BWW World Premiere Exclusive! ALLEGIANCE First Listen & First Video Footage
Today, BroadwayWorld is thrilled to present a world premiere exclusive song from the new promotional original cast recording of the highly anticipated new musical ALLEGIANCE, starring Tony Award winner Lea Salonga alongside George Takei and Telly Leung, as well as offer you a sneak peek video preview of the cast recording the album, as well.
"Ain't it grand in paradise?" sing the spirited ensemble in the jaunty, Big Band-influenced "Paradise", an instant-earworm from the varied and exciting score for ALLEGIANCE penned by Jay Kuo, with the musical itself also featuring a book by Lorenzo Thione and Marc Acito, as well as direction by Stafford Arima.
Plus, get a gander behind the scenes of the cast recording sessions in the new footage, too! After all, Broadway is next!
The official description of ALLEGIANCE is as follows: "ALLEGIANCE is an epic story of love, war and heroism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II, following the story of the Kimura family in the weeks and years following Pearl Harbor, as they are relocated from their farm in Salinas, California to the Heart Mountain internment camp in the rural plains of Wyoming. Their story reflects the deep conflicts of a nation and a people divided, as younger brother Sammy strives to prove his loyalty and patriotism, while older sister Keiko comes to resist their internment and treatment by the government. The Kimura's conflicts mirror the larger rift between the Japanese American Citizens League, which urged cooperation with the internment and unwavering loyalty to America, and the draft resisters of Heart Mountain, who steadfastly refused to serve a country that had put them in concentration camps. This universal story sheds new light upon a dark, under-explored, and wrenching chapter of American history. Through the remembrances of Old Sam, the painful past is revisited, and at long last, redemption and understanding begin to heal decades-old wounds. ALLEGIANCE sheds new light upon a dark chapter of American history. One of the first Asian musicals in more than a decade, with a stunning and moving score, ALLEGIANCE connects the audience with universal themes of love, family and redemption."
Of note, ALLEGIANCE had its world premiere at The Old Globe Theater in California in 2012.
For more information of ALLEGIANCE, visit the official site here.
Listen to "Paradise", featuring Michael K. Lee, from the original cast mini-album of ALLEGIANCE below.