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.
Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, George Takei and Telly Leung were part of a May 20 New York City industry presentation of Allegiance, the award-winning new musical by Jay Kuo, Marc Acito and Lorenzo Thione.
Allegiance is planning to arrive on Broadway in spring 2014, representatives for the musical confirmed to Playbill.com. The May 20 readings were the latest step toward that goal.
At 76, George Takei is in the prime of his life: The Star Trek actor and L.A. native is now a social media maven, a theatrical producer and, with his husband, the former Brad Altman (now Takei), a poster child for marriage equality.
That doesn’t mean everyone knows how to pronounce his name properly. It’s Ta-KAY, he says, not Ta-KAI — as in “Ta-KAY is gay,” he quips.
Takei’s dry wit and deadpan style have made him one of the Internet’s most beloved celebrities. But it’s a dark episode from his childhood that shaped his world.
In March, it was announced that Allegiance: A New American Musical, would be getting a developmental lab staging in New York in April and May of this year. The musical, which tackles the often-overlooked topic of the Japanese internment camps that existed in the United States during World War II and the effects that they had on the people whose lives they touched, originally opened at the Old Globe theatre in San Diego in 2012 and now has its eyes set on Broadway.
Last week, just before the attacks in Boston, I took a pilgrimage. I traveled to Arkansas to dedicate the Japanese American Internment Museum in McGehee. The town lies between two places of great sadness: Jerome internment camp to the southwest, and Rohwer camp to the northeast. Over seventy years ago, my family and I were forced from our home in Los Angeles at gunpoint by U.S.
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 became a star voyaging through the galaxy on board the Starship Enterprise. But the actor and activist’s journey began at an Arkansas internment camp at the dawn of WWII. He described his life’s journey to Michelle Miller.
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.”
You can leave your email and name to be added to our email list and receive special updates, offers, all the latest news on the show and be amongst the first ones to be able to purchase tickets or participate in special events connected to the show.
For an even more exclusive look at special content, media, and even earlier access to content, offers and events, become an Ambassador by registering an account with the website, using your Facebook account or creating a username and password.