more of lot more of your own experience to the role. --Yeah. --Now being a little bit older. --She's gorgeous. She's amazing. --Hey! --Hi, Ali. How are you? --How much do you love being on Broadway.com vlogs? --I don't... --Leone is very famous because he was a major player in Sierra Boggess a series Daae Days, if you may recall. And he actually worked internationally with Phantom right? --Yes that is correct. --Where were you? --I was in Sweden. --Very cool. --We did a production in Sweden last year 2017, which has closed, which is done, but we have Peter Joback here this year. --Yay, and he's so wonderful. It's nice having him back right ? --Yes, it's quite wonderful. --Okay I'll stop torturing you now. --Dear Daae, fun fact: I'm getting ready for my second show of the day right now and sometimes I leave my I leave my makeup on in between because lazy but sometimes I cry a little too much in the first show and I have to research my eyelashes, so that's what I'm gonna do now. Just a little on the outside. Fake eyelashes, just for the record. --Hey Laird! So, I'm doing this like international kind of episode and Laird actually played a Raoul in the Canadian production. So I was wondering if you could answer say something in Canadian. --Sure. How about this: Christine Daae, where is your red scarf? -- Yeah but like in like Canadian like Canadian. --Okay let me try again...Um Christine Daae a where is your red scarf? You mean the way we did it in the Toronto production? --Well that's sounds like the way do it so like more Canadian... Like if you were in Canada. --Oh, I know what you mean. I know what you mean. This is how we did it in Toronto. Christine Daae, where is your red scarf, eh? --We are all finished with Saturday night on Broadway looking forward to a day off tomorrow! I hope you enjoyed this week's episode. See you next week and remember like my friend and former Raoul Jordan Donica says, --\"Immigrants, we get the job done.\"