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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.
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.
Biggest surprise of 2012: “Allegiance — A New American Musical,” Old Globe Theatre
A sobering subject, untested writing talents, serious financial risks and seemingly naive Broadway ambitions.
And finally — startlingly — unbridled success.
The intriguing — and in many ways heartening — story behind the creation of “Allegiance” makes the show easily the biggest surprise in San Diego theater this year.
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.
The final performance of the Old Globe’s “Allegiance — A New American Musical” on Sunday night left George Takei close to speechless — and not just from the emotion of the occasion.
“The timing (of closing night) is good because I’m about to lose my voice,” the “Star Trek” icon and driving force behind this world-premiere show rasped with a smile at the closing-night cast party.
But if the production’s seven-week run — not to mention Takei’s marathon post-performance meet-and-greets — tattered the actor’s vocal cords, it also did a number on the Globe’s record books.
“… with liberty and justice for all.”
Long before he became etched in our memories as Sulu of “Star Trek” fame, George Takei used to recite those words with one hand over his heart like millions of schoolboys before and after.
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.