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George Takei To Make Broadway Debut In 'Allegiance' Musical About Japanese-American Internment Experience

02/05/2015 04:22 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016
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"Star Trek" icon and outspoken lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocate George Takei is Broadway-bound.

The 77-year-old star will make his debut on the Great White Way in "Allegiance," a musical about Japanese Americans imprisoned during World War II, the Associated Press reported.

Featuring a score by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito, Kuo and Lorenzo Thione, "Allegiance" weaves dual love stories with a Japanese-American war veteran's memories of his family's time in a Wyoming internment camp.

The show will begin previews on Oct. 6 and open Nov. 8 on Broadway at a yet-to-be-announced Shubert theater.

Takei, who has been attached to the project since its 2012 premiere in San Diego, called the show his "legacy project." The actor spent part of his own childhood in a Japanese-American internment camp with his family.

Check out a clip from San Diego's Old Globe production of "Allegiance" below:

In a 2014 Huffington Post interview, he likened “Allegiance” to “Les Misérables,” in that both musicals grapple with a “very dark chapter” in history.

"Ever since I was in my late teens, trying to raise awareness of the internment of Japanese Americans has been my mission in life," he said at the time. As to how the topic would translate in musical form, he added, "We have big production numbers, uptempo dance numbers that use the idea of internment ironically, as well as heartbreaking love songs ... with a musical, you can hit [an audience] emotionally."

The San Diego run of "Allegiance" also starred Tony Award winner Lea Salonga ("Miss Saigon") and Telly Leung, best known for his stints on "Glee" and in Broadway's "Godspell." No official word on if Salonga and Leung will reprise their roles in New York, but Takei told the AP, "We are working to recreate that."

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