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New Broadway Musical Allegiance, Starring Lea Salonga and George Takei, Posts Closing Notice

Allegiance, the new American musical co-starring Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and George Takei — based on events in Takei's family during World War II — will close Feb. 14 after 37 previews and 113 regular performances.

Lea Salonga and George Takei in Allegiance
Lea Salonga and George Takei in Allegiance (Matthew Murphy)

In a statement producers for Allegiance said, "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. 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. Audiences who have experienced Allegiance on Broadway have left the theater transformed, uplifted, enlightened, inspired, informed, and entertained. We remain committed to finding more ways in which the true impact of Allegiance will continue."

Producers also announced a national tour and international productions are in the works.

Allegiance officially opened on Broadway Nov. 8, 2015, following previews that began Oct. 6 at Broadway's Longacre Theatre.

The musical, which is billed as the "vibrant and unforgettable story of one family's resilience in the face of seemingly-insurmountable odds," marks the return of Broadway favorite Salonga, a Tony and Olivier winner for her work in Miss Saigon. The production also boasts the Main Stem debut of "Star Trek" icon Takei, whose life inspired the new musical. The cast also features Broadway and "Glee" star Leung.

Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo. Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima directs in his Broadway debut. Andrew Palermo serves as choreographer. The complete cast comprises Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San, Salonga as Kei Kimura, Leung as Sammy Kimura, Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka with Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Rumi Oyama, Catherine Ricafort, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Kevin Munhall, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Tony winner Scott Wise.

Allegiance, according to press notes, "illuminates one of American history’s lesser known chapters as it tells the story of Sam Kimura (Takei), transported back nearly six decades to when his younger self (Leung) and his sister Kei (Salonga) fought to stay connected to their heritage, their family, and themselves after Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II. An epic story told with great intimacy, Allegiance explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere, and the overwhelming power of forgiveness and, most especially, love."

Lynne Shankel is musical supervisor and also provides arrangements and orchestrations. Laura Bergquist serves as musical director. Scenic design is by Tony Award winner Donyale Werle with costume design by Tony Award nominee Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, sound design by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada and hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe. Projection design is by Darrel Maloney. Casting is by Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, C.S.A.

A cast recording, produced by Shankel and Joel Moss and distributed by Broadway Records/Yellow Sound, is scheduled to be released worldwide Feb. 5.

Allegiance had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012. It is produced by Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA.

The Longacre Theatre is located at 220 West 48th Street. For more information visit AllegianceMusical.com.