George Takei, best known as Captain Sulu of Star Trek, says it’s been his “lifelong dream” to make it to Broadway. He came close in 1960 when he was invited to audition for a show. But he did not get the part.
“It was a body blow,” says Takei. “Suddenly, New York turned into a cold, heartless city.”
Now in its 15th season, Lincoln Center’s acclaimed series American Songbook will celebrate the best in American singing and songwriting starting January 30, 2013. Opening night belongs to Lea Salonga, who captivated Broadway audiences with her debut in Miss Saigon many years ago and has since become the voice of Disney movie princesses as well as starring in other major musicals.
Salonga has played both Eponine and Fantine on stage in Les Miserables, and in the video below she takes on yet another role. Check out her rendition of ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’!
Icons of Star Trek and Star Wars recently took to the internet arguing that their franchise reigned supreme. When things got personal, George Takei–the only actor who has worked in both–stepped in to broker the peace by identifying a mutual threat.
Tony Award winner and Allegiance’s own Lea Salonga and actor/director Victor Lirio talk about the upcoming concert event for Philippine Development Foundation, Suites by Sondheim, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on November 7, 2011 at 7:30PM.
You probably recognize him as Mr. Sulu… George Takei stopped by 7Live to talk about the impact Star Trek had on society and how his father encouraged him to be engaged in the community (and how to correctly pronounce his name!).
Broadway and TV actor Telly Leung (Rent, Flower Drum Song, Godspell, Glee, Allegiance) answers questions from his Facebook and Twitter fans about his career, his role as a warbler on the TV hit show Glee, and working with George Takei and Lea Salonga on the upcoming Broadway show Allegiance.
International star Lea Salonga, singing voice of Disney’s Princess Jasmine and Mulan and a Tony and Olivier winner for Miss Saigon, answers fan-submitted questions in a contest for LML Music in a promotion for her new album, THE JOURNEY SO FAR.
She also talks about her time in Les Miserables, love of the Yankees, and her current work with ALLEGIANCE, a new Broadway-bound musical.
George Takei takes on the Tennessee Legislature and its “Don’t Say Gay” bill, in the way only George Takei can!
A bill now pending in Tennessee would prohibit teachers in that state from discussing homosexuality in the classroom. The so-called “don’t say gay” law is premised on the misguided belief that, by not talking about gay people, they can simply make us disappear.
On February 13th 2011, George Takei, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Broadway-bound musical Allegiance, delivered an unexpected V-Day surprise to a Japanese American Internment camp survivor….