Follow the journey of Broadway musical, Allegiance as George Takei and the team do everything in their power to open the show on Broadway. Go behind the scenes of this ground-breaking production and follow every aspect of what it takes to open a musical on Broadway.
Also: Watch George Takei recall his childhood on a two-part interview with Metrofocus. He discusses his role on “Allegiance,” which is inspired by his experience at a Japanese internment camp during World War II.
Composer/lyricist, Jay Kuo, spent years writing the score of Allegiance for Lea Salonga specifically. In this episode, we discover that Lea’s schedule leaves her participation in the balance and so the search begins for another actress who may be able to play the leading role of Kei Kimura. The team travels to Los Angeles, California, hoping to discover another once-in-a-lifetime voice.
The marketing and creative team begin to work overtime to tackle all the issues of mounting a ground-breaking production. Photoshoots, creative meetings and design elements start to command everyone’s attention and the team fights to bring all the elements together.
The company of Allegiance has four short weeks in the rehearsal room before moving into the Longacre Theatre. The tension builds as songs, scenes and choreography are all being scrutinized and the collaboration process is put to the test.
Changes to the script, score and staging are thrown at the actors in order to be ready for the first preview on October 6th. Cast member, Greg Wantanabe, reveals what feels so important about bringing this story to life while portraying the real-life head of the Japanese American Citizens League, Mike Masaoka.
Broadway Previews began on October 6 and the cast and crew hustle to make theatre magic. While rehearsing during the day and doing the show at night, the creative team is making changes overnight to get them into what will soon be known as the final version of Allegiance on Opening Night.