STAGE TUBE: Lea Salonga Performs and Discusses ALLEGIANCE
Lea Salonga recently sat down to talk about the musical ALLEGIANCE's inspiring song, "Gaman." The video below also shows the Tony Award-winner and cast singing the song at every stage in the show's process. Check out the interview and performance below!
"The message is of resilience. The message is of hope," Salonga says. "If you keep your head high and endure everything with grace and with dignity, then you will come out on the other side a stronger person."
Producers Lorenzo Thione and Andrew Treagus announced complete casting for Allegiance, a new musical inspired by a true-life story, starring George Takei, Lea Salongaand Telly Leung, set to open on Broadway this Fall at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). Previews begin on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 with opening night set for Sunday, November 8, 2015. As previously announced,Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo. Helming the production is Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima (London's Ragtime, Off-Broadway's Bare, Carrie, Altar Boyz).
Andrew Palermo will serve as choreographer with Lynne Shankel handling music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations. Laura Bergquist serves as musical director. Scenic design is by Tony Award winner Donyale Werle, costume design by Tony Award nominee Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, sound design by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada and hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe. Projection design is by Darrel Maloney. Casting is by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, CSA.
The cast is as follows: George Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San; Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura; Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura; Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura; Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki; Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka. The ensemble will feature Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Autumn Ogawa, Rumi Oyama, Momoko Sugai, Cary Tedder, Elena Wang , Scott Watanabe and Scott Wise.
Tickets are now on-sale on Telecharge.com 212 239-6200.
Allegiance is inspired by Takei's true-life story. Traversing the lush California heartland, the windswept prairies of Wyoming and the battlefields of war-torn Europe, Allegiance tells the multi-generational tale of deep family loyalty, romance, humor, optimism and unparalleled heroism in the face of fear and prejudice against Japanese-Americans during World War II.