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George Takei's Big Weekend: VIDEO


Congrats to the fabulous gay man, excellent actor, hilarious Facebook photo-poster, and all-around mensch George Takei on his big weekend. Not only is today the 46th birthday of Star Trek -- the show on which Takei became famous as Mr. Sulu, maybe the first heroic TV role ever given to a Japanese American -- but this is also the first weekend of previews for Allegiance, a new musical by Jay Kuo, Marc Acito, and Lorenzo Thione, in which George Takei stars at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.

From the Old Globe's website:

Allegiance is an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II. Sixty years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a chance meeting forces WWII veteran Sam Kimura (television and film star George Takei) to remember his family's relocation from their California farm to the Heart Mountain internment camp. As they struggle to adjust to their new home, Young Sam (Telly Leung – Godspell, "Glee") and his sister Kei (Lea Salonga, Tony Award winner for Miss Saigon) find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country. With its moving score, ALLEGIANCE takes audiences on a journey into our nation's history through the eyes of one American family.

As it happens, Mr. Takei spent a portion of his childhood in one of the United States' Japanese internment camps. Here you can hear him discuss the experience on PRI's The World. And AFTER THE JUMP, you can hear one of Allegiance's songs and view some photos from rehearsal.

Allegiance officially opens at the Old Globe on September 19th.


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  1. Just FYI, the link to get after the jump is incorrectly coded.

    Posted by: Marcus | Sep 8, 2012 11:27:27 AM

  2. Marcus:

    Thanks. Fixed!

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Sep 8, 2012 11:31:22 AM

  3. This is a story that deserves to be told and seen, if ever there was one. What a shameful episode - and its lessons as as timely today.

    Posted by: ryann | Sep 8, 2012 11:44:20 AM

  4. "Mensch" Is that Japanese? Takei is a treasure.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Sep 8, 2012 11:46:09 AM

  5. @SARGON BIGHORN: No. I think it's Hebrew/Yiddish.

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 8, 2012 12:17:39 PM

  6. The "Japanese Internment" was really Japanese Americans had everything taken away from them and they were put in America Concentration Camps in America. The only difference is the Americans did not put the American Japanese in gas chambers and murder them like Hitler and his Catholic Nazis did during World War II to the Jews and Homosexuals and gypsies in Europe. Note the America Germans were never rounded up and put in German Internment camps. Today the anti-gay Christians are saying and wanting to do the same thing, round up LGBT people and put them in Concentration camps to kill them. If you think it can not happen again you are only fooling yourself. It can and will happen if we do not stop these religious fanatics who are trying to destroy LGBT people any way they can.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 8, 2012 5:37:40 PM

  7. Actually, non-citizen Germans and Italians resident in the US were interned during WWII, but the discrimination against the Japanese was such that native-born Japanese-Americans were interned as well as non-citizen resident Japanese.

    Posted by: Mary in Austin | Sep 8, 2012 10:17:54 PM

  8. That may be for practical reasons.
    If native-born Germans and Italians are interned, Midwest and New York will be empty.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 9, 2012 10:37:01 AM

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