ALLEGIANCE

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Inspired by true events, the Broadway musical Allegiance is the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

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Reviews

Shari Barrett

From my review as my Stage Page column in the Culver City News: The play begins with George Takei taking center stage as Sam Kimura, donning his highly decorated U.S. military uniform to prepare to be “paraded around” in front of the audience on the 50th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. After a brief visit from his niece, his recollections of what led to him and his sister Kei Kimura (Elena Wang, whose lovely soprano voice is featured beautifully in most of the show's score) not speaking to each other for so many years is recounted as the ALLEGIANCE story line, beginning just before the Pearl Harbor attack through their incarceration, ending after the war when decorated hero Sammy returns home to a world turned upside down from the one he left behind.

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Tin Pan L.A.

The musical Allegiance, which had a short run on Broadway from October 2015 to February 2016, is experiencing it's Los Angeles premiere by the East West Players and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center featuring George Takei reprising his original role from the Broadway run. Also reprising their Broadway roles are Elena Wang as Kei Kimura, Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka, Scott Watanabe as Tatsuo Kimura, and Janelle Dote as Executor.

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Steven Stanley

As history lesson alone (one made sadly relevant by recent presidential demands for a Muslim registry), Allegiance merits attention. Though not the brilliant piece of musical theater its subject matter deserves, expect to be standing up cheering by evening's end.

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Ellen Dostal

The musical is a legacy piece for George Takei who was only a child when he and his family were sent to the camps. It was his story that inspired Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione to write Allegiance and for whom they created the central role of Sam Kimura/Ojii-chan. He has played it in all of the previous productions and does so again, with humor and heart, in LA accompanied by several of his Broadway castmates and a capable local cast directed by East West Player's artistic director, Snehal Desai. The performance style is heightened and dramatic, at times a bit overly so, but the ensemble is sincere in its desire to communicate how deeply this story resonates with them.

sweet - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder

The message is vital and clear: Why were these loyal Americans asked to fight for their country while they and their families were subject to intolerable conditions in near-secret homegrown concentration camps? It's a question that could not be more timely as our own nation is dragged into a dictatorship by a bigoted madman edging toward his own Third Reich with the help of his shockingly soulless minions. It's a great reason to support this brave and heartfelt musical which, despite its flaws, will leave you with a new appreciation for what it is we need to battle against with every fiber of decency left in us so nothing like this can ever, ever again happen in our country.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

From my review as my Stage Page column in the Culver City News: The play begins with George Takei taking center stage as Sam Kimura, donning his highly decorated U.S. military uniform to prepare to be “paraded around” in front of the audience on the 50th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. After a brief visit from his niece, his recollections of what led to him and his sister Kei Kimura (Elena Wang, whose lovely soprano voice is featured beautifully in most of the show's score) not speaking to each other for so many years is recounted as the ALLEGIANCE story line, beginning just before the Pearl Harbor attack through their incarceration, ending after the war when decorated hero Sammy returns home to a world turned upside down from the one he left behind.

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Tin Pan L.A.

The musical Allegiance, which had a short run on Broadway from October 2015 to February 2016, is experiencing it's Los Angeles premiere by the East West Players and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center featuring George Takei reprising his original role from the Broadway run. Also reprising their Broadway roles are Elena Wang as Kei Kimura, Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka, Scott Watanabe as Tatsuo Kimura, and Janelle Dote as Executor.

sweet-sour - Tin Pan L.A. - TIN PAN L.A. - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

As history lesson alone (one made sadly relevant by recent presidential demands for a Muslim registry), Allegiance merits attention. Though not the brilliant piece of musical theater its subject matter deserves, expect to be standing up cheering by evening's end.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Ellen Dostal

The musical is a legacy piece for George Takei who was only a child when he and his family were sent to the camps. It was his story that inspired Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione to write Allegiance and for whom they created the central role of Sam Kimura/Ojii-chan. He has played it in all of the previous productions and does so again, with humor and heart, in LA accompanied by several of his Broadway castmates and a capable local cast directed by East West Player's artistic director, Snehal Desai. The performance style is heightened and dramatic, at times a bit overly so, but the ensemble is sincere in its desire to communicate how deeply this story resonates with them.

sweet - Ellen Dostal - BroadwayWorld Los Angeles - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder

The message is vital and clear: Why were these loyal Americans asked to fight for their country while they and their families were subject to intolerable conditions in near-secret homegrown concentration camps? It's a question that could not be more timely as our own nation is dragged into a dictatorship by a bigoted madman edging toward his own Third Reich with the help of his shockingly soulless minions. It's a great reason to support this brave and heartfelt musical which, despite its flaws, will leave you with a new appreciation for what it is we need to battle against with every fiber of decency left in us so nothing like this can ever, ever again happen in our country.

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review