George Takei 'auditions' for 'Sister Act,' 'Spider-Man' ahead of Broadway debut (Video)
George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu in the original "Star Trek" series, is preparing to make his Broadway debut next year, but meanwhile, has put out some "audition" videos for two other musicals - "Sister Act" and "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark."
The 74-year-old actor is set to appear in the 2012 musical "Allegiance" alongside "Miss Saigon and "Les Miserables" actress Lea Salonga, who also provides the singing voice of Mulan and Princess Jasmine in Disney's "Mulan" and "Aladdin" animated films.
Takei, who is known for his sense of humor and parodies, heads the original web series "The Road To Broadway," which sees him taking on the roles of Spider-Man and, in a video released earlier this week, as a nun as he explains why he would be perfect to also star in the Broadway musicals "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" and "Sister Act."
"I want to be in a Broadway musical NOW! As you can see, I've got the whole package. Watch and learn, Peter Parker," Takei says in one clip, which shows him dangling in a harness and later pretends to fight a masked man in an alley.
"Spider-Man, Spider-Man. George Takei should be Spider-Man," he sings to the tune of the comic book franchise's 1960s cartoon series, adding: "Not only do I have great vocals - I've got great insurance."
"Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark," a $65 million musical that features music from U2's Bono and The Edge, been plagued by a series of technical mishaps that have caused injuries to some of its actors. The show has been in previews but is set to open officially on June 14.
In another clip, Takei dons a nun's outfit as he plays "Sister Mary Teriyaki" and pretends to try and audition for "Sister Act," a musical based on the 1992 film that starred Whoopi Goldberg. The actress appeared in the show in London in 2010 and is a producer of its current Broadway production as well.
"I know what you're thinking - isn't Sister Mary Teriyaki a bit mature for the role," Takei says in a video, talking to a woman dressed up as a production worker. He then appears on stage to dance with other nuns and sings a low note, after which a glass shatters in his hand.
Takei appeared on "Star Trek" the original series between 1966 and 1969 as well as in its movies alongside William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk. Takei later voiced characters on "The Simpsons" and "Kim Possible" and guest-starred on shows such as "Heroes" and "Community." He is also a frequent guest on Howard Stern's raunchy radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio.
Check out George Takei's mock audition videos for Broadway below.