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. Kuo’s 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.
LORENZO THIONE (Book) is proud and excited of the World Premiere of Allegiance at the Old Globe, on which he began working in 2008 alongside friend and composer Jay Kuo following an encounter with George Takei, whose experience in the internment camps inspired them to write a musical about this dark and mostly unknown chapter of American history.
Marc Acito is the author of the novels How I Paid for College, which won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, and its sequel Attack of the Theater People. His play Birds of a Feather, which tells the true story of the gay penguins in the Central Park Zoo, received the Helen Hayes Award for the Best New Play of 2012 for its world premiere at the Hub Theatre in Fairfax, Virginia.
Selected work: Carrie (5 Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, MCC Theatre); Altar Boyz (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and 7 Drama Desk Award nominations); Ragtime (8 Olivier Award nominations including Best Director, West End); Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); bare (Off-Broadway, New World Stages); Candide (San Francisco Symphony); The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, Roundabout Theatre Company); The Secret Garden (World AIDS Day concert); A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim (Boston Pops); Guys and Dolls (Paper Mill Playhouse); Abyssinia (Goodspeed Musicals); Bowfire (PBS television special); Broadway Dreams (Los Angeles, Atlanta); Ace (The Old Globe); Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater); and Marry Me a Little (Cincinnati Playhouse). Arima graduated from York University (Toronto) where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Creative Work. www.staffordarima.com
Andrew Palermo is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder (along with childhood best friend Taye Diggs) of dre.dance, an NYC based contemporary dance company. Since its premiere in 2005, dre.dance has earned a reputation for authentically poignant and powerful dancing with performances and residencies in New York City and across the country.
In addition to concert dance, Mr. Palermo maintains a schedule of direction and choreography for stage and screen, with stage credits that include Allegiance (The Old Globe); Kristin Chenoweth at Carnegie Hall; The Frank Loesser Songbook with New York Philharmonic (Lincoln Center); The Mikado (Carnegie Hall); The Other Josh Cohen (SoHo Playhouse); Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y); The Aluminum Show (International tour); V-Day (Urban Stages);
Donyale received a 2012 Tony Award for Peter & the Starcatcher on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (2011 Tony Nomination). Off-Broadway credits include The Explorers Club (MTC), BARE (New World Stages), The North Pool (The Vineyard), Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Public Theater; Lucille Lortel Award, Hewes Design Award), Broke-ology (Lincoln Center Theater), Jollyship the Whizbang (Ars Nova). Regional: Papermill Playhouse, The Old Globe, Two River Theater. Recipient of a 2011 Obie Award. Donyale supports & speaks publicly about sustainable design and is the co-chair of the Pre/Post Production Committee of the Broadway Green Alliance.
Howell Binkley, Lighting Designer: Broadway works include: A Christmas Story, Magic/Bird, Jesus Christ Superstar, How To Succeed… starring Daniel Radcliffe (2011 Tony nomination,) Lombardi, Million Dollar Quartet, All About Me, Memphis, West Side Story (2009 Tony nomination), Guys and Dolls, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In The Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Crybaby, Xanadu, LoveMusik, The Farnsworth Invention, Bridge & Tunnel, Jersey Boys (Tony Award Winner), Steel Magnolias, Dracula, Avenue Q, Golda’s Balcony, Hollywood Arms, The Look of Love, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Minnelli on Minnelli, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1993 Tony nomination/Olivier & Dora winner), Sacrilege, Taking Sides, How To Succeed… with Matthew Broderick, High Society and Grease.
New York: Include works for New York City Opera, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, MCC, Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Irish Rep, The New Group, Cherry Lane, Rattlestick, Soho Rep, Club Thumbed and Ensemble Studio Theatre among others. Selected Regional: Alley Theatre (Over 18 productions), Old Globe Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Longwharf Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Minnesota Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Guthrie, Ford’s Theatre Washington DC, New York Stage and Film, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh Public, Saint Louis Repertory, San Diego Rep, Signature Theatre Washington, Arizona Theatre Company, Goodspeed Musicals, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, 5th Avenue Seattle, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Santa Barbara. Others: Donetsk Opera Ukraine, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Boom’A’Ring. Upcoming: Radio City Music Hall Rockettes Spring Show. TDF Young Master Award Recipient.
His work spans from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to The Beatles ‘LOVE’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘ONE’ in Las Vegas. His Broadway credits include Pippin (Tony Nomination) Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, La Cage aux Folles (Tony and Drama Desk Nomination),Young Frankenstein, The Pirate Queen, Lestat, Taboo, Follies, Seussical, The Music Man, Fosse, Parade, Candide and Ragtime (A number of different awards).
DARREL MALONEY has designed for broadcast, commercials, concerts, film and theatre. His projection and video designs for Broadway include Green Day’s American Idiot (St. James Theatre) and Everyday Rapture (Roundabout). Other projection designs include Surf (Las Vegas), Karen O’s Stop the Virgens (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Masks Outrageous and Austere (Culture Project), Tokio Confidential (Atlantic), The Submission (MCC), One Night With Janis Joplin (Portland Center Stage), SCKBSTD (Virginia Stage), The Elephant Man (Minnesota Opera), as well as lighting & projections for Peer Gynt (La Jolla Playhouse & Kansas City Rep.) www.darrelmaloney.com
Lynne Shankel has written orchestrations and arrangements for the San Francisco Symphony (featuring Bonnie Raitt), Dallas Opera Orchestra (featuring George Hearn) and for Tony Bennett’s famed 80th birthday celebration at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. She was music director/arranger for the Broadway production of Cry-Baby, as well as the resident music supervisor for the Tony Award-winning revival of Company, for which she conducted the Grammy-nominated cast album. She was music director/arranger for the Off Broadway hit Altar Boyz, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Orchestrations.
Broadway/Tours: First Date, Motown, Kinky Boots, Jekyll & Hyde, Annie, Newsies, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Rock of Ages, Wicked, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sister Act, Million Dollar Quartet. Off-Broadway: Nobody Loves You (2nd Stage), Atlantic, MCC, Signature. Regional: La Jolla, Paper Mill. Film: The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Friends with Kids, Joyful Noise, Margin Call, Sex and the City 1 & 2, I Love You Phillip Morris, Rachel Getting Married, Dan in Real Life, Across the Universe. TV: “Smash,” “The Big C.” www.telseyandco.com
MELANIE TOJIO LOCKYER (Assistant Director) is proud to be a part of the Allegiance family. She Co-Directed/Choreographed Les Misèrables at Casa Manana and in Hawaii where she also Co-Dir/Choreographed Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Jenny is proud to be a part of the Allegiance family. She was Assistant Choreographer for the NY-based dance companies dre.dance and Mark Stuart Dance Theatre, as well as regional productions of Annie, Aida, Rent and Chicago. She was also the Assistant Choreographer for the children’s holiday book/DVD Rooftop Hop and a proud member of Donald McKayle’s Étude Ensemble. As a performer, NY and regional credits include Fame on 42nd St., Annie Get Your Gun, Sweet Charity, and Oklahoma!.
LAURA BERGQUIST conducted National Tours of The King and I, Titanic and Miss Saigon. She is a frequent guest conductor in regional theatres and a clinician in universities and churches. An ASCAP Awards recipient for composition, her personal catalogue includes more than sixty works in print and several recordings. Laura’s work as a Musical Director include the World Premiers of Jane Austen’s Emma, Jane Eyre, and Daddy Long Legs. Regional: The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Rubicon Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Northlight Theatre and Theater Works as well as the New York Stage and Film Festival, Julliard, NYMF, MITF and NAMT. She has been on the teaching faculties of Friends University and NYU at Playwright’s Horizon. She resides in New York City with her husband, maintains a large coaching studio and works as a musical director, accompanist and performer. Laura is delighted to be a part of the ALLEGIANCE family. Many thanks to Lynne Shankel.
Brian Bogin (Stage Manager): Broadway: War Horse, The People in the Picture, Elf, The Phantom of the Opera, Good Vibrations, Wicked, Rent, All About Me. Tours: Chicago, Spamalot, Urinetown, Phantom…, The Grinch…, Wicked (Chicago), White Christmas(Boston). Regional: Robin & the 7 Hoods (Old Globe Theatre). Off-Broadway: The Toxic Avenger Musical, WPA Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Primary Stages. Thanks to Peter. Olives Jelly!
PETER WOLF (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: A Christmas Story, The People in the Picture, Mary Poppins, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Light in the Piazza, Good Vibrations, Prymate, Taboo, Cabaret, Thou Shalt Not, Miss Saigon, Grease, Show Boat, My Fair Lady, The Will Roger Follies, Aspects of Love and Cats. National tour: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Ragtime, Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, Bye Bye Birdie and Cats. Off-Broadway: the Donmar Warehouse project of Creditors at BAM, The Toxic Avenger, Penn & Teller: Rot in Hell. Regional: Robin and the 7 Hoods at the Old Globe Theatre, An American in Paris at the Alley Theatre, the Billy Porter and Stephen Sondheim project Being Alive at Westport Country Playhouse.