Mini-Cast Album of Broadway-Aimed Allegiance, With Lea Salonga, George Takei and Telly Leung, Released Dec. 6
By Adam Hetrick
A mini-cast album of the Broadway-aimed musical Allegiance, starring Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, George Takei and Tell Leung, is released digitally Dec. 6.
Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and book by Mark Acito, Kuo and Lorenzo Thione. An official Broadway opening has not been announced, though producers previously indicated a 2014 Broadway arrival was the goal.
"It is truly exciting to share the incredible talent of our cast and creative team through this preview of Allegiance's moving and sweeping score," co-author and producer Thione told Playbill.com. "It's a taste of what, very soon, Broadway audiences will be able to hear in person and see on stage. In the meanwhile, we hope this music will touch many around the world, joining our over 450,000 Facebook fans in clamoring for our Broadway opening."
The album track listing follows:
"Higher" Performed by Lea Salonga (featuring George Takei)
According to the creators, "Inspired by the true life story of original cast member George Takei, Allegiance tells a powerful and moving tale of family, love, and heroism, set during the sweeping events of World War II.Allegiance follows the struggles and resilience of one family, who, like Takeis, were among the 120,000 Americans of Japanese decent imprisoned behind barbed wire in U.S. concentration camps. Through the power of music and the magic of the stage, Allegiance brings to life a story you've never heard, about a family you will never forget."
Allegiance has dierction by Stafford Arima, choreography by Andrew Palermo (Ace in regional productions, Kristin Chenoweth at Carnegie Hall and The Frank Loesser Songbook with New York Philharmonic) and music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Lynne Shankel (Broadway's Cry-Baby, Off-Broadway's Summer of '42, Vanities, Altar Boyz, Paper Mill's Once On This Island, Off-Broadway's Bare).
Allegiance had its premiere early last fall at the Old Globe in San Diego, CA.
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