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George Takei will star in CSC's Pacific Overtures

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The Classic Stage Company has announced that "Star Trek" legend George Takei has been cast as "Reciter" in their forthcoming production of Stephen Sondheim's musical Pacific Overtures, which will begin performances on 5 April 2017.

Pacific Overtures features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by John Weidman and will be directed by incoming CSC Artistic Director John Doyle.

Synopsis: "In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry sailed to Japan on a U.S mission to open up trade relations at any cost. Pacific Overtures tells the tale of a samurai and a fisherman who are caught up in the Westernization of the East."

Additional casting and creative team information will be announced at a later date.

CSC's 2016-2017 season will also include the world premiere of Dead Poets Society (October 2016) and David Ives' farcical comedy The Liar (January 1027).

George Takei recently made his Broadway debut in 'Allegiance.' He 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.'

- by Tom Millward

George Takei

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