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George Takei Set for Broadway Debut in ALLEGIANCE in October

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George Takei will make his Broadway debut in Allegiance, a new American musical, next season at a Shubert Theater to be announced. Previews are set to begin on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 with opening night set for Sunday, November 8, 2015.

(center, from left) Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura, Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura, George Takei as Ojii-san and Paul Nakauchi as Tatsuo Kimura with the cast of the World Premiere of Allegiance - A New American Musical at The Old Globe. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

(center, from left) Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura, Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura, George Takei as Ojii-san and Paul Nakauchi as Tatsuo Kimura with the cast of the World Premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical at The Old Globe. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

Allegiance,  helmed by Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima (London’s Ragtime, Off-Broadway’s BareCarrieAltar Boyz), had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Allegiance has book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo, and is produced by Lorenzo Thione and Andrew Treagus.

Composer, lyricist and co-book writer Jay Kuo, co-book writer Lorenzo Thione, co-book writer Marc Acito and star George Takei. Photo by Henry DiRocco

Composer, lyricist and co-book writer Jay Kuo, co-book writer Lorenzo Thione, co-book writer Marc Acito and star George Takei. Photo by Henry DiRocco

ALLEGIANCE wins the Outstanding New Musical 2012 Craig Noel Award Allegiance takes home the top honor from the San Diego Theater Critic Circle Association on February 4, 2013. Also recognized for Outstanding Featured Male Performer (Michael Lee). Photo by Lia Chang

ALLEGIANCE wins the Outstanding New Musical 2012 Craig Noel Award Allegiance takes home the top honor from the San Diego Theater Critic Circle Association on February 4, 2013. Also recognized for Outstanding Featured Male Performer (Michael Lee). Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance was inspired by the real life childhood of George Takei, the original and beloved Mr. Sulu from “Star Trek”, film and television star, activist and social media icon. It is a touching and uplifting story about a family’s love, loss and heroism during the period of the Japanese -American internment in World War II. A tale that will resonate with everyone: a story you’ve never heard about a family you will never forget.

Producer Thione says, “Allegiance takes audiences on an uplifting and emotional journey into a too-often overlooked moment in American history, and does so with both dignity and humor. The result is life-affirming and extraordinary. After seeing how audiences reacted to this story in San Diego, we knew we had to get it to Broadway.”

Additional information, including complete casting, will be announced shortly. For more information go to www.AllegianceMusical.com

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The Old Globe’s Production Photos of George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and Paolo Montalban in World Premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical
George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and Paolo Montalban star in the World Premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical at The Old Globe, September 7 – October 21, 2012

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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