I blame this woman, Lea Salonga, for my total lack of ability to sing. She and I have the exact same birth date, and I have a sneaking suspicion she did something underhanded on that day to make me not pay attention when God was handing out singing voices.
Frances Ruffelle did an admirable job as Eponine in the musical Les Miserables, but Lea didn't do too badly either. I think she has a wonderful voice, and she's a talented actress too. Lea achieved international fame when she won a Tony Award and a Laurence Olivier Award for best actress -- among numerous other awards -- for her portrayal of Kim (a young Vietnamese prostitute who falls in love with an American GI) in the musical Miss Saigon, a tragic love story that didn't please a lot of theatrical critics. But I love some of the songs in that production. Les Miz, in which Lea played Eponine, is a musical that's more critically acclaimed than Miss Saigon, and her performance in it only enhanced her reputation even further.
I, along with the rest of my countrymen, am fiercely proud of Lea.
I love this song.