ALLEGIANCE, presented by San Diego's Old Globe, is currently in rehearsals for a workshop to take place in New York City on July 27th and 28th.
Created by Jay Kuo (music, lyrics and book) and Lorenzo Thione (book), the original musical tells the story of a Japanese American family forced into an internment camp during World War II. ALLEGIANCE is directed by Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz, West End premiere of Ragtime) with musical direction and arrangements by Lynne Shankel (Cry-Baby, Company) and choreography by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown).
Tony Award-winning actress Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables), television and film icon George Takei ("Star Trek," "Heroes") and Telly Leung ("Glee," Rent) have all participated in past workshops and are reprising their roles in the workshop. The creative team includes Donyale Werle (scenic design) and David Zinn (costume design).
"It's OK to Be Takei" (http://www.itsoktobetakei.com/) is a response from the actor to a bill pending in Tennessee - the so-called "don't say gay" law - that would prevent teachers from discussing homosexuality. The cast of ALLEGIANCE surprised fellow cast member George Takei by all wearing "It's OK to Be Takei" T-shirts. Check out a snapshot below!
Photo Credit: Allegiance - A New Musical
The cast of the upcoming ALLEGIANCE workshop