By P.C. Staff
New York — “Allegiance,” the Broadway musical inspired by George Takei’s real-life experience in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, will have its final performance on Feb. 14 at the Longacre Theatre, producers announced Jan. 7.
The musical, which stars Takei along with Lea Salonga and Telly Leung, began previews on Oct. 6 and officially opened on Nov. 8. At the time of its closing, “Allegiance” will have played 37 previews and 113 regular performances. Producers have also announced that a national tour and international productions are in the works.
“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,” said the musical’s producers in an official statement. “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.”
“Allegiance” had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in 2012.