Allegiance—A New American Musical, starring Tony winner Lea Salonga, George Takei and Telly Leung, will kick off the 2012-13 season at the Old Globe in San Diego. The production begins performances September 6 at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Kuo and Lorenzo Thione. Directed by Stafford Arima, Allegiance will play a limited engagement through October 21. The show had previously been aiming for a Broadway run in 2011.
Allegiance is the story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese-American internment of World War II. The musical takes audiences on a journey through a watershed event in U.S. history as seen through the eyes of one American family. On the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a meeting with a young journalist forces WWII veteran Sam Otsuka (Takei) to remember his family’s relocation from their California farm to the Heart Mountain internment camp. As they struggle to adjust to their new home, young Sam (Leung) and his sister Kei (Salonga) find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country.
Salonga won a Tony for Miss Saigon and has appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables, Flower Drum Song and Something Good. Best known as Sulu from Star Trek, Takei’s additional film and TV credits include General Hopsital, Heroes and Kim Possible. Leung’s Broadway credits include Godspell, Rent, Flower Drum Song and Pacific Overtures.
Additionally, the Globe's 2012-13 season will feature David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People (September 29 through October 28), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (November 17 through December 29), George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (January 12 through February 17, 2013) and Tarrell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size (January 26 through February 24). Also set for the season are the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (March 8 through April 14), Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and Kirsten Brandt's adaptation of Henrick Ibsen's A Doll’s House (March 23 through April 21, 2013), Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities (April 27 through June 2) and Bekah Brunstetter's Be a Good Little Widow (May 11 through June 9).