Sam Tanabe, Grace Yoo, Ron Domingo, Tyler Simahk, Michael Hisamoto and More in SpeakEasy Stage’s New England Premiere of ALLEGIANCE through June 2

SpeakEasy Stage is presenting the New England Premiere of a new version of the acclaimed Broadway musical ALLEGIANCE through June 2, 2018, in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.

Gary Thomas Ng, Grace Yoo, Ron Domingo and Sam Tanabe in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Gary Thomas Ng, Grace Yoo, Ron Domingo and Sam Tanabe in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

Broadway castmember Sam Tanabe stars as Sammy Kimura, with Grace Yoo as Kei Kimura, Tyler Simahk as Frankie Suzuki, Michael Hisamoto as Mike Masaoka, Ron Domingo as Tatsuo Kimura, Gary Thomas Ng as Sam Kimura/Ojii-San and, and Melissa Geerlof as Hannah Campbell.

Grace Yoo and Sam Tanabe in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Grace Yoo and Sam Tanabe in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

The ensemble features Eymard Cabling, Paige Clark (Mrs. Natsumi Tanaka), Elaine Hom, Ryan Mardesich, Ben Oehlkers, Isaac Phaman Reynolds (Sammy u/s), Rachel Wirtz (Hannah Campbell (u/s), Micheline Wu, and Kendyl Yokoyama.

The cast of SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
The cast of SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

Inspired by the true childhood experience of TV/film actor and social media icon George Takei (Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek”), ALLEGIANCE tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events at Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but sister Kei fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, ALLEGIANCE follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

Grace Yoo and Gary Thomas Ng in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Grace Yoo and Gary Thomas Ng in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

This powerful and timely musical features a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione, and music and lyrics by Jay Kuo.

Michael Hisamoto in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Michael Hisamoto in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

SpeakEasy Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault directs the New England premiere of ALLEGIANCE. The artistic team also includes Music Director Matthew Stern and Choreographer Ilyse Robbins.

The cast of SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
The cast of SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

The design team includes Eric Levenson (scenic); Miranda Kau Giurleo (costumes); Daniel H. Jentzen (lighting); Andrew Duncan Will (sound); and Abby Shenker (props).

Ron Domingo, Gary Thomas Ng, Sam Tanabe and Grace Yoo in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Ron Domingo, Gary Thomas Ng, Sam Tanabe and Grace Yoo in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

L. Arkansas Light is the Production Stage Manager. Katie Humbert is the Assistant Stage Manager.

The cast of SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
The cast of SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

Tickets prices start at $25, with discounts for students, seniors, and persons age 25 and under.

Sam Tanabe and Company in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Sam Tanabe and Company in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

For tickets or more information, the public is invited to call the box office at 617.933.8600 or visit www.SpeakEasyStage.com.

Grace Yoo and Tyler Simahk in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Grace Yoo and Tyler Simahk in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Melissa Geerloff and Grace Yoo in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Melissa Geerloff and Grace Yoo in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
The cast of SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
The cast of SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
The cast of SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com

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