Star Trek‘s George Takei will star in Allegiance, a Broadway musical inspired by his experiences in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.
The 77-year-old actor, whose family was forcibly removed to camps in Arkansas and California from 1942 to 1946, told The New York Times the project is a “very, very personal” tribute to his parents. He’s invested a “substantial” amount of his own money into the production, which is expected to cost $13 million.
Allegiance debuted in 2012 at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater with a book by Marc Acito and music by Kuo. Takei has altered some dialogue and scenes in this revival to make the project closer to his experience but left the core message untouched. Although there has been no official casting, the actor shared that Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon) and Telly Leung (the 2011 Broadway revival of Godspell) — both of whom starred in the original production — are in talks to return.
In his Broadway debut, Takei will play a grandfatherly character based on someone he knew in the camps.
Allegiance is scheduled to begin preview performances on Oct. 6, with opening night set for Nov. 8.
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