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George Takei Hunts for Allegiance’s Leading Lady in the second installment of his Trek to Broadway

George Takei has boldly gone where few men have gone before (the farthest reaches of space and social media, to name just a few), but his quest to bring life to the Broadway-bound Allegiance – a semi-autobiographical musical about the time his family spent in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II – might be his most daring, personal trek yet.

Lea Salonga in Allegiance. Photo courtesy of Allegiance

Lea Salonga in Allegiance. Photo courtesy of Allegiance

Allegiance stars George Takei and Lea Salonga at The Strand Bistro in New York on June 25, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance stars George Takei and Lea Salonga at The Strand Bistro in New York on June 25, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

In an exclusive clip from the web series Trek to Broadway, Takei and his fellow producers have the show, they’ve finally landed a theater and now all Allegiance’s team needs is a leading lady.

ALLEGIANCE’s Trek to Broadway chronicles the creative team’s journey from the page to the Great White Way – and, as fans will quickly discover, mounting a new production is as unpredictable as visiting another galaxy.

Who’d have thought that mounting Allegiance would be just as dramatic as the musical itself?

Broadway’s Allegiance, a new musical inspired by Takei’s true-life story, opens on November 8, 2015 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street).  Previews begin October 6.

Fans can watch the series on George Takei’s official Facebook Page

As previously announced, Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo. Helming the production is Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima (London’s Ragtime, Off-Broadway’s BareCarrieAltar Boyz).

AllegianceStar Trek‘s George Takei will make his Broadway debut as Sam Kimura/Ojii San; with Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura; Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura; and features Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka.The ensemble includes Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Kevin Munhall, Manna Nichols, Autumn Ogawa, Rumi Oyama, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe,  Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Scott Wise.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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