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The many worlds of George Takei

Published March 9, 2017 at 12:19 PM PST
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John Rabe outside the the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei" opens Sunday.
John Rabe
John Rabe outside the the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei" opens Sunday.

The remarkable George Takei gets the whole hour. We get an exclusive preview of JANM's new George Takei exhibit, talk with George himself about his life and times and his new role in the Sondheim musical “Pacific Overtures,” hear from "To Be Takei's" director that George is NOT a performer at heart (WTF?!), and hear George and John Rabe sing. Maybe. If there's time.

On the occasion of "'New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei," a new exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum that opens Sunday, I had to speak with George Takei himself about his long life and career.
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