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.
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 Bare, Carrie, Altar Boyz).
Star 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.
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