Monday, October 25, 2010

Broadway-bound ALLEGIANCE - A New American Musical (Staged Reading) with Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung and Paolo Montalban

George Takei
Lea Salonga
Jay Kuo (Music and Lyrics, Book of "Allegiance")
Telly Leung and Christine Toy Johnson
Paolo Montalban

Jason Tam
Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Flower Drum Song), screen star George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes) and the cast of the new Broadway-bound musical ALLEGIANCE offered a developmental staged reading earlier this evening at the Julia Miles Theater - Women's Project in midtown Manhattan. The photos above were taken after the reading outside the theater. Strong performances were given by the entire cast that also included Telly Leung (Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, Wicked, Rent) who was outstanding as the young Sam Oomura. His powerful rendition of "My Time Now" , probably the most applauded number, closed the first act. Also in the cast were Allie Trimm (13, Bye Bye Birdie), Alan Ariano, Christina Toy Johnson, Michael K. Lee, Philip Hoffman, Sally Wilfert, Paolo Montalban, and Jason Tam as well as Gaelen Gilliland, Raymond J. Lee, Daniel C. Levine, Doan MacKenzie, Ann Sanders, Tally Sessions, Cary Teddor, Anne Fraser Tomas and Kay Trinidad. Allegiance, which is produced by Lorenzo Thione and Sing Out, Louise! Productions, features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and book by Kuo and Thione. The musical focuses on "the story of the Omura family during World War II and the years of the internment of Japanese Americans." According to, Allegiance will hold its world premiere in 2011 at a regional theatre to be announced, with a planned Broadway run in 2012 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Americans in the U.S.
video from quanmansports

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