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.
MCGEHEE, Ark. — The McGehee Industrial Foundation announces the opening of the WWII Japanese American Internment Museum on Tuesday, April 16, with actor/activist George Takei as special guest.
It will house the exhibit “Against Their Will,” interpreting the history during World War II when the Japanese American population was moved from the West Coast to ten internment camps across the country, forced to leave behind their homes and jobs.
Two of those camps, Jerome and Rohwer, were located in southeast Arkansas. They were home to more than 17,000 Japanese Americans.
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 winner Lea Salonga is getting ready to lead the cast of the Lincoln Center concert of Ragtime, which will bow on February 18 and feature a cast of Broadway showstoppers like Norm Lewis, Tyne Daly, Patina Miller, Kerry Butler, Matt Cavenaugh and more. In prepping for the concert, the former Miss Saigon star gave Broadway.com the scoop on the starry lineup for the anticipated event.
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.
Salonga, who most recently played a Japanese-American sent to a World War II internment camp in the stage musical “Allegiance,” landed the role of Mother, an upper-class white Protestant woman caught in the turbulence of turn-of-the-century America, in the concert staging of “Ragtime.”
(A “concert staging” is not a full production; the actors merely perform the songs.)
Mother is a pivotal role in the Tony-winning musical based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel.
George Takei says there’s a not-so-secret mission — or two — behind the bitingly funny videos and Facebook updates which the “Star Trek” legend posts regularly to his 3.5 million Facebook followers, who grow by 40,000 per week.