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.
On February 4th, 2013, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle hosted the 11th Annual Craig Noel Awards last night to a crowd of nearly 500 of San Diego’s most dedicated theatre lovers, producers and participants. Among those were some of the larger theatre companies in the city including The Old Globe, Moxie and La Jolla Playhouse.
The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle has announced the nominees for the 2012 Craig Noel Awards. New musicals including The Scottsboro Boys, Allegiance, Hands on a Hardbody and Nobody Loves You are among the nominated productions.
The Old Globe’s world-premiere musical Allegiance received six nominations, the most for any new musical, while its productions of The Scottsboro Boys earned five nominations and Nobody Loves You was honored with four nominations. The awards ceremony will be held Feb. 4, 2013, at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
SAN DIEGO — When he was 5, George Takei, his parents and his little brother and sister were rousted from their home in Los Angeles, housed in a stable and then shipped to a World War II internment camp in Arkansas.
George Takei has plenty of practice exploring strange new worlds on TV and film, but delving into a painful time in his family’s life onstage is something even he never imagined.
Takei and his family were among thousands of Japanese-Americans put in internment camps during World War II. The 75-year-old “Star Trek” actor’s memories inspired composer/lyricist Jay Kuo to write “Allegiance – A New American Musical,” which has high hopes of making it to Broadway.
One day, young George Takei was living a typical American childhood. The next, his family had been forced from its L.A. home — sent to live in horse stables for weeks, then packed off to faraway relocation camps for years.
The Old Globe will present artist Wendy Maruyama’s large-scale sculptural installation “The Tag Project” in conjunction with the World Premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical, which will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. “The Tag Project” memorializes the nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in U.S. internment camps during World War II.
If one looked at the thousands of women, men and children who were affected by the internment, there would be myriad of stories to tell. Where does one begin? You begin with the human heart. The authors of “Allegiance”, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione made the decision to tell a human story about transformation and change against the backdrop of one of the silent stains on America’s tapestry.