Allegiance, the new musical about family, freedom, love and loss during the Japanese American internment during WWII, will have a spring developmental workshop in New York City in May.
The show,which had its world premiere this past fall at The Old Globe and features music and lyrics by new composer Jay Kuo and a book by Kuo and writing partners Lorenzo Thione and Marc Acito, won the Outstanding New Musical award in San Diego’s Craig Noel Awards. Though no specific dates for Broadway are set, insiders close to the show anticipate a Spring ’14 opening on the Great White Way.
Heading the epic musical are Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Broadway and TV actor Telly Leung, and film/TV icon and Social Media titan George Takei (Mr. Sulu in “Star Trek”), and is helmed by Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima (London’s Ragtime, Off-Broadway’s Bare, Carrie, and Altar Boyz). Also rejoining the cast will be Michael K. Lee who won a Craig Noel Award as well, for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical. Other casting is set to be announced at a future date.
Director Arima previously told Playbill.com in recent days, “Working on a new musical that is not based on any source material (except for a historical event) allows the authors to make changes without being hampered by its source. The creative team has used the six weeks of rehearsal and preview period [at The Old Globe] to its full advantage and have made some exciting changes to the book and score of Allegiance.
“The entire process was filled with an adventurous spirit of change. As exasperating as all the change was, it was equally exhilarating — songs were cut, scenes re-written, characters’ arcs altered, and choreography and staging adjusted all toward the goal of focus and clarity. Change can be scary, but it is necessary in the creation of a new work.”
Here are highlights from the recent production at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, CA.