Creative Team Announced for George Takei-Lea Salonga-Telly Leung Musical Allegiance

News   Creative Team Announced for George Takei-Lea Salonga-Telly Leung Musical Allegiance
The creative team has been announced for the forthcoming new Broadway musical Allegiance, which will star Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, "Star Trek" veteran George Takei and "Glee" star Telly Leung.

Andrew Palermo will serve as choreographer with Lynne Shankel handling music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations. Laura Bergquist serves as musical director. The production will also have scenic design by Tony Award winner Donyale Werle, costume design by Tony Award nominee Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, sound design by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada and hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe. Projection design is by Darrel Maloney.

Casting is by Telsey & Co., Craig Burns C.S.A.

As previously announced, the show will star Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San; Salonga as Kei Kimura; and Leung as Sammy Kimura in the musical about American internment camps for Japanese-Americans on the West Coast during World War II. All three of the lead actors were part of the musical's world-premiere engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

The three stars will be joined by Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka.

The ensemble will feature Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Autumn Ogawa, Rumi Oyama, Momoko Sugai, Cary Tedder, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Scott Wise. Tickets are available via

The show is scheduled to begin previews Oct. 6 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street) prior to an official opening Nov. 8.

Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo. Helming the production is Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima.

Allegiance, which is inspired by Takei’s true childhood experiences, is described as such: "Traversing the lush California heartland, the windswept prairies of Wyoming and the battlefields of war-torn Europe, Allegiance tells the epic multi-generational tale of deep family loyalty, romance, humor, optimism and unparalleled heroism in the face of fear and prejudice against Japanese-Americans during World War II and beyond."

Lea Salonga won Tony and Olivier Awards for her performance in Miss Saigon. She was the first Asian to play Eponine in Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the show as Fantine in the 2006 revival. Salonga, also seen on Broadway in the revival of Flower Drum Song, garnered a Craig Noel nomination for Outstanding Featured Performance in the musical Allegiance at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego.

Telly Leung’s Broadway and national touring credits include Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, Wicked (Boq, original Chicago company), Rent (final Broadway company) and Godspell. He was seen earlier this spring in Off-Broadway's The World of Extreme Happiness.

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