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220 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036
Ended 14 Feb 2016 after 4 months
The show has fully developed characters, a strong cast and a new story to tell in an old-fashioned way. Takei...boldly goes where no man has gone before, at least in popular musical-theater, to tell personal stories from a shameful, marginalized time in our history.
At the grand old age of 77, actor, social media icon and activist George Takei makes his Broadway debut in this incredible story of resilience against racism based on his early experiences. Joining him will be the Tony and Olivier winning musical star, Lea Salonga, who first came to prominence in the original Miss Saigon. After selling out following its world premiere in San Diego, Allegiance, a powerful musical detailing life for Japanese Americans following Pearl Harbour, comes to New York to enlighten and educate us about this often forgotten chapter in our nation's history.
In December 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour. The-then president, FDR issued the infamous Executive Order 9066 in response, which effectively declared civil war upon its Japanese-American citizens who resided on the Pacific Coast. This group were treated with hysteria and fear because they shared the same ancestry as the Japanese bombers. As a result, they were ordered from their homes to desolate, isolated prison camps for months (and in some cases years) and made to prove their loyalty to the United States by living and working in near slavery conditions.
Allegiance follows one such family who are uprooted forcefully from their home and head to one such internment camp in Wyoming. Their lives are torn apart as they each come to terms with the situation and learn the power of redemption, rebellion, forgiveness towards their captors. The story is recounted to a journalist by the now-elderly Sam Otsuka, on the 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harbour attacks. Sam and his sister Kei must balance loyalty to their Japanese family with allegiance to the country where they now live, with mounting pressures of starvation and heavy-handed containment.
Now considered one of homeland America's darkest moments, reparations for the treatment of her Japanese-American citizens were finally addressed in 1952 when Executive Order 9066 was repealed by President Ford, but it wasn't until 1982 that a commission ruled the illegality of the order, and apologized to the survivors, as well as offering compensation.
Previews from: 6 October 2015
Opening night: 8 November 2015
Closing night: 14 February 2016
May not be suitable for younger audience members
Two hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission
images: Matthew Murphy
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