Complete casting announced for Allegiance


Producers of the upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance have now announced complete casting.

Joining previously announced cast members George Takei (Sam Otsuka), Tony winner Lea Salonga (Kei Kimura) and Telly Leung (Sammy Kimura) will be Katie Rose Clarke (Hannah Campbell), Michael K. Lee (Frankie Suzuki), Christopheren Nomura (Tatsuo Kimura), and Greg Watanabe (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.

Mr. Takei (making his Broadway debut at 75 years old), Ms. Salonga and Mr. Leung will all be reprising their roles from the world premiere production, which was staged at San Diego's The Old Globe in 2012.

Allegiance is set to begin previews on 6 October 2015, before an official opening on 8 November 2015, at Broadway's Longacre Theatre.

Allegiance features a book by Marc Acito, with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo, and is directed by Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima and produced by Lorenzo Thione and Andrew Treagus.

Synopsis: "Allegiance is inspired by George Takei’s true childhood experiences. 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."

George Takei is best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in the original 'Star Trek' TV series and its accompanying six movies. Other screen credits include 'Larry Crowne,' 'The Great Buck Howard,' 'The Red Canvas,' 'You Don't Mess With the Zohan,' 'DC 9/11: Time of Crisis,' 'The Green Berets,' 'Majority of One,' 'Kissinger and Nixon,' 'Prisoners of the Sun aka Blood Oath,' 'Return From the River Kwai,' 'An American Dream,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'True Justice,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Community,' 'Heroes,' 'Will & Grace,' 'Malcolm in the Middle,' 'Freddie,' 'Scrubs,' 'Grosse Pointe' and 'The Six Million Dollar Man.'

Lea Salonga is perhaps best known for her Tony and Olivier Award-winning performances as Kim in 'Miss Saigon.' She has also played the roles of Eponine in 'Les Misérables' in 1992 and Fantine in 2007. Other Broadway credits include 'Flower Drum Song' and the one-night-only special event 'Something Good.' She is also a judge on the Philippine version of 'The Voice,' as well as the singing voice of popular Disney princesses Jasmine and Fa Mulan in the animated classics 'Aladdin' and 'Mulan.'

Telly Leung is perhaps best known for his TV role on 'Glee' as Wes from 'The Warblers.' He has appeared on Broadway in 'Godspell,' 'Pacific Overtures,' 'Flower Drum Song,' and 'Rent,' and has also been seen off-Broadway in 'The World of Extreme Happiness.'

- by Tom Millward

George Takei in Allegiance