Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung Set for Reading of Broadway-Bound Allegiance

News   Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung Set for Reading of Broadway-Bound Allegiance Tony winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) and screen star George Takei ("Star Trek," "Heroes") will return to portray the roles of Gloria Suzuki and Old Sam Omura, respectively, in a developmental reading of the new Broadway-bound musical Allegiance, Oct. 25 at the Julia Miles Theatre in New York City.

Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga

The cast will also boast Telly Leung (Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, Wicked, Rent) and Allie Trimm (13, Bye Bye Birdie).

This reading will be directed by Stafford Arima with music direction and arrangements by Lynne Shankel. The cast will also feature Alan Ariano, Christina Toy Johnson, Michael K. Lee, Philip Hoffman, Sally Wilfert, Paolo Montalban, and Jason Tam as well as Gaelen Gilliland, Raymond J. Lee, Daniel C. Levine, Doan MacKenzie, Ann Sanders, Tally Sessions, Cary Teddor, Anne Fraser Tomas and Kay Trinidad. 

Allegiance, which is produced by Lorenzo Thione and Sing Out, Louise! Productions, features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and book by Kuo and Thione. The musical, according to press notes, "tells the story of the Omura family during World War II and the years of the internment of Japanese Americans."

"Allegiance is a major musical about a forgotten part of history,” stated Takei, who spent his childhood in an internment camp in Arkansas, "the first time that the story of the most egregious violation of the U.S. constitution is being told on the national stage."

Allegiance will hold its world premiere in 2011 at a regional theatre to be announced, with a planned Broadway bow in 2012, which marks the 70th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Americans in the U.S.

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