The charismatic presence of George Takei has been enjoyed on many stages over the years. He featured on the original Star Trek series and feature films playing Mr. Sulu, the USS Enterprise and was also a prominent voice on the social media as a leading activist for lesbian and gay rights. Now the multitalented Takei is making his Broadway debut in the musical Allegiance. Directed by the award winning Stafford Arima, the musical is inspired by Takei’s childhood experience during the World War II in Japanese-American internment camps. Following a successful run in 2012 in San Diego, Allegiance finally raised its curtains at the Longacre Theatre on November 8, 2015. Opening to rave reviews, fans of quality theatre are rushing for Allegiance tickets.
Allegiance – A Family’s Extraordinary Journey in an Untold American Story
Critics have called story the heart of Allegiance and its main strength. The plot is set in 1941 following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when as many as 120,000 people of Japanese descent were forcibly relocated to internment camps. Despite being US citizens they were uprooted and the story begins from one of those camps called the Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming.
For George Takei, Allegiance is a lot more than just a musical and in an interview before the premiere he revealed a secret that continues to haunt him. His family spent four years behind the barbed wires during the World War II and regarding that Takei recalls a heated discussion with his father once. An idealistic teenager then, Takei was greatly inspired by Marin Luther King and during the intense conversation between father and son, Takei acted out and said “Daddy, you led us like sheep to slaughter, taking us to those internment camps.” He still remembers his father’s reaction, his silence and the way he said “Well, maybe you're right” and going into his bedroom and closing the door. Takei knew he had his hurt father a lot that day and he never got the chance to apologize to him. The artist considers the emotional musical a tribute to his father as well as his apology to him.
The Touching Musical Explores the Power of Love & Forgiveness
Centering on the Kimura family, the son Sammy Kimura along with some friends try to enlist in the war but are humiliatingly turned away. In fact the family is informed that they will be transferred to the relocation center in Wyoming and in the process they lose their farm to an opportunistic neighbor. Living in the virtual prison, young Sammy vows to find their way out and through the surging ballad “What Makes a Man” he sets the example of seeing beyond the race and helping others. His sister Kei is no rebel but she tries to help her family from the unjustness and ends up falling for the camp’s political agitator. The couple adds a bit of lightness to the emotionally heavy plot and their songs breathe a romantic life to the show.
Stafford Arima, music director Jay Kuo and Marc Acito have made sincere efforts to humanize the complex story so that the audience are not overloaded with the political scenarios and also to retain their interest. Through brilliant acting by Telly Leung, Lea Salonga and of course George Takei, the characters bring out the experiences of a small representative group.
The production standards of Allegiance are quite high as everything from the set design to the period-perfect costumes is in proper time frame. Lighting and sound effects match the mood and the use of video projections help in advancing the plot. Get hold of Allegiance tickets to watch the musical’s Broadway premiere – you won’t be disappointed.
Allegiance Tickets Prices
Currently the average price for Allegiance tickets is $46. The date and location for this event is 25-Jan-18 at House Of Blues - Anaheim, Anaheim. The minimum get-in price for Allegiance tickets is $30.
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