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Allegiance On Broadway On The Big Screen Review (Videos)

On December 13th across the country fans gathered to see the cinematic release of the Broadway musical “Allegiance”. I was fortunate enough to see this show during the Broadway run at the Longacre Theatre. The story is set in the 1940s in an internment camp at Heart Mountain. George Takei (Sam Kimura/Ojii-san) began this passion project wanting to share the stories of over 120,000 Japanese-Americans who were forced to relocate after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Takei and his family spent four years interned in a camp. Many history books gloss over this part of America’s war plan. As it mentioned a few times in the opening welcome speech and wonderful behind the scenes video that we need to learn from our past so we do not make the same mistakes. With recent political movements the interment of American citizens was brought up again. This story is timely and important to hear. The interned characters in “Allegiance” sing so beautifully we must ‘Gaman’ and carry on as a community.

The cast is phenomenal. Telly Leung (Sam Kimura 1940s) is a strong leading man who showed the pain of trying to figure how to remain loyal to two very different sides. Lea Salonga (Kei Kimura) solos parts were show stoppers. It is amazing to see such a powerful female lead. Michael K. Lee (Frankie Suzuki) is so charming and funny who has the audience laughing and rooting for his character. George Takei making his Broadway debut steals many scenes has the funny Ojii-san, and breaks hearts has the modern day Sam.

The set is perfectly minimalist, lighting and backdrops doing a lot of the work to change the scenes. Frames that look exactly like the ones that would make the cabins the interned families were held in fold and roll off to show what camp life was entailed. The camera work filming the live production was great. The close up reactions they captured on film could never be seen from even the front row of the best theatre. I am very happy I got to see it live first and then this professional closer look.

Recently “She Loves Me” had a similar release, after an on-line stream from BroadwayHD.com. “Newsies” is planning a wide cinematic release in February through Fathom Events, for ticket information visit fathomevents.com. I must also add that ‘Hamilton’ was professionally filmed although Lin-Manuel will not say if there will be a wide release soon.

I hope this momentum continues. Having these amazing pieces of art preserved is a great way to allow people who cannot afford or physical make a trip to New York to be a part of something bigger. It will also allow us to pass on these important stories to the next generation.


George Takei Allegiance Musical Hits Movie Screens Dec. 13th!!!! (Videos)

The hit George Takei and Lea Salonga Broadway musical hits movie theaters around the country on December 13th . Fathom events is hosting a one night showing of the musical at theaters everywhere. 

You can order your tickets to the movie here : ALLEGIANCE 

Here are some videos from the Broadway run : 


My Journey With Allegiance

Tonight on November 10th 2015, I ended my journey with the Broadway show Allegiance The Musical.  I first heard about Allegiance through George Takei on The Howard Stern Show a few years ago. I got to see it in pre-production mode in two very small and intimate theaters in NYC and fell in love with it.  Tonight, I saw the finished product of all those years and it was truly amazing.

What makes Allegiance different than the rest of the other Broadway shows that have come and gone before it, is that they opened up their show to the fans, and showed us pretty much behind the curtain of what goes into creating such a awesome musical. The crew used social media like no show has ever done, creating tons of hype for it all on Facebook and Twitter.  Very few if any shows have ever been so open with the fans as Allegiance has.  When you see it, you feel like you are a part of the family there. 

The show itself, and I don’t want to give too much away here, is about Family , love and the love of a country. I think the story of Allegiance , although taking place in the 40’s during World War II the story is timely as ever, as we are dealing with the discussion of immigrants in this political season.  Lea Salonga is truly sensational in the show, I could listen to Lea sing forever.  Telly Leung does very well in the show too, but the heart of the show belongs to the one and only George Takei, who you can see on stage, has his heart and soul into this project, and it radiates on the stage for all to see.  

Despite its emotional story, you leave the show with a feeling of closure and of love and to witness the endurance of what these people went through because they never gave up hope they always had Gaman…………

For tickets click here : Allegiance


It Takeis Two Episode 1 : Seriously!! (Video)

In this “reality”-series, actor and activist George Takei (Star Trek’s Sulu) and husband Brad Takei navigate their daily lives, from the internet and Broadway to jetpacks and human hamster balls. With a recipe that is one part optimism and one part pragmatism, this dynamic duo overcomes life’s obstacles, reminding us that any great enterprise Takeis Two.