Decades after he first rose to fame playing Star Trek's Sulu, George Takei, 78, has become an outspoken political activist and social media star. But there's one story he has been waiting his whole life to tell: his early years spent in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. This month he did just that, making his Broadway debut in Allegiance, a musical about his family's experience. "My passion is musical theater," says Takei, "so to be able to bring my life mission together with it has been a dream come true."

 

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