“Alegiance” Heads to the Studio
HEADS INTO THE
ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 7th
ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM WITH MUSIC & LYRICS BY JAY KUO WILL FEATURE TONY® AWARD WINNER LEA ALONGA, TELLY LEUNG, GEORGE TAKEI, KATIE ROSE CLARKE, MICHAEL K. LEE AND THE ENTIRE BROADWAY CAST
New York, NY – Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA are pleased to announce that the new musical Allegiance, with music & lyrics by Jay Kuo, will be preserved with an original cast album to be recorded on Monday, December 7, 2015 at MSR Studios. The recording will be produced by Lynne Shankel & Joel Moss for Sing Out, Louise! Productions. Principal Allegiance cast members Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Katie Rose Clarke and Michael K. Lee will be joined by the entire company for the studio session, which will include original recordings of tracks such as “Wishes on the Wind,” “What Makes a Man,” “With You,” “Stronger Than Before,” and Salonga’s Act One showstopper “Higher,” among many others. The album is scheduled to be released digitally on January 30, 2016. For more information, visit www.AllegianceMusical.com.
Allegiance stars Tony® and Olivier® Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) in her long-awaited return to Broadway joined by “Star Trek” icon George Takei in his Broadway debut at age 78, and Broadway and “Glee” star Telly Leung. Allegiance is the vibrant and unforgettable story of one family’s resilience in the face of seemingly-insurmountable odds, inspired by Takei’s real-life experience as a Japanese American during World War II. Allegiance opened at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street) on Sunday, November 8, 2015.
Allegiance features a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo. Olivier® Award nominee Stafford Arima directs, in his Broadway debut. Andrew Palermo serves as choreographer.
The cast is as follows: George Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San; Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura; Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura; Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christópheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura; and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka. The ensemble will feature Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Toyomi Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Kevin Munhall, Manna Nichols, Rumi Oyama, Catherine Ricafort, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Tony® winner Scott Wise.
Allegiance illuminates one of American history’s lesser known chapters as it tells the story of Sam Kimura (Takei), transported back nearly six decades to when his younger self (Leung) and his sister Kei (Salonga) fought to stay connected to their heritage, their family, and themselves after Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II. An epic story told with great intimacy, Allegiance explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere, and the overwhelming power of forgiveness and, most especially, love.
Recently it was announced that Allegiance would team with Facebook to exclusively roll out the new docuseries ALLEGIANCE: Trek to Broadway, which chronicles the musical’s journey to Broadway. To view episodes of the docuseries, being released in weekly installments, visit: http://trektobroadway.com/.
Lynne Shankel is musical supervisor and also provided arrangements and orchestrations. Laura Bergquist serves as musical director. Scenic design is by Tony® winner Donyale Werle, costume design by Tony® nominee Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Tony® winner Howell Binkley, sound design by Tony® nominee Kai Harada, projection design by Darrel Maloney, wig and hair design by Charles G. LaPointe, and makeup design by Joe Dulude II. Casting by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, C.S.A.
Allegiance is produced on Broadway by Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA Ltd. with Mark Mugiishi/Hawaii Hui, Hunter Arnold, Ken Davenport, Elliott Masie, Sandi Moran, Mabuhay Productions, Barbara Freitag/Eric & Marsi Gardiner, Valiant Ventures, Wendy Gillespie, David Hiatt Kraft, Norm & Diane Blumenthal, M. Bradley Calobrace, Karen Tanz, Gregory Rae/Mike Karns in association with Jas Grewal, Peter Landin, and Ron Polson.