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The Brightest Lights on Broadway: George Takei

The legendary actor brings a real-life story to the stage with Allegiance

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It’s been a six-year journey bringing Allegiance to Broadway, but for the show’s creator and star, George Takei, that wait was worthwhile. “It’s been exhilarating and fulfilling,” he says of the new musical, which is based on his own childhood experience in a 1940s Japanese-American internment camp. For director Stafford Arima, working with Takei has been equally rewarding. “George is fearless as an actor,” he says. “He has always been an artist who has come with a full arsenal.” And why wouldn’t he? Speaking about Allegiance, Takei confesses, “This has been my life’s mission.” 

Takei, left, wears shirt by Prada, sweater by Isaia. Watch, pants and shoes, his own.