NEW YORK — Most theater producers with a new work heading for Broadway first secure a theater and gather a cast before trying to fire up an audience. By that measure, the man behind “Allegiance” is doing it backward.
George Takei, speaking by phone from his California home, cannot resist describing the un-wintry view from his window.
“There’s a flawless blue sky, golden sunshine and a green garden outside,” the Los Angeles-born Takei says in his burnished baritone, with just a hint of gloating. “But I am looking forward to being back in Baltimore. I love the bracing air of the Inner Harbor.”
By trial and error, George Takei says he has found humor to be a powerful social glue.
But the 76-year-old “Star Trek” actor-turned-social-media-activist isn’t joking about Gov. Gary Herbert’s decision not to recognize Utah’s same-sex marriages while a federal court ruling is on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Between Dec. 20 and Jan. 6, Utah county clerks issued more than 1,300 marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Remember when it wasn’t cool to be a Trekkie, or care about science fiction — or even science?
Then the Internet happened, and geeks suddenly ruled the world.
How else could one explain the rise of George Takei — 76-year-old former supporting actor on “Star Trek” — who has become one of the most popular personalities on the Internet. His more than 4.6 million followers on Facebook and 800,000-plus Twitter followers represent something exceedingly rare in the internet world: near-consensus.
Thanksgiving might be over, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything left to be thankful for this year! Earlier this week, BroadwayWorld brought you entries from over 60 of Broadway’s biggest stars on what they are counting their blessings for (CLICK HERE to check out the full list), but now we turn the tables and share with you the reasons why we are thankful this holiday season.
There are no buildings, signs or markers to indicate what happened at the site 70 years ago, but researchers sifting through the dirt have found broken porcelain, old medicine bottles and lost artwork identifying the location of the first internment camp where the U.S. government used people of Japanese ancestry as a workforce during World War II.
Today, a team of researchers from the University of Idaho wants to make sure the Kooskia Internment Camp isn’t forgotten to history.
The Tony Awards dominated the cultural news in New York this week, but it turned out they weren’t the only red-carpet game in town.
On Monday night, Manhattan’s landmark Stella Adler Studio of Acting hosted its annual Stella By Starlight Gala, attended by such famous names as Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Alec Baldwin, James Gandolfini and Harold Prince.
This song, appearing for the first time in the score of Allegiance during the 2013 developmental lab, has quickly become one of Telly’s favorite songs to perform and is part of his regular repertoire as he’s performing in cabaret shows in London, NY and all around North America.
Telly’s new album – I’ll Cover You – is also available on Amazon.com and a limited-edition autographed copy can be ordered via the link to the right.
George Takei, best known as Captain Sulu of Star Trek, says it’s been his “lifelong dream” to make it to Broadway. He came close in 1960 when he was invited to audition for a show. But he did not get the part.
“It was a body blow,” says Takei. “Suddenly, New York turned into a cold, heartless city.”
Tony Award winner Lea Salonga kicks off LIncoln Center’s American Songbook’s 15th season at The Allen Room on January 30th, 2013. Music director: Larry Yurman; Bass: John Miller; Drums: David Ratajczak; Guitar: Jack Cavari. Directed by Victor Lirio.
The Old Globe presents the World Premiere of Allegiance — A New American Musical, an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II. Directed by Stafford Arima, with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and book by Marc Acito, Kuo and Lorenzo Thione, the production features choreography by Andrew Palermo and music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Lynne Shankel.
George Takei calls “Allegiance” his “legacy project.” Listen to the Star Trek actor and social media superstar talk about why he has so much invested in this new musical at the Globe about the Japanese American internment.
When Allegiance went into preview performances last month, it was still being tweaked says book writer Lorenzo Thione.
“It’s like archeology, a story is down there it lies down there and you just have to dig it up.”
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