George Takei heading off-Broadway in 'Pacific Overtures'

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — "Star Trek" star George Takei is going from Broadway to off-Broadway — he'll next star in a spring revival of "Pacific Overtures" by the Classic Stage Company.

Takei, who was on Broadway last season in "Allegiance," will play Reciter in the Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical to be directed by John Doyle. Performances begin in April.

"Pacific Overtures" tells the story of a samurai and a fisherman who are caught up in the Westernization of the East. In 2002, Takei appeared in a concert production of "Pacific Overtures" at the Loft Theatre in Dayton, Ohio.

"Allegiance," a challenging musical that sets several love stories in a World War II internment camp, was inspired by Takei's childhood.