One Family, Indivisible
The Story of Allegiance
The Story of Allegiance
Inspired by the true-life experience of its star George Takei (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”), Allegiance follows one family’s extraordinary journey in this untold American story. A mysterious envelope leads Sam Kimura (Takei) back 60 years to a time when he (played as a young man by Telly Leung — Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga — Miss Saigon, Mulan) strive to save their family from the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Sam enlists in the army to prove the Kimuras’ loyalty, but Kei joins draft resisters fighting for the rights of their people. Their paths take them from the lush farmlands of California to the wastelands of Wyoming to the battlefields of Europe, and their divided loyalties threaten to tear them apart forever. But as long-lost memories are unlocked, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and to recognize the redemptive power of love.
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GEORGE TAKEI (Sam Kimura) is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek. He’s an actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power, star of the upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance, and subject of “To Be Takei,” a documentary on his life and career.
Takei’s acting career has spanned five decades, with more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit.
Inspired by his family’s experience in United States internment camps, Takei developed Allegiance which made its record-breaking world premiere, at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012, winning multiple awards.
Takei shared a Grammy nomination with Leonard Nimoy in 1987 in the Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording category. Takei also received a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame in 1986. And in 1991 he left his signature and hand print, in cement, in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Mashable.com has named Takei the most-influential person on Facebook, where he currently has nearly 8.5 million “likes.” In 2013, Takei won the Shorty Award for Distinguished Achievement in Internet Culture. He has 1.6 million followers on Twitter, and posts on various social media platforms. Later in 2015, Takei will relaunch his personal site, GeorgeTakei.com.
Known across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, in the field of musical theatre. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival.
Lea most recently wrapped touring with Il Divo for the group’s worldwide “A Musical Affair” tour. When not on tour, Lea is a coach on the Philippine version of the hit “The Voice.” Mitoy Yonting, a member of Team Lea, was named the first season winner.
Prior to that, Lea garnered a Craig Noel nomination for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical for her latest work in Allegiance, a production developed by legendary actor George Takei. Allegiance tells the story of a Japanese-American family forced into an internment camp during World War II. The production finished its run at The Old Globe in San Diego in 2012. She was also seen in God of Carnage in Manila, Philippines and Singapore.
Lea made her debut in the world of Cabaret in 2010, performing a sold out, three week engagement at the Café Carlyle in New York City. She returned to delight audiences in two more multi-week engagements in June 2011 and in May 2013, and released a live version of her 2010 concert “Lea Salonga: The Journey So Far,” her 26th career CD, in August 2011. The CD rose to the #3 spot on iTunes Jazz Charts.
Lea has toured the world performing in sold out concerts in such locations as the Disney Concert Hall, Singapore’s Esplanade, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Bangkok Convention Center, Carnegie Hall, and numerous venues in her hometown of Manila, and in cities such as Vancouver, Sacramento, San Diego, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and San Francisco. She was also the first artist to sell out two shows at BYU’s de Jong Concert Hall since The King’s Singers in 2009.
Many fans of all ages recognize Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II. For her portrayal of the beloved princesses, the Walt Disney Company bestowed her with the honor of “Disney Legend” in August of 2011 along such luminaries as Regis Philbin, Jim Henson (posthumously), and Anika Noni Rose.
She also served as one of the judges of the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant telecast, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The telecast was viewed by over one billion people in more than 100 countries worldwide.
In 2010, she participated in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables to sold out crowds at the UK’s O2 arena. She also dazzled as the hauntingly tragic Grizabella in a limited run of Cats in her hometown of Manila. Lea also teamed up with legendary Grammy winner, Patti Austin, to perform the concert series, ‘Heart and Soul,’ in San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Lea also has continued to celebrate the music of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönerg, the creators of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, by participating in the recurring concert, “Do You Hear the People Sing,” with other renowned artists worldwide. The show, which debuted in 2011 in Indianapolis, has been performed in such cities as Dallas, Ottawa, Shanghai, and most recently as a charity concert event in Manila, raising over 24 million pesos (around $500,000) to build 200 new homes via Habitat for Humanity Philippines for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
Honored with an appointment as a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Goodwill Ambassador in October of 2010, Lea vowed to act as an advocate for the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance initiative led by the FAO. The same year, she also joined forces with Avon as a celebrity judge for Avon Voices, alongside such artists as Fergie, Natasha Beddingfield and Diane Warren, in the first ever global, online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for men and women.
In her 36-year career, Lea has performed for six Philippine presidents (from Ferdinand Marcos to Benigno S. Aquino III), three American Presidents (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush), for Diana, Princess of Wales, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She began her career as a child star in the Philippines, making her professional debut in 1978 at the age of seven in the musical The King and I. She went on to star in productions of Annie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Fiddler on the Roof, The Rose Tattoo, The Sound of Music, The Goodbye Girl, Paper Moon, and The Fantasticks.
Lea began her recording career at the age of ten with her first album, “Small Voice,” which received a gold certification. In addition to performing in musical theater and recordings, she hosted her own musical television show, “Love, Lea,” and also appeared with international acts such as Menudo and Stevie Wonder.
Lea’s big break came when she was selected to play Kim in the megahit musical Miss Saigon in 1989. Given her popularity in the role, she was asked to return in 1999 to close the musical in London and again in 2001 to close the Broadway production.
In 2002, she took on the role of a Chinese immigrant in a reinterpretation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, on Broadway. This was after the reinvented musical had a very successful run at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2001, with Lea playing the lead role and the show garnering multiple wins and nominations, including a nomination for Lead Actress in a Musical for her, from the LA Stage Alliance’s Ovation Awards. The Salonga-led Broadway revival cast album was also a top contender at the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Musical Show Album.
An avid techie and gamer, Lea divides her time between Manila, Philippines and the United States.
TELLY LEUNG (Young Sam Kimura) Telly is a native of Brooklyn, New York. His credits include Broadway’s Godspell, RENT (final Broadway company), Boq in Wicked (original Chicago company), Pacific Overtures, and Flower Drum Song. Television audiences know Telly as Wes, a member of the “Dalton Academy Warblers” in Fox’s hit show “Glee.”
Off-Broadway, he played Pete / Ran Feng in Manhattan Theater Club’s World of Extreme Happiness. Regionally, he starred in the world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical, Allegiance, at the Old Globe Theater. Regionally, he has also appeared at Pittsburgh CLO, the MUNY, and Philadelphia Theater Company. In concert, he has performed to sold-out houses all over the country at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Hollywood Bowl, The Magic Castle, San Francisco’s Feinstein’s At The Nikko Hotel, London’s Hippodrome Casino, NYC’s 54 Below, Tokyo’s La Donna, and San Diego’s Diversionary Theater.
His first solo CD, “I’ll Cover You,” is available on The Yellow Sound Label. He is also the producer of the musical short film, GRIND, starring RENT’s Anthony Rapp (www.grindshortfilm.com). He holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. For more information on Telly, check out TellyLeung.com.
Katie Rose Clarke
KATIE ROSE CLARKE (Hannah Campbell) took over the role of Glinda in the Broadway smash Wicked in 2010, after performing the part for two years in the show’s national tour. While still in college, she was tapped for her Broadway debut as a replacement Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza, which was filmed for the Live From Lincoln Center broadcast on PBS. Her other credits include the Long Wharf Theatre production of Craig Lucas’ Prayer For My Enemy directed by Bartlet Sher and The Last Five Years for which she won a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Actress. Most recently, she played Mary Phagan in a concert version of Parade at Lincoln Center, conducted by Jason Robert Brown. Television: “The Good Wife” (CBS). Film: Maybe There’s a Tree (Independent Film). Katie holds a BFA from Sam Houston State University.
STAFFORD ARIMA (Director) directed the West End premiere of Ragtime, which was nominated for 8 Olivier Awards (including Best Director and Best Musical). Selected work includes: Carrie (Nominated for 5 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical; MCC Theater); Altar Boyz (Best Off-Broadway Musical Outer Critics Circle Award and nominated for 7 Drama Desk Awards); The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout Theatre Company); Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); Candide (San Francisco Symphony); Abyssinia (Goodspeed Musicals); and The Secret Garden (World AIDS Day concert, NYC). Arima was the associate director for the Broadway productions of Seussical and A Class Act. He graduated from York University, where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Creative Work. He serves as Artistic Advisor for the Broadway Dreams Foundation and is an Adjunct Professor at UC Davis and a proud member of SDC. StaffordArima.com
JAY KUO (Music, Lyrics, Book) Allegiance is Jay’s fourth full length musical. At Stanford University, he wrote and produced Upwardly Mobile, a story of five friends coming of age. Jay’s second musical, Insignificant Others, played from 2006-08 in San Francisco and earned a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Original Script. His third work, Worlds Apart, performed in concert at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre and in NYC at New World Stages. Allegiance held its World Premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater where it played to sold out audiences and broke that theater’s 77-year ticket sales record. Allegiance won Best New Musical from the San Diego Theater Critics Circle and will open on Broadway at the Longacre Theater in November of 2015. In addition to composing, Jay has produced several shows on Broadway. Jay is also a graduate of the U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law and is an appellate litigator admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. He has co-authored a best selling memoir and currently is Chief Creative Officer at The Social Edge, a digital publishing and social media company that generates one of the largest sources of traffic on the Internet.
MARC ACITO (Book) makes his Broadway debut with Allegiance. Mr. Acito’s comedy Birds of a Feather won the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play and has been produced by theaters around the country. His novel How I Paid for College won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice; his one-man musical adaptation of that novel debuted at the Hub Theatre and has been optioned by a commercial producer. Other projects in development include Chasing Rainbows, a musical about the adolescence of Judy Garland; and Relativity, a new play about the relationship between Albert Einstein and Marian Anderson. For several years, 12 million listeners heard Mr. Acito’s commentaries on NPR’s All Things Considered. Now a regular contributor to Playbill, he teaches Story Structure to writers at NYU.
LORENZO THIONE (Co-Lead Producer, Book) has been part of the production team of numerous productions on and off Broadway since 2008. His Broadway and Touring credits include the 2008 Broadway production of Slava’s Snowshow and the 2009 Broadway debut Green Day’s American Idiot, both of which were nominated for Tony Awards as best productions in their respective categories, as well as the national tour of Xanadu (all as Associate Producer). As the lead producer of Allegiance, Lorenzo has assembled an experienced and veteran Broadway team, and brings a fresh and creative perspective to the challenges of commercial theatre production. Mr. Thione is an experienced entrepreneur, a product and marketing expert, and is the co-founder and Chief Executive of The Social Edge, an innovative media & digital marketing company that spearheaded the marketing and social media reach for both George Takei’s brand and Allegiance.
DONYALE WERLE (Set Design) is a theatrical set and urban garden designer based in Brooklyn. Broadway: Peter & the Starcatcher (2012 Tony Award), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (2011 Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: Brooklynite (Vineyard), Encores Off-Center: Little Shop of Horrors, The New Brain, The Wild Party, Tick, Tick, Boom!, Faust, Pump Boys & the Dinettes (City Center), The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC), Too Much Sun (Vineyard), The Explorer’s Club (MTC), Broke-olgy (Lincoln Center), The North Pool (Vineyard), BARE (New World Stages), Taming of the Shrew (Theater for a New Audience), Jollyship the Whizbang (Ars Nova).
Other Off-Broadway: Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, PS 122, and Flea. Regional: Somewhere (Hartford Stage), Once on this Island (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Legend of Georgia McBride (Denver Center), Rocky Horror (The Old Globe). Awards: Tony, Obie, Lucille Lortel, Hewes Design Awards and Outer Critic’s Circle & Drama Desk.
Michael K. Lee
MICHAEL K. LEE is thrilled to be reprising the role of Frankie Suzuki, a role which won him the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical for the Old Globe’s production of Allegiance. In recent years, Michael has become one of Korea’s most beloved and in-demand musical actors. He has starred in numerous productions in Seoul, including Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Miss Saigon (Chris), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Tick), Notre Dame de Paris (Gringoire), Amour (Dusoleil), and Gone with the Wind (Ashley). Michael’s Broadway credits include: Miss Saigon (Thuy), Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon Zealotes), Pacific Overtures (Kayama), and RENT. Other international credits: Where Elephants Weep in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; They’re Playing Our Song in Manila, Philippines (opposite Lea Salonga); and A Twist of Fate in Singapore (opposite Laura Michelle Kelley). Favorite American non-traditional star turns include Tommy in The Who’s TOMMY (Seattle Footlight Award for Best Actor in a Musical); Judas and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar; Aladdin in Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular; and Jamie Willerstein in The Last 5 Years. Michael is a proud graduate of Stanford University.