See George Takei’s Broadway Musical Allegiance on the Big Screen

If you missed out on George Takei’s Allegiance during its acclaimed, but brief, Broadway run, Fathom Events is giving you an opportunity to see the musical — that made Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda sob — in a cinema near you!

Starting today, October 26, advanced tickets are now on sale for a one-night-only showing of Allegiance  on December 13 in select cinema houses nationwide.

Inspired by the life of its creator and star George Takei, Allegiance is the culmination of a decades-long dream to tell his story on a Broadway stage. A journey that was captured as part of the documentary To Be Takei, by the way.

And to get you psyched for the theatrical debut of the Broadway musical, here’s the cast of Allegiance joining Lin for a #Ham4Ham performance of the song “Gaman!”

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. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. 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. Legendary performer George Takei(Star Trek, Heroes), who was himself an internee as a child, stars alongside Tony® winner Lea Salonga — (Miss Saigon, Mulan) in this enthralling and epic new musical. But as long-lost memories are unlocked, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and to recognize the redemptive power of love.

4 thoughts on “See George Takei’s Broadway Musical Allegiance on the Big Screen

  1. George said starring in the play was his way of apologizing to his father. In his own words there’s nothing more arrogant than an idealistic teenager, as a teenager he asked his father about their time in the internment camp and accused him of not doing anything about it his father retorted he would have done something if he didn’t have family to protect.

  2. was some drama getting my ticket (thanks carmkie ugh) but once i sat down and the play started, all was good. the men were gorgeous, the women could BLOW and the story was so touching. it was at times too real for my sensitive ass and almost walked out twice and had bring out the tissues. whew! it was an experience. they did not pull their punches man. LOVED IT! hoping that this gets some life later on and people start doing their own productions of Allegiance like they do the wiz, or addams family. its not only a story that needs to told and needs to be heard its just a great great show and love the music. soundtrack? GOT IT!

  3. Because I dont want to be too spoilery this will be

    a relatively short review. Yes I know its a Broadway

    musical but I did see it in the movie theater

    therefore will be referring to it as a movie.

    I loved this film.
    Going in I didnt know what to expect. Was hoping to

    enjoy it and prayed that it would be good and I got

    more than I bargained for.
    The night started out terribly. Printer ran out of

    ink so couldn’t print my ticket but no biggie, just

    use the confirmation number. NOPE. lol the theater

    couldn’t find my purchase in their system.

    Dishearted and angry just as I was about to go home

    I got in the long line of the ONE working kiosk. I

    was already there so what did I have to lose right?
    SUCCESS! I got my ticket just in time to make it

    just as George Takei’s introduction was ending.


    So let’s get the negatives out of the way.
    The production value is pretty low here. Like I said

    earlier I didn’t know what to expect going in but

    with “Broadway musical” in the heading I was

    thinking of something on the level of a “Matilda” or

    a “Lion King”. Instead it came off more like a local

    theater production. Once the show starts this is

    easily overlooked and mostly forgotten but it is

    That literally is the only complaint I have.

    This is not just hyperbole: this film is a spiritual

    awakening. Yes I knew the horrors my brothers and

    sisters faced during this time. I’ve read the

    history texts, seen the documentaries and spoken to

    elders from both Japanese and Japanese-American .

    sides of the fence. Its one thing to KNOW, but to

    witness it happening? To be transported back in time

    and be immersed into the lives of the Kimura family?

    At times it was just too real. They definitely did

    not pull their punches. The language, violence, and

    the conditions of internment camps were so visceral

    I thought about leaving several times in the

    beginning. I was enraged, saddened, in tears BUT I

    was also inspired, filled with hope, and laughed. We

    truly go on a journey with this cast and they all

    deserve to be applauded for their incredible work.
    No asian talent in America Hollywood? See Allegiance

    and be proven wrong.

    Though there are other great characters in the show

    (my favorite being Frankie played by Michael K. Lee)

    who more then get their shine, this really is about

    the Kimura family, in particular siblings Sammy

    (played by Telly Leung) and Kei (played by the diva

    herself Lea Salonga, singing voice of “Mulan” and

    “Jasmine”). Right away I loved Kei and disliked

    Sammy but as the film went on the characters are

    developed to show a duality to their personas. Kei

    isn’t just the doting mother figure for Sammy or the

    sweet compassionate girl we first meet. Nor is Sam

    just a slacker with little respect for his Japanese

    heritage. Through this tragedy they both find a

    hidden strength to compact against the injustice of

    the internment camps and though they are fighting

    for the same thing they both have different views on

    how to win back their freedom. None of these

    characters are simply black and white, another

    reason writers Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo

    Thione should be praised.
    It was brave and thought proking of them to not just

    paint things as “government is evil, japanese

    americans good”. There are those Japanese-Americans

    who formed a resistance, who protested against their

    mistreatment but equally it was shown those who took

    on this burden, who dispite the treatment of them or

    their family stood as proud americans and

    volunteered to fight for a country that had taken

    their homes, land and in some cases their lives.

    They showed how everyone had valid points for the

    stances they made.

    I would be remiss to not mention the music. One

    thing I was hoping to hear were songs in Japanese

    (my favorite singer is Utada Hikaru so sue me lol).

    I get that with “Gaman” and “Ishi Kara Ishi”, both

    which are very inspirational. Though those are the

    two songs that resonated with me the most

    (especially “Ishi Kara Ishi”, which brings me to

    tears every time) its the songs “Do Not Fight The

    Storm” and “Higher” that are the show stoppers. The

    performances both visually and vocally are top notch

    and the stories in the lyrics just ring with so much

    truth. The musical numbers are very subdued with

    only a few having any dance numbers in them, the

    power is in the message in the words. All substance,

    no flash.

    If you can find a way to catch this film or the

    musical live I highly recommend it. And dont forget

    the soundtrack! Now available on Amazon and Itunes.

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