By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
If you missed George Takei’s Allegiance, the first Broadway musical written by Asian-Americans, about Asian-Americans and starring Asian Americans, get ready for a single night’s performance on December 13th. This time you won’t need a seat in New York City’s Longacre Theatre where it ran from late 2015 to early 2016, only a ticket to the cinema. The play written by Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione was inspired by Takei’s experience as a boy in a Japanese-American internment camp during Word War II and will move from the stage to silver screen. Movie audiences will be treated to an exclusive introduction by Allegiance‘s star George Takei as well as some behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and creators. The play also stars Olivier and Tony award-winning actress Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon), Telly Leung (RENT) and opera baritone Christòpheren Nomura.
Although the play is based on Takei’s real life experience, this tale is entirely fictional. Allegiance looks at all-American boy Sammy Kimura (Leung) and his sister Kei (Salonga) as they are rounded up with father Tatsuo (Nomura) and ailing grandfather (Takei) and placed in an internment camp at Heart Mountain in Wyoming. From behind the barbed wire fence, Sammy wants desperately to prove his loyalty by fighting for Uncle Sam (United States), but Kei and Tatsuo would rather he keep his head down and stay out of the conflict that’s to come.
Tickets for the single performance of George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen will go on sale November 11th at Fathom Events and movie theatres across the US.
Allegiance will screen in over 600 theatres across the United States, to locate a viewing of Allegiance near you, follow this link: http://allegiancemusical.com/article/film-theater-locations/
Video Source(s): Broadwaycom.