Find out who joins George Takei and Telly Leung in London stage debut Allegiance Musical
The UK premiere of the 2015 Broadway musical will play a 13-week engagement at the Charing Cross Theatre.
star trekit is George Takei and Aladdinit is Telly Leung, as stated previously, will make their London stage debut at the UK premiere of the 2015 Broadway musical Allegiance– based on the events of Takei’s family during World War II – the next year at Charing Cross Theater.
The intimate production, designed specifically for the Off-West End space, will be directed and choreographed by Tara Overfield Wilkinson. Performances are scheduled from January 7 to April 8, 2023, with an official opening on January 17.
Takei and Leung will recreate the roles of Sam Kimura and his younger self, Sammy, that they originated on Broadway.
The two actors will be joined by the brand new named Aynrand Ferrer (Kim in Miss Saigon in Vienna), also making his London debut as Kei, starring Iroy Abesamis, Mark Anderson, Masashi Fujimoto, Megan Gardiner, Raiko Gohara, Eu Jin Hwang, Hana Ichijo, Misa Koide, Patrick Munday, Rachel Jayne Picar, Sario Solomon , Joy Tan , and Iverson Yabut.
Allegiance, who has a book Marc AcitoJay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo, tells the story of Sam Kimura (Takei) as he is transported nearly six decades back to when his younger self (Leung) and his sister Kei (Ferrer) fought to stay connected to their heritage, family, and themselves after Japanese Americans were unjustly imprisoned during World War II.
Takei said in an earlier statement: “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. Allegianceis 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.
The newly revamped UK production will also include musical supervision and orchestrations by Andrew Hilton and Charlie Ingles, set and costume design by Mayou Trikerioti, lighting design by Nic Farman, sound design by Chris Whybrow, the casting by Sarah Leung Casting, musical direction by Amy Hsu, associate direction by Kirsty Malpass, associate choreography by Misa Koide and assistant musical direction by Beth Jerem.
The musical officially opened on Broadway on November 8, 2015, following previews which opened on October 6 at the Longacre Theatre. At closing, the production played 37 previews and 113 regular performances. Nominated for the Olivier Prize Stafford Arima directed the Broadway arc, which also featured the Tony winner Lea Salonga. Andrew Palermo was a choreographer.
Allegiance was filmed and then shown in theaters and also streamed.
Sing, Louise! Productions is producing the London engagement with production management by New Wolf Productions and general direction by Something for the Weekend.