Lea Salonga Sets Broadway Return for George Takei's 'Allegiance'
Telly Leung ('Glee') also will continue his role in the production, jumping from San Diego's Old Globe Theatre in the fall.
Lea Salonga is coming back to Broadway.
Producers Lorenzo Thione and Andrew Treagus announced Thursday that the theater vet of Miss Saigon and Les Miserables will return to the Great White Way with Allegiance, George Takei's musical based on his real-life childhood, which tells the story of a family’s love, loss and heroism during World War II, when Japanese-Americans were relocated and interned in camps by order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
With a book by Marc Acito and music and lyrics by Jay Kuo, Allegiance jumps to Broadway after making its world premiere in a record-breaking 2012 engagement at the Old Globe.
Previews will begin Oct. 6 at the Longacre Theatre, ahead of official opening on Nov. 8.
Salonga, a Tony winner who also famously voiced Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin and the title character in Mulan, will reprise her role as Kei Kimura in the fall, when Takei will make his Broadway debut in the dual role of Sam Kimura and Ojii-san. Also joining Salonga and Takei in the musical's move to Broadway is Telly Leung (Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, Rent), who plays Sammy Kimura, Kei's younger brother.
The production is directed by Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima.