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Marcus Choi Makes Broadway Principal Debut as Frankie Suzuki at Today’s Matinee of ‘Allegiance’

Marcus Choi.

Marcus Choi.

Congratulations to Marcus Choi, who will be making his Broadway principal debut as Frankie Suzuki at the Wednesday, Jan. 6 matinee (2:00pm) of Allegiance at the Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St. in New York. Click here to purchase tickets

Choi normally performs in the ensemble and as Johnny Goto. He is the fight captain and is the understudy for Frankie Suzuki and Mike Masaoka. Choi has appeared in the Original Broadway companies of Flower Drum SongWicked, and The Times They Are a Changin., the City Center Encores productions of Kismet and Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate. He has performed in the NY workshops of Bruce Lee: Journey to the West and Frank Wildhorn’s Tears of Heaven. His regional credits include Mysterious Skin ( Best Supporting Actor nomination), Pippin at East West Players, Dangerous Beauty, and most recently the US premier of Waterfall at Pasadena Playhouse.

Choi’s most recent guest star and recurring appearances on TV are: TNT’s The Last Ship, ABC Family’s The Fosters, Disney XD’s Jessie, FOX’s Raising Hope, Centric TV’s The First Family, and USA’s Graceland. His film credits include Syfy’s Sharknado, Disney’s EnchantedAdopting Terror staring Sean Astin, The Novack Murders starring Rob Lowe, and Netflix’s Project Drew.

Lea Salonga and George Takei star in Allegiance at Broadway's Longacre Theatre. (© Matthew Murphy)

Lea Salonga and George Takei star in Allegiance at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. (© Matthew Murphy)

Allegiance stars Tony and Olivier Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss SaigonLes Miserables) in her long-awaited return to Broadway joined by Star Trek icon George Takei in his Broadway debut at age 78, and Broadway and Glee star Telly Leung. Allegiance is the vibrant and unforgettable story of one family’s resilience in the face of seemingly-insurmountable odds, inspired by Takei’s real-life experience as a Japanese American during World War II. Allegiance opened at the Longacre Theatre on Sunday, November 8, 2015.

Allegiance features a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo. Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima directs, in his Broadway debut. Andrew Palermo serves as choreographer.

The cast stars George Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San; Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura; Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura; Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christópheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura; and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka, and features Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Toyomi Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Kevin Munhall, Manna Nichols, Rumi Oyama, Catherine Ricafort, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Tony winner Scott Wise.

Allegiance illuminates one of American history’s lesser known chapters as it tells the story of Sam Kimura (Takei), transported back nearly six decades to when his younger self (Leung) and his sister Kei (Salonga) fought to stay connected to their heritage, their family, and themselves after Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II. An epic story told with great intimacy, Allegiance explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere, and the overwhelming power of forgiveness and, most especially, love.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE.

Allegiance has implemented a digital lottery for $39 seats available each day via Entries can be submitted the day of the preferred performance, either by 11AM for matinees or 3PM for evening performances. Winners will be notified via email or text, depending on what they select during the entry process, and winners may purchase up to 2 tickets which will be held at the box office. Allegiance will also offer a limited number of $39 rush tickets for patrons 35 years old and under for each performance beginning at the opening of the box office each day. There will be a limit of 2 tickets per customer. Cash or credit cards will be accepted for all lottery and rush tickets, and seat locations will vary depending on availability.

Allegiance had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012.

For more information go to

Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang and George Takei talk about Broadway’s Allegiance at The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University

“Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice” by Lorraine K. Bannai

Broadway’s ‘Allegiance’ to Record Cast Album on Dec. 7

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and More celebrate opening night of ALLEGIANCE

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and more at the first preview of Broadway’s Allegiance; opens Nov. 8

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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 Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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