Sunday, December 18, 2011

ALLEGIANCE To Open 2012-13 Season at The Old Globe


News from The Old Globe: The theatre will open its 2012-13 winter season with the world premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical. Created by Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo, the original musical tells the story of a Japanese American family forced into an internment camp during World War II. Directed by Stafford Arima (Carrie, Altar Boyz, West End premiere of Ragtime), the production features musical direction and arrangements by Lynne Shankel (Cry-Baby, Company) and choreography by Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, Godspell, South Pacific).
Tony Award-winning actress Lea Salonga (pictured above) (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables), television and film icon George Takei (right) (Star Trek, Heroes) and Telly Leung (below) (Godspell, Rent) will star. The musical will run Sept. 6 - Oct. 20, 2012 with preview performances Sept. 6 –15 and a gala opening night on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7:00 pm.

Allegiance – A New American Musical is an epic story of love, war and heroism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Omura family is relocated from their home in Salinas, California to the Heart Mountain internment camp in the wastelands of Wyoming. Their story reflects a conflicted nation and people divided. Father Tatsuo, a successful store owner, resists their internment; mother Kimiko fears for their future, resigned to their fate; older son James volunteers in an all-Japanese American army regiment; and younger son Sam yearns for acceptance in America.

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the authorization and implementation of the internment camps, Allegiance sheds new light upon a dark chapter of American history. With its moving score, Allegiance connects the audience with universal themes of love, family and redemption. The creative team includes Donyale Werle (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design) and Peter Hylenski (sound design).

Tickets are currently available by subscription only at the website HERE, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

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