Making a Mark on Broadway

Former James Madison University Graduate makes Broadway Debut
By; Hope Matthews, Student News Editor

On November 24, 2016, Lina Lee joined the Broadway cast of Miss Saigon in New York. Lee graduated from James Madison University (JMU) in 2015, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater Performance. She began performing in school plays at nine years old, and her love for theater catapulted from there, leading her to audition for JMU. Lee enjoyed being a student at JMU, as the Bachelor of Arts program allowed her to explore other elements of art. Lee expanded on her ability and explored various areas of theater stating, “I think having a background in all of these different aspects of theatre helped me to become a more well-rounded actor.”

Lee is still performing with the cast of Miss Saigon in New York as a member of the ensemble. In the ensemble, she plays various roles such as, “Vietnamese bar girl”, “soldier”, “refugee”, “American soldier”, and more. Lee is grateful for the support she has received from former professors at JMU, who have nothing but kind words to say about her. Kate Arecchi, one of Lee’s former musical theater professors, described Lee as “a stunning dancer and performer who is just really hard working.”

Lee’s time on Broadway has been humbling, as well as a great learning opportunity. Lee has lived her life hoping to “inspire not only other Asian actors, but all the young performers sitting in a Broadway theater, dreaming about being on that stage to pursue their dreams.”