New Musical About Japanese Internment Stars George Takei and Lea Salonga

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Music and Lyrics by Jay Kuo
Book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione
Directed by Stafford Arima

RUNS: Now – Oct. 21, 2012

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $39.

SYNOPSIS: An epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II starring film and television icon George Takei (“Star Trek”) and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon).

George Takei as Ojii-san in the World Premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical, with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and book by Marc Acito, Kuo and Lorenzo Thione, directed by Stafford Arima, Sept. 7 – Oct. 21, 2012 at The Old Globe. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

Allegiance – A New American Musical is an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II. Sixty years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a chance meeting forces WWII veteran Sam Kimura (television and film star George Takei) to remember his family’s relocation from their California farm to the Heart Mountain internment camp. As they struggle to adjust to their new home, Young Sam (Telly Leung Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Lea Salonga, Tony Award winner for Miss Saigon) find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country. With its moving score, Allegiance takes audiences on a journey into our nation’s history through the eyes of one American family.

CREATIVE TEAM: Marc Acito (Book), Jay Kuo (Music, Lyrics and Book), Lorenzo Thione (Book), Stafford Arima (Director), Andrew Palermo (Choreography), Lynne Shankel (Music Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations), Laura Bergquist (Music Direction), Donyale Werle (Scenic Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Jonathan Deans (Sound Design), Darrel Maloney (Projection Design), Jan Gist (Dialect Coach) Telsey + Company (Casting) and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager).

CAST: Michael K. Lee (Frankie Suzuki), Telly Leung (Sammy Kimura), Paolo Montalban (Mike Masaoka), Paul Nakauchi (Tatsuo Kimura), Lea Salonga (Kei Kimura), George Takei (Sam Kimura, Ojii-san) and Allie Trimm (Hannah Campbell) with Katie Boren, Jon Jon Briones, Geno Carr, Karl Josef Co, Marc de la Cruz, MaryAnn Hu, Brandon Joel Maier, Kürt Norby, Ann Sanders, Jill Townsend, Kay Trinidad and Scott Watanabe (Ensemble) and Jennifer Hubilla and Conrad Ricamora (Swings).

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