New Miss Saigon star sings Winehouse, Sinatra at Feinstein’s at the Nikko, April 27, 28

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By Harvey I. Barkin

See for yourself the new gen “Kim” (from the 2014 West End and 2017 revivals of Miss Saigon), who original “Kim,” Lea Salonga calls, “officially a star.”

Eva Noblezada was nominated for last year’s Tony Awards Actress in a leading role in a musical category but lost to Bette Midler (in Hello, Dolly). In 2015, she bagged the WhatsOnstage award for Best Actress in a musical in London.

Not bad for a high school student discovered in Charlotte, NC in 2013 and asked to audition for Miss Saigon in London like in a real-life play.

Just like Lea, she also played Eponine in the 2016 West end production of Les Miserables. But Eva will have you know she is no Lea clone. Eva was born to Filipino-Mexican-American parents in San Diego, California; Lea, in Manila.

And Lea followed her success in Broadway with other plays, records, TV show appearances and as the voices of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and then as Mulan in the title role.

No Disney girl characters for Eva right now. In fact, she was just dying to get out of costume and bare another side of her when she debuted solo at Jazz Café in Camden, London for one-night last January.

This month, she’s singing Amy Winehouse and Frank Sinatra songs for two nights at Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Eva says, “There are so many types of music I like. I had a large array of music in my childhood: Disney, Santana, Gwen Stefani, Gospel Music and a lot of Jazz. I chose those two artists because I grew up listening to them.”

Tickets for Eva Noblezada at Feinstein’s at the Nikko are on sale from $33.75 to $65. The Hotel Nikko (222 Mason Street, San Francisco) seats 140 in a cabaret setting. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27 and on Saturday, April 28. A $20 food and beverage minimum per person can be use for cocktails and small plates in the showroom. Cheese and dessert platters will also be available. Guests arriving before the show can enjoy the full bar and cocktails at the Kanpai Lounge at the Hotel lobby. A 3-course pre-fixe dinner (at $45 per person) is also available prior to the show. For reservations, call 415-394-1100 or go to www.feinsteins@thenikko.com.

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