'Allegiance' announces Broadway closing date

George Takei's musical about the internment of Japanese Americans will close on February 14.

Bummer. Allegiance is closing its run on Broadway. The musical, inspired by George Takei's experience in an internment camp during World War II, will play its final performance on February 14.

But it's not all bad news. This isn't the last you'll see of Allegiance. While the show's lights are darkening on Broadway, producers announced a national tour and international production of the musical are in the works.

ALLEGIANCE to Close on Broadway in February; Tour & International Productions in the Works

Allegiance is a multigenerational tale of love, loss and heroism, following one Japanese American family's extraordinary journey through wrongful imprisonment during World War II.

The musical marks Tony and Olivier award-winner Lea Salonga's long-awaited return to Broadway, alongside George Takei in his Broadway debut at age 78 and Glee star Telly Leung. The cast also includes Katie Rose Clarke, Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura and Greg Watanabe.

Previews for Allegiance began at the Longacre Theatre on October 6, 2015 and the show officially opened at on November 8, 2015. When it closes next month, it will have played 37 previews and 113 regular performances. According to producers, by its last show, Allegiance will have been seen on Broadway by approximately 120,000 people.

"Bringing Allegiance to Broadway was not only a labor of love for our entire creative team and this company of extraordinary artists, but it was also a work with deep commitment to social relevance and impact. We are so proud to have brought George Takei's very personal family history to the stage and - in the process - to have surfaced a chapter of history that was painfully unknown to so many.

By its last performance Allegiance will have been seen on Broadway by approximately 120,000 people, a number that eerily echoes the number of Japanese Americans who were directly impacted by the events that inspired our musical, and whose rights were trampled in the name of pure fear and intolerance. We look forward to continuing to share this essential story - more relevant than ever, given today's headlines - and this moving score with theatergoers across the country and around the world for many years to come. Audiences who have experienced Allegiance on Broadway have left the theater transformed, uplifted, enlightened, inspired, informed, and entertained. We remain committed to finding more ways in which the true impact of Allegiance will continue."

If you haven't had a chance to see Allegiance on Broadway yet, get yourself to the Longacre Theatre by February 14. I'm talking to you, Donald Trump! There is a seat there with your name on it. Learn a few things about what happens when a nation gives in to racism, xenophobia and racial and religious profiling.

More here: New Broadway Musical Allegiance, Starring Lea Salonga and George Takei, Posts Closing Notice


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