Allegiance to Preview on Broadway
I am so excited to see a preview of the new Broadway show Allegiance in October! Lea Salonga (voice of Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin and Eponine in Les Miserables), whose voice was so influential to me when I first fell in love with musical theatre, stars as sister of the main character. The story is based on the life experiences of George Takei, famous actor and LGBT activist, whose family overcame great adversity in the face of imprisonment and discrimination against Japanese in the U.S. during World War II. Salonga and Takei are joined by Godspell and Glee star Telly Leung under the direction of Stafford Arima at the Longacre Theatre. Plan on seeing it, and witnessing how Takei gets to apologize to his father years after the latter’s death. You’ll also learn a bit more about the sins of American history and hegemony, and walk away with greater hope and inspiration for the future.