Film and TV star, activist and social media icon George Takei will make his London stage debut at the UK premiere of the Broadway musical inspired by his real childhood experiences, George Takei. Allegianceat the Charing Cross Theater from January 7 to April 8, 2023.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II, California-born Takei and his family were placed behind the barbed wire fences of United States internment camps along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans. He spent years of his childhood at Camp Rohwer in the Arkansas swamps and at the windswept Camp Tule Lake in Northern California. When the war ended, Takei’s family returned to their native Los Angeles. Inspired by this difficult chapter in American history, Takei developed the Broadway musical Allegiancean epic story of love and heroism in which he starred alongside Tony Award winner Lea Salonga and Telly Leung in its record-breaking world premiere at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego in 2012. The show won many awards and was followed by a Broadway. executed in 2015-2016.
Now Allegiance gets a new, more intimate production for the UK, designed specifically for the Charing Cross Theatre’s Off-West End space, directed and choreographed by Tara Overfield Wilkinson.
Joining Takei will be his Broadway co-star Telly Leung (Broadway’s ‘Aladdin’ and TV’s ‘Glee’).
by George Takei Allegiance tells the moving story of Sam Kimura (Takei) as he is transported back almost six decades to the time when his younger self (Leung) and his sister Kei fought to stay connected to their heritage, their family and to themselves after Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II. A powerful story told with great resonance and intimacy, ‘George Takei’s Allegiance‘ explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere, and the overwhelming power of forgiveness and, more specifically, love.
by George Takei Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione, with music and lyrics by Kuo, musical supervision and orchestrations by Andrew Hilton and Charlie Ingles, lighting by Nic Farman, sound by Chris Whybrow and the casting by Sarah Leung Casting.
Takei said: “Allegiance is a story of America’s past, but it has great relevance today. Once again fascism is on the march and entire communities are under attack. Once again, the freedoms that so many take for granted are under serious threat. Allegiance is my heritage. We must learn the lessons of our past in order to never repeat them. That’s why we tell our story. That’s why I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that we collectively honor the “Never Again” pledge.
Additional casting and creative teams will be announced.
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