Telly Leung & Lea Salonga
Tony Award® Winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miz) and Broadway’s Telly Leung (Glee, Rent, Flower Drum Song) perform a duet version of Gaman, from the upcoming Broadway musical, Allegiance. ”Gaman” means “to perservere with dignity and fortitude” and was a common phrase and sentiment during the internment years. This performance – held at a private event, in Honolulu, HI, in September 2010, was arranged as a duet; in the current version of the song, the entire ensemble sings.
“Gaman” was used as the theme by George Takei as he led international efforts to raise awareness and emergency relief funds for Japan. Here are links to his personal plea for donations as well as his CNN interview on the quake, tsunami and the spirit of Gaman.
Music & Lyrics by Jay Kuo