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.
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.”
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.
Allegiance Highlights features the following songs:
“Going Places” performed by Telly Leung, Lea Salonga and Ensemble
“Gaman” performed by Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and Ensemble
“Ishi Kara Ishi” performed by George Takei and Lea Salonga
“Higher” performed by Lea Salonga
Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon) and Broadway’s Michael K. Lee sing “The Mountain’s Heart” in rehearsal for Allegiance – A New American Musical. The world premiere of Allegiance, also starring television and film icon George Takei (“Star Trek”) and Broadway favorite Telly Leung (Godspell), runs at The Old Globe from Sept. 7 – Oct. 21, 2012. For tickets and information, visit www.TheOldGlobe.org
Lea Salonga and Jose Llana sing “The Mountain’s Heart,” a new duet from Allegiance that was added for the July 2011 NYC Workshop. In this moment of the show, James has just told Gloria that he is signing up for the all-Japanese American unit, the 442nd Regimental Brigade–the most decorated unit in the War. The news is shocking to Gloria, but she accepts it with grace and courage. A fan favorite, this was a special performance by Lea and Jose at the Cast Party prior to the NYC Workshop, held at the Lucille Lortel Cabaret.
A fan favorite, I Haven’t Got A Prayer - sung by Allie Trimm - was originally conceived as a confessional of a young girl, Hannah, who is discovering her feelings for Sam, an internee boy at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, where her father serves as camp director. Allie performed the original version of this song at a screening of the October 2010 reading, h
At the heart of Allegiance is the idea that, no matter what terrible events have transpired, no matter how desperate or awful things have been in times past, it’s never too late to have a second chance to love, a second chance to hope, and a second chance to make things right.
In this video, Lea Salonga performs an early iteration of the song before long-time supporters of the show in Honolulu, Hawaii at a reception held by host and Allegiance co-producer, Mark Mugiishi. Second Chances closes the show and brings a message of hope to Old Sam, played by George Takei, even in the twilight of his life. The lyrics to the song have since developed and changed, but the heart of the message remains the same.
Act I of Allegiance ends with a wallop from Young Sam, who has just learned devastating news. In this early version of the Act One closer, after hearing the news, Sam takes the news as a sign that he must now step forward and shine, in a ballad entitled My Time Now. Subsequent iterations of the show led to a repurposing and reconception of the Act One closer, which changed title to Show Me The Way.