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Near the end of the tunnel

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NEW YORK—Ah indeed, I’ve been in a perpetual state of rehearsal these past few weeks in the city, but since each of these shows that I’ve been practicing for have been so very different from one another, it’s been more fun than anything else.   “Allegiance” is all done (for now anyway … until the [...]

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Why I pledge ‘Allegiance’

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THE AUTHOR with (from left): Telly Leung, George Takei and Paul Nakauchi in “Allegiance”      photo: ALLEGIANCEMUSICAL.COM

I sincerely hope you haven’t grown tired of my stories about the Broadway-bound musical “Allegiance.” We have just begun our third week of rehearsal, and we are all mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted. All that said, our hearts are full, knowing only too well the importance of telling this rarely told chapter of American history.

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In an Empire state of mind

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MICHAEL K. Lee and the author in “Allegiance”

Yes Sir, I am back in New York, my absolute most favorite city in the world. Despite the extreme winter weather that’s been visiting the place, its beauty still remains. Perhaps it’s more than just the novelty of watching the falling snow, but of being a part of the city’s heartbeat and its song.   [...]

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We are family

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Sitting in my apartment with CNN giving us updates on Superstorm “Sandy,” I’m still in a haze over how incredible this “Allegiance” experience has been. Our company wasn’t just cast and crew, but a family, and I shall take all those memories wherever I go. A cast doesn’t always get along so nicely that a [...]

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Time to say goodbye

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It’s hard to believe that nearly three months have passed since our arrival in San Diego and the start of the “Allegiance” rehearsal. It was the middle of summer, with the sun shining every single day in beautiful Balboa Park. We spent the daylight hours indoors, working on what has become quite the show, which [...]

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Uncovering a dark period in US history

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leah

George Takei, our fearless “Allegiance” lead actor, has made it his legacy project to take our musical to Broadway. In interviews, he has been quoted as “very determined” to make that happen. I don’t doubt his persistence one bit—after all, he was the inspiration for the creation of the show.

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‘Swing’: The hardest working theater actor

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MULTI-TASKERS Jennifer Hubilla and Conrad Ricamora at the world premiere of “Allegiance.”

SAN DIEGO, California—The stage musical “Allegiance” is now officially open and is running until Oct. 21 which, by Philippine standards, is quite long.   Each time I get onstage, I hear Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo’s voice inside my head saying, “Haaay, just when you’re ready to open, the run is over!”   Well, Menchu, that isn’t the [...]

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Another opening, another show

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LEA with Telly Leung (formerly of “Glee”) in “Allegiance”-  photo: Henry Dirocco/ Contributor

SAN DIEGO, California— Well, here we are … almost.   It’s Sunday and the entire cast (of “Allegiance”) was called in for a clean-up rehearsal at the theater before the 7 p.m. performance. Our days have been spent this way for the last week and a half: rehearsals during the day, a show at night. [...]

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A rousing welcome at the Old Globe

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“ALLEGIANCE” fans outside the Old Globe Theater. photo:from the Allegiance Facebook page

SAN DIEGO, California—The weekend is over, and our precious day off has finally arrived. Suffice it to say that the cast, crew, creative and production teams of the musical play “Allegiance” are exhausted, able to exist with the help of many cups of freshly brewed strong coffee.   On Sept. 7, “Allegiance” premiered with a [...]

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A taste of ‘tech hell’

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“ALLEGIANCE” cast during sitzprobe. Lea is at the center with Telly Leung, formerly of “Glee.”  FACEBOOK PHOTO

On this sunny Labor Day, I am slumped on the couch, legs tired and brain turned to mush. The first week of technical rehearsals for “Allegiance” are over, and this new American musical premieres Friday at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California.   Technical rehearsals have been referred to as “tech hell.” They [...]

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Hello, theater!

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It’s our first day of technical rehearsals tomorrow afternoon for “Allegiance”—and I can’t wait to get started! It’s the first time that we’ll come face to face with the real sets and put on our 1940s costumes, complete with vintage pieces of clothing truly dating back that far.

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Shaping up to be something special

We are inching closer to the premiere of “Allegiance.” The collaborative process continues, with actors, authors and staff pushing to put this piece together.   The places we’re led to, leading to, and finding ourselves in are all interesting, unnerving, and at times deathly fearsome and nerve-wracking. But this is also what’s invigorating and inspiring [...]

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