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Allegiance Musical Cast and Crew

Friday Nov. 11 5:30-6:30 PM in International Ballroom A (LP 1)

Allegiance Updated November 8, 2011

The producers and cast of a new musical, Allegiance, starring George Takei, Lea Salonga, and Telly Leung about the World War II Japanese internment experience talk about the project at Pacific Media Expo. Producers Lorenzo Thione and Jay Kuo, along with cast member George Takei and Paul Nakauchi, who plays the patriarch in the production will be at PMX for one day only, Friday, November 11, 2011. George Takei will be present at the Allegiance panel.

THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT! Although the tickets are free to PMX 2011 badge holders, you will need one for assigned seating. THERE IS A LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS for this panel! TICKETING IS NOW OPEN. Click here to get your FREE ticket. You will need your web registration code to begin.

Win two photographs signed by Allegiance cast member George Takei! Upon entering the room for this panel, you will receive a raffle ticket. At the end of the panel, we will pick two winners. One ticket per person. PMX Staff and Volunteers are ineligible to receive raffle tickets.

BIOS

George Takei
George Takei With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is best known for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise. Takei starred in three seasons of Star Trek and later reprised his iconic role in six movies and several video games.

More recently, Takei won over a new generation of fans with his recurring guest role on the sci-fi drama Heroes as Kaito Nakamura, the father of time traveler Hiro Nakamura. In July 2009 and February and October 2010, Takei and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga participated in readings of Allegiance in Los Angeles and New York.

Takei has joined the cast of Nickelodeon's brand-new live-action comedy series, Supah Ninjas!, which premiered in April 2011. He recently starred in the new film Larry Crowne opposite Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, released theatrically nationwide in July 2011 by Universal Pictures. Takei has also lent his voiceover talent to hundreds of characters in film, television, video games and commercials including Mulan, Mulan II, The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Smurfs and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Adding to his body of work, Takei has also provided narration on many projects including the 2009 PBS series The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the 2006 Peabody Award-winning radio documentary Crossing East, centered on the history of Asian American immigration to the United States, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (cassette), which garnered the performer a 1987 Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording.

Jay Kuo
Composer, Lyricist, Book Writer
Allegiance is Kuo's fourth musical. His composing career began at Stanford, where he wrote and produced Upwardly Mobile, a story of five friends coming of age. Kuoís second musical, Insignificant Others, played from 2006-2008 in San Francisco at New Conservatory Theatre Center, Zeum and Theatre 39 and won a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Original Script.

His third work, Worlds Apart, about star-crossed lovers in a cultural divide, performed in concert at San Francisco's Magic Theatre in late 2006 and in New York City at New World Stages in 2008. In addition to composing, Kuo is a Broadway producer (Catch Me If You Can, American Idiot, Slavaís Snowshow). Kuo is also a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley and a member of the California Bar.

Lorenzo Thione

Lorenzo Thione has been a part of the producing team of numerous productions on and off Broadway, which include Slavaís Snowshow (Tony Nomination), American Idiot (Tony Nomination), Elling, and Catch Me If You Can (Tony Nomination). As the producer for Allegiance, Thione brings a fresh and creative perspective to the challenges of theater production, drawing from his experience as startup entrepreneur and social media and marketing expert.

Thione is the cofounder of Powerset, Inc., an innovative search startup founded in 2005 with the vision of bringing to consumers a more natural and effective type of internet search than conventional keyword search. Microsoft Corp. acquired Powerset in 2008 to complement and innovate its own search engine, LiveSearch, and subsequently relaunched it as Bing. A dedicated community activist, having cofounded and helped grow StartOut, a national non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and developing entrepreneurship within the LGBT community, Thione serves also on the board of trustees of American Conservatory Theater and of Reason To Party, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of underserved Bay Area residents by raising money for charity groups through events held in collaboration with local businesses. A native of Milan, Italy, Thione is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He is a named inventor on over 30 patents in the U.S. and worldwide.

Paul Nakauchi
The son of camp survivors, Paulís Nisei parents eventually settled in Los Angeles, where he attended college and graduated with a degree in music. His theater career began in the national tour of the King and I with Yul Brynner. He has since understudied and performed the role of the King on Broadway in the 1996 revival opposite Donna Murphy, and four years later played the King on the West End with Elaine Paige. Most recently he toured Asia in the Broadway Asia production, of the King and I recreating the same role. He toured the US in the First National of Miss Saigon where he understudied and played the role of the Engineer. His movie credits include The Great Race and The Next Race and has been seen on TV in ER, The Young and the Restless, General Hospital, Saturday Night Live, and Knotís Landing.

He has lent his voice to the animated features Ironman ,Dr. Strange and Alpha and Omega, as well as TV cartoons, Scooby Doo, and Batman and numerous video games. He dedicates his performance to all the internees who suffered in silence because of this great injustice. He hopes with this musical their voices will be heard by a new generation.
 
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