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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 (Sammy) 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 alongside George Takei & Lea Salonga in the world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical Allegiance at the Old Globe Theatre. 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 (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) Broadway: Allegiance as Hannah Campbell, Wicked as Glinda the Good and Light in the Piazza as Clara. National Tours: Wicked and Light in the Piazza. Regional Theatre: Long Wharf Theatre- Last Five Years as Cathy Hiatt (2014, winner, Best Actress, Connecticut Critics Circle Award); Prayer for My Enemy as Marianne Noone. Television: “The Good Wife” (CBS), “Live from Lincoln Center Presents: The Light in the Piazza.” 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 Theatre 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 (Frankie) 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.
Aaron J. Albano
AARON J. ALBANO (Ensemble, u/s Sammy) is ecstatic to be continuing this journey with his Allegiance family! Aaron comes directly from the Broadway company of Lincoln Center Theater’s The King and I. Other Broadway credits include Finch in the original company of Newsies and Chip Tolentino in the closing company of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. For more information, visit aaronjalbano.com. Aaron is a proud Equity member of twelve years. Love and thanks to God, his family, and friends.
BELINDA ALLYN (Swing, u/s Hannah) Broadway debut! Credits include: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC), West Side Story (Maria), Disney Cruise Line (Pocahontas, Jasmine, Nala). Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from OCU. What an honor to be a part of this cast and to have the opportunity to tell this incredibly important story! Thanks and love to my family, Danielle, Emily, The Mine, and Dr. Ragsdale. For Mr. Patrick and Grandma.
MARCUS CHOI (Ensemble, u/s Frankie, u/s Mike) New York Theater credits include the Original Broadway companies of Flower Drum Song, Wicked, and The Times They Are a Changin. City Center Encores production of Kismet and Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate. NY workshops of Bruce Lee: Journey to the West and Frank Wildhorn’s Tears of Heaven. Regional productions of Mysterious Skin (Broadwayworld.com Best Supporting Actor nomination), Pippin at East WestPlayers, Dangerous Beauty, and most recently the US premier of Waterfall at Pasadena Playhouse. Most recent guest star and recurring appearances on TV are: TNT’s “The Last Ship,” ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” Disney XD’s “Jessie,” FOX’s “Raising Hope,” Centric TV’s “The First Family,” and USA’s “Graceland.” Film: Syfy’s Sharknado, Disney’s Enchanted, Adopting Terror staring Sean Astin, The Novack Murders starring Rob Lowe, and Netflix’s Project Drew. Please visit Marcus at IMDB.com and marcuschoi.net.
JANELLE DOTE (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut! Theatre credits: Miss Saigon, Flower Drum Song, Avenue Q, Peter Pan, Mulan, and Takarazuka! Film/TV: Memoirs of a Geisha, “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The Young and the Restless.” Training: UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. All my love to Mom, Dad, Jonathan, and Anthony at Stage 9/DDO.
DAN HORN (Ensemble) is thrilled to be part of the telling of this wonderful story. His other Broadway credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, as well as Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway. Regionally he has been seen as Young Morty in First Wives Club: The Musical. Thanks to my family and The Mine for their unending love and support.
Owen Johnston II
OWEN JOHNSTON II (Swing) Broadway Credits: Shogun, the Musical, Rent.
National Tours: Rent, The King & I, Miss Saigon, and 42nd Street. Owen is very excited to begin his journey with the Allegiance family. He has been a resident of Roosevelt Island, in Manhattan, with his wife Bridget and their two sons, Jordan and Noah, for the last 16 years. Owen and Bridget are Co-Executive Directors of The Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, www.mstda.org, as well as Roosevelt Island Music Together. Both are registered Music TogetherTM teachers and offer Music Together classes to the young families on R.I. as well as the CDM KID’s and Roosevelt Island Day Nurseries. Owen received his BA in Theatre and Music from Hunter College in 2011 and is currently working toward his MA in Theatre at Hunter. Thanks to Bridget, Jordan and Noah for making life so wonderful, Barbara; Alex and Yvette at Andreadis Talent for taking my calls; and Stafford and the rest of the creative team for bringing me along for this incredible ride!
DARREN LEE (Ensemble, u/s Old Sam, u/s Tatsuo) has performed on Broadway in Chicago, Guys and Dolls, and in the original companies of Shogun: The Musical, Miss Saigon, Victor/Victoria with Julie Andrews, Kiss Me Kate, On the Town, Seussical, Pacific Overtures, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. His feature film work includes Hackers with Angelina Jolie and Sisters with Amy Pohler and Tina Fey. He also works as a choreographer with shows currently running on Holland America and Disney Cruise Lines. darrenlee.com.
KEVIN MUNHALL (Ensemble) New York theatre credits include Anything Goes (Broadway/Roundabout Theatre Company), Paint Your Wagon and Bells Are Ringing (City Center Encores!), The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall), and Hansel and Gretel (Avery Fisher Hall). He also appeared in the national tour of Dirty Dancing (Johnny Castle u/s). His regional credits include roles at The Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Kansas City Starlight, Music Theatre Wichita, and Tuacahn Center for the Arts. TV credits include “One Life to Live” and “Smash.” University of Michigan. kevinmunhall.com Alláh-u-Abhá!
MANNA NICHOLS (Swing, u/s Kei, u/s Hannah) Broadway Debut! NYC: Tokio Confidential and Allegro. Regional: Miss Saigon (Kansas City Starlight Tour/Walnut St/Fulton), The King & I (Walnut St/North Shore), Les Miserables (Pioneer, Maine State), My Fair Lady (Arena Stage), Guys & Dolls (Goodspeed). OCU Alumna. Love and deepest gratitude to her family, friends, teachers, S. Zegree, BRS/Gage, and Will. MannaNichols.com God is good!
CHRISTÓPHEREN NOMURA (Tatsuo) stands at the forefront of his generation of singers. He has performed throughout the world, hailed as one of classical music’s “rising stars” by the Wall Street Journal. He has earned a prominent place on the operatic, concert and recital stages, appearing with the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, Roger Norrington, Ton Koopman, Paul Goodman, and Jane Glover. He has sung at prominent Festivals in Cartagena, Aspen, Santa Fe, Marlboro, Tanglewood, Ravinia, La Jolla, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Operatic productions have included the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Hawaii Opera, Dallas Opera and Cincinnati Opera. He sang Prince Yamadori in Martin Scorsese’s film of Madama Butterfly, Bernstein’s Mass at the Vatican for the 2000 “Jubilee Year,” the premiere of Philip Glass’ The Passion of Rama Krishna for the opening of Segerstrom Concert Hall, and appearances at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center and as Artist-In-Residence with San Francisco Performances. He makes his Broadway debut in the role of Tatsuo Kimura in Allegiance.
Nomura has recorded for Sony, Dorian, Teldec, London, Denon, Telarc, TDK and L’oiseau Lyre labels. His recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 was nominated for a Grammy. He has been the recipient a Fulbright Grant and winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Naumburg, United States Information Agency Music Ambassadors and the Marilyn Horne Foundation competitions.
RUMI OYAMA (Ensemble) is thrilled to join the Allegiance family! Originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Off Broadway: Sayonara (The Clurman Theatre). Regional and International: The King & I, Miss Saigon, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Bruce Lee: Journey to the West, Bye Bye Birdie, Beauty and the Beast, The Glass Menagerie, and Disney’s The Lion King among others. Much love to my friends and family. Special thanks to Stafford!
AUTUMN OGAWA (Ensemble) made her Broadway debut in Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award winning revival of The King and I starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, directed by Bartlett Sher and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, as the featured Fan Dancer and Dog (The Small House of Uncle Thomas ballet). Regionally, she has performed at The MUNY, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Asolo Repertory Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Diamond Head Theatre, and Hawaii Ballet Theatre. She participated in the pre-Broadway Lab of the new Maltby/Shire musical Behind The Painting directed by Tak Viravan and choreographed by Dan Knechtges. She also recently filmed the independent dramatic adaptation of the award-winning novel by Graham Salisbury Under The Blood Red Sun in the lead role as ‘Mama’ Nakaji. Autumn is a fourth-generation Japanese American, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father was born in Manzanar, the first of ten camps used to intern those of Japanese descent during World War II. She is thrilled to be joining the cast of Allegiance.
MOMOKO SUGAI (Ensemble) is so thrilled to be making her Broadway debut and ecstatic to join the Allegiance family! Past credits: A Chorus Line (Connie; Olney Theatre Center; Helen Hayes Award – Best Musical), Hair (Crissy), Side Show (Snake Lady), Seussical! starring Cathy Rigby (Marshal of the Court), Mary Poppins, The King and I, How to Succeed in Business…,The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia), Nunsense (Amnesia), Once On This Island (Erzulie), and Godspell. Training: Fullerton College – Theatre/Musical Theatre. She would like to thank Todd Eskin and ATB Talent for making her dream come true, her family and Ish for their love and constant support, and her friends for being there every step of the way. Ai, Heiwa.
SAM TANABE (Swing) NYC credits include Red Eye of Love (off Broadway) and Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby; the National Asian Artists Project.) Regional: My Fair Lady and Big River (Sacramento Music Circus), The King and I (Dallas Summer Musicals) and Anything Goes (Coastal Carolina). Sam has also appeared on CBS’s “The Good Wife.” Graduate of Point Park University. SamTanabe.com
ELENA WANG (Ensemble, u/s Kei) has worked in several countries including Australia, London, Singapore, and now the US. Elena has a BA in Musical Theatre under UK accredited Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore) and an MFA in Film at New York Film Academy (Los Angeles). She has worked with artists including Taylor Swift and Shaquille O’Neal and has performed as Melody in Todrick Hall’s OZ the musical with Tori Kelly. Previous to the US, she had the honor of performing in The King and I with Daniel Dae Kim (“Hawaii 5 O”) and Maria Friedman at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Her leading roles such as Ivy in Beauty World and Snow White in Snow White also won Elena ELLE magazine’s Breakout Star of the Year in Singapore. Her most recent work in the US includes the role of Kim in Worldwide Theatricals’ production of Miss Saigon. Elena is extremely excited to be a part of Allegiance.
GREG WANTANABE (Mike Masaoka) is excited and grateful to make his Broadway debut in Allegiance. Off Broadway credits: The Ballad of Yachiyo (The Public) and Golden Child (Signature Theater). Regional credits include the world premiere productions of The Summer Moon (A Contemporary Theater), The Happy Ones (South Coast Repertory Theater; L.A. Drama Critics Circle nomination- Best Featured Performance) and Extraordinary Chambers (Geffen Playhouse, Ovation nomination- Best Featured Actor). Others favorites include Yellow Face (Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company; San Diego Theater Critics Circle nomination- Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play), No-No Boy (adapted by Ken Narasaki). Greg is member of the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, an Asian American comedy troupe.
SCOTT WATANABE (Ensemble, u/s Old Sam, u/s Tatsuo) is thrilled to bring the important history and story of Allegiance to Broadway having performed in the Old Globe Theatre production and the NYC development process. He was featured in the Broadway, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Las Vegas productions of The Phantom of the Opera and was last seen on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre production of Pacific Overtures. NYC Theatre: Oliver! (Mr. Bumble), No-No Boy (Mr. Kumasaka), Candide (Lion). Regional (partial list): Golden Lotus (District Intendant),Miss Saigon (Engineer), Man of La Mancha (Padre), Annie Get Your Gun (Charlie), Dial M for Murder (Captain Lesgate), It’s Only a Play (Ira Drew), Mame (Ito), Pacific Overtures (Kayama), Merrily We Roll Along (Franklin Shepard),The Most Happy Fella (Pasquale), and Paint Your Wagon (Jake) . Participant on the governing Council and proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
SCOTT WISE (Ensemble) is very proud to be a member of the Allegiance cast. This marks Scott’s 14th Broadway show in over three decades. He is the recipient of the 1989 Tony Award for his performance in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway and the Tony Award nominations for his performances in State Fair and Fosse. Scott was also honored with the Astaire Award for his performance in Damn Yankees. Scott has appeared in many movies, music videos and commercials, including The Chicago Movie directed by Rob Marshall and the Whitney Houston video, I Want to Dance With Somebody, choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. On the other side of the table, Scott has choreographed and assisted many Broadway and National tours. He was assistant director/choreographer in Twyla Tharp’s award-winning hit musical, Movin’ Out. Presently, Scott and his wife Elizabeth Parkinson live in Connecticut with their wild-child James Montana Wise. They are co-directors/owners of FineLine Theatre Arts, a full spectrum performing arts school, in New Milford, Connecticut. Scott is also the proud father of Savannah Wise Holds and son in-law Anthony Holds.
ALEJO VIETTI (Costume Designer) Broadway: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (also West End – Olivier Nomination). Selected Off-Broadway: Paint Your Wagon for Encores!, Nightingale (MTC), and Grace (MCC)with Lynn Redgrave; John Patrick Shanley’s Storefront Church, Old Jews Telling Jokes (also Chicago), Tryst, The Last Sunday in June, and The Secrets of the Trade (Primary Stages). Regional credits include Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse); the U.S. premiere of The Witches of Eastwick; and productions at Goodspeed Musicals, Alley Theatre, St Louis Rep, Guthrie Theatre, Hartford Stage, The Old Globe, Williamstown, NY Stage and Film, Arena Stage, and Ford’s Theatre in DC, among others. Opera: Chicago Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Donesk Opera (Ukraine) and Opera Santa Barbara. Other: Colorado Ballet, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus, and Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes (including costumes for the New York Spring Spectacular). TDF Irene Sharaff Young Master Award recipient.
ANDREW PALERMO (Choreographer) Andrew choreographed award-winning productions of The Other Josh Cohen (Soho and Papermill Playhouse), Allegiance (The Old Globe), Ace (The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Nickel Mines (Conceiver/Director/Choreographer, UCI) and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Director/Choreographer, UC/CCM). Select work includes Kristin Chenoweth at Carnegie Hall, The Frank Loesser Songbook with the New York Philharmonic (Lincoln Center), The Mikado (Carnegie Hall), Miss Julie (Geffen Playhouse), Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd Street Y), Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater), Vices (Theatre Aspen), The Aluminum Show (international tour), For The Record with Paul Thomas Anderson (Rockwell, LA), 125th Anniversary Teachers College Gala (The Apollo Theatre), Aida (Music Theater Wichita), Man of La Mancha (Sacramento Music Circus). Andrew (along with Taye Diggs) is the co-founding Artistic Director of dre.dance, a contemporary dance company. An Assistant Professor of Drama at University of California, Irvine, Andrew also specializes in movement classes for children on the autism spectrum, and speaks nationally on the integration of the arts and special needs issues.
LAURA BERGQUIST (Musical Director) Laura conducted National and International Tours of The King and I, Titanic, and Miss Saigon. She is a frequent guest conductor in regional theaters and a clinician in universities. As an ASCAP Award recipient for composition, her personal catalogue includes more than sixty works in print and several recordings. She is currently the Musical Director for Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs, and Jane Austen’s Emma. Regional work as Musical Director and Conductor at Chicago Shakespeare, Cincinnati Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Northlight, Cleveland Playhouse, Rubicon Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, Music Theatre of Wichita, Baltimore Center Stage and The Old Globe. In New York she has music directed numerous reading and workshops for NAMT, New York Stage and Film, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival and performed at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Avery Fisher Hall, and Merkin Hall. Laura maintains a large coaching studio and is regularly called on as a performer and music director. This will be Laura’s Broadway debut!
PETER WOLF (Production Stage Manager) Peter is happy to continue being a part of the Allegiance journey, having been there for several industry readings and labs. Peter’s other credits include: Broadway: Constellations, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Soul Doctor, A Christmas Story, Being Shakespeare at Brooklyn Academy of Music, The People In The Picture, West Side Story, Creditors at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mary Poppins, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Light in the Piazza, Good Vibrations, Prymate, Taboo, Cabaret, Thou Shalt Not, Miss Saigon, Grease, Show Boat, My Fair Lady, The Will Roger Follies, Aspects of Love, and Cats. National Tour: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Ragtime, Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, Bye, Bye Birdie, and Cats. Regional/Off Broadway: The Nutty Professor, Robin and the Seven Hoods at The Old Globe, An American in Paris at The Alley Theatre, the Billy Porter and Stephen Sondheim Project Being Alive at Westport Country Playhouse and The Toxic Avenger.
LYNNE SHANKEL (Music Supervisor/Orchestrator/Arranger) Lynne Shankel has written orchestrations and arrangements for Chita Rivera, the New York Pops, the San Francisco Symphony (featuring Bonnie Raitt), the Dallas Opera Orchestra (featuring George Hearn), Tony Bennett’s famed 80th birthday celebration at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She was music director/arranger for the Broadway production of Cry-Baby, as well as the resident music supervisor for the Tony Award-winning revival of Company, for which she conducted the Grammy Award-nominated cast album. She was music director/arranger for the Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for orchestrations. Lynne received a second Drama Desk Award nomination for her work on The Extraordinary Ordinary (by Paul Loesel and Scott Burkell) in 2010. In 2012, she received the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Orchestrations in San Diego for her work on Allegiance. lynneshankel.com
HOWELL BINKLEY (Lighting Designer) Designs Include: Hamilton, Doctor Zhivago, After Midnight (2014 Tony Award nomination), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2011 Tony Award nomination), West Side Story (2009 Tony Award nomination), Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In The Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Avenue Q, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993 Tony Award nomination). Extensive Regional and dance works include The Joffrey Ballet’s billboards, Alvin Ailey, MoMix, Peter Pucci Plus, Hubbard Street Dance, and ABT, six musicals in repertory for The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration, and the lighting design for pieces at The LaJolla Playhouse, The Alley Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, The Guthrie, The McCarter Theatre, The Hartford Stage, The Old Globe, and The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC. Co-Founder and Resident Lighting Designer for Parsons Dance. Proud recipient of the 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier Award and Canadian Dora Award for Kiss of the Spider Woman and the 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Awards for Jersey Boys.
KAI HARADA (Sound Designer) Designs include Gigi, Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), On the Town (Broadway), Follies (Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nominations), Fun Home (Drama Desk Award nomination), First Date (Broadway), Million Dollar Quartet, Zorro (Moscow, Atlanta), Hinterm Horizont (Berlin), Pirates of Penzance (Portland Opera), She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), First You Dream (Kennedy Center), Rent (5th Avenue Theatre), and Barbie Live! Associate design credits to Tony Meola include A Christmas Carol, Disney’s Der Glöckner von Notre Dame, Kiss Me, Kate, and Wicked. Audio Consultant for Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. Education: Yale University.
ANDREW TREAGUS (Producer) Andrew Treagus has been working in the theatre in the UK for over 50 years. His early years were spent as a stage/technical manager but in 1974 he set up his general management company, Andrew Treagus Associates (ATA). ATA has managed a large number of musicals in the West End of London including A Chorus Line, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Annie, On Your Toes, City of Angels, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Grease!, The Rocky Horror Show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Saturday Night Fever, Pirates of Penzance, Dancin’ and La Cage aux Folles. Andrew was the originating General Manager for the London production of Mamma Mia! and for the last 15 years has been the International Executive Producer for all productions of the show around the world.
JENNY PARSINEN (Associate Choreographer) is also the Associate Choreographer for The Me Nobody Knows (New York). Assistant Choreographer credits include dre.dance, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre, and Annie, Aida, Chicago, and Rent (Illinois). Associate/Assistant Director credits include A Chorus Line (Music Circus) and Paradise (Los Angeles). New York and regional performing credits include Fame on 42nd Street, Annie Get Your Gun, Sweet Charity, Oklahoma!, and a member of dre.dance, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre, and Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble. TV/Film: “CSI,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “One Life to Live,” “As The World Turns,” “Window Shopping,” Meskada. Jenny holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Dance and Drama from the University of California, Irvine.
Truly blessed! Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas (Mahi), Cinderella, Mamma Mia! (Ali). TV: “The Sing-Off.” BS Engineering, USC. Thanks: God, Pa, Ma, Jaydee, BBR, Lims, Bobby, Nene, Scott! catherinericafort.com