"Star Trek" actor George Takei is taking his personal experiences growing up in a detainment camp and bringing them to life in a musical set to open on Broadway later this year.
“Allegiance” is a powerful musical about Japanese-Americans imprisoned during the second world war, pulling from Takei’s own experiences growing up in a detainment camp, and while the musical first aired back in 2012, it is now being brought to Broadway, with previews starting October 6 at a currently unknown Schubert theater.
Takei says the musical is “very, very personal” and hopes that he will be remembered for bringing this issue to light years later.
“I consider this production my legacy project,” Takei said.
Takei has vivid memories of soldiers coming to their doorstep in Los Angeles as a child, forcing his American-born parents to move out of their home. The family was kept in a detainment camp right here in the United States for nearly four years before they were allowed to return to their home.
“I'm always shocked by the number of people I consider to be well informed who, when I tell them about my childhood and growing up behind barbed-wire fences, they are aghast and shocked,” Takei said. “They'd never heard of it.”
“The show’s backdrop is the imprisonment of innocent Americans simply because we looked like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor, but the story is universal – people falling in love, getting married, having a family,” Takei explained. “The musical will find an audience because whether you are white, black, Latino, young or old, people can identify with the idea of family and the stresses put on a family, which in this case were enormous.”
The show’s 2012 premiere was sold out and featured Tony winner Lea Salonga and Broadway star Telly Leung, both of whom are reportedly in talks to reprise their roles on Broadway.