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Allegiance is playing at the Longacre Theatre located at 220 West 48th Street. The musical runs two hours twenty minutes with one intermission. It opened on November 8, 2015 and will close February 14, 2016.
The musical premiered in September 2012 in San Diego, California.
George Takei is known for his role Hikaru Suluihelm of USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek.
Lea Salonga won a Laurence Olivier Award for Miss Saigon. She won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Circle Critics Award for Miss Saigon (1991).
Act one takes place in San Francisco, California 2001, Salinas California 1941, Heart Mountain Relocation Center Wyoming/Washington, DC. 1942.
Act two takes place in various places from 1944, 1945 and 2001.
Sam Kimura (George Takei) is strutting around his home in San Francisco (2001) in his Army Uniform from World War II. He is surprised it still fits. There is a knock at his door and the women there informs him his sister has died. She said she has something for him from his sister Kim Kimura (Lea Salonga). He refuses it telling her he hasn’t seen his sister in fifty years. Sam has a change of heart and takes the envelope. Taking the envelope brings a rush of memories long forgotten.
It’s now 1941 and young Sam (Telly Leung) and his sister Kei live on a farm in Salinas, California. Their father Tatsuo (Christopher Nomura) owns the profitable farm. His wife died giving birth to Sam. Kei said she is the one who raised him. The family gets along with their neighbors.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, things change. All of the Japanese in the Western United States are told they have to leave their homes and are only allowed to take one suitcase. The family is sent to a U. S. internment camp in Wyoming.
Meanwhile in Washington, D. C., the Japanese representative Mike Masaoka (Greg Watanabe)is trying to stop what is going on. One of his ideas is to have American Japanese join the Arm Forces to form a unit to fight the war in Europe. This is to prove their loyalty to the United States.
Over a 120,000 Japanese were sent to the internment camps.
This is the story of what happened to Sam’s family and the people they meet. Kei meets Frankie Suzuki (Michael K. Lee). Frankie has his own ideas on how things should be handle. Sam falls for the nurse Hannah Campbell (Katie Rose Clark). She is there as a nurse but can’t treat any of her patients except the soldiers.
This is a must see musical. It tells you what happened to the Japanese in the United Stated during WW II. I understand the reasoning but still why were they treated the way they were? You will have to see the show and get a history lesson.
The cast does a remarkable job. To point out one cast member and not another would be an injustice. Some have several roles. However Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and Christopher Nomura have the most beautiful voices.
The songs serve the purpose in telling the story but there were not any you will hum leaving the show. However don’t let that stop you from seeing this eye opening show.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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