New musical Allegiance begins previews tonight

The new musical Allegiance starring George Takei and Lea Salonga begins previews this evening at the Longacre Theatre ahead of an official opening on 8 November 2015.

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

George Takei is making his Broadway debut at 75 years old, alongside Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga and Telly Leung who are all reprising their roles from the world premiere production, which was staged at San Diego's The Old Globe in 2012.

They will be joined by 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.

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."

- by Dom O'Hanlon

George Takei in Allegiance