The filmed presentation of the 2015 Broadway musical Allegiance, based on events in George Takei's Japanese-American family during World War II, will return to cinemas December 11. The production, which stars Takei, along with Tony winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Once On This Island) and Telly Leung (currently on Broadway in Aladdin), made its debut in movie theatres around the country December 13, 2016.
In addition to the film of the original Broadway production, Fathom Events will premiere a new documentary, Allegiance to Broadway: The Dream. The Story. The Journey of A Musical., by director/filmmaker Greg Vander Veer, December 4. Watch a teaser for the documentary, which gives audiences an in-depth look into the making of the original musical, above.
After both screenings, audiences will be treated to new footage featuring Takei and the musical’s creative team. Tickets can be purchased at FathomEvents.com and participating box offices.
“At a time when the ugly echoes of fear and racial prejudice once again grow louder, remembering our history becomes critical,” Takei said in a statement. “Pearl Harbor and WWII put our country to the test, and while the nation rose up to the challenge and fought our enemies abroad, sadly we also turned against our own at home and inflicted an injustice that should never be forgotten. It fills me with great pride that audiences will be able to both experience this important story through Allegiance, as well as to get a behind-the-scenes look at the labor of love and the journey that took Allegiance from concept to the Broadway stage in this new, fascinating documentary.”
Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo. Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima directed in his Broadway debut. Andrew Palermo served as choreographer.
The musical officially opened on Broadway November 8, 2015, following previews that began October 6 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre. At closing, the production played 37 previews and 113 regular performances.