By Lia Chang
Producers Lorenzo Thione and Andrew Treagus have announced the complete casting for Allegiance, a new American musical starring George Takei, Tony Award winner Lea Salonga and Telly Leung, set to open on Broadway next season at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). Previews begin on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 with opening night set for Sunday, November 8, 2015.
As previously announced, Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo. Helming the production is Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima (London’s Ragtime, Off-Broadway’s Bare, Carrie, Altar Boyz).
Star Trek’s George Takei will make his Broadway debut as Sam Kimura/Ojii San; with Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura; Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura; 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 includes 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.
Inspired by Takei’s true-life experience, Allegiance is an untold American story spanning from the lush California heartland, to the windswept prairies of Wyoming, to the European battlefields of World War II-a multi-generational tale of one Japanese American family’s love, optimism and unparalleled heroism in the face of unimaginable circumstances.
Tickets will be available as follows: Thursday, May 28th – Tickets will be available to AllegiancePriority Access Pass holders; Monday, June 1st at 10:00 am – Audience Rewards pre-sale begins; Friday, June 5th at 10:00 am- General On-sale tickets. For more information go to www.AllegianceMusical.com
Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.