The show wants to illuminate a dark passage in American history with complexity and honesty, but the first requirement of any Broadway musical is to entertain. That ballad, while competent enough, is emblematic of the score, by Jay Kuo. There are some exceptions, of course, when the musical takes a lighter turn as a couple of romances begin to blossom. Kei befriends Frankie Suzuki a strong Michael K.
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The story, set during the Japanese American internment of World War II with a framing story set in the present day , was inspired by the personal experiences of George Takei , who stars in the musical. It follows the Kimura family in the years following the attack on Pearl Harbor , as they are forced to leave their farm in Salinas, California and are sent to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in the rural plains of Wyoming. The musical began development in and premiered in September in San Diego , California. It played on Broadway from October to February In the fall of , George Takei and his husband, Brad, were coincidentally seated next to Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione at an Off-Broadway show, where a brief conversation revealed a mutual love of theater. The next day, the four were once again seated together at a Broadway show, In the Heights. At intermission, Kuo and Thione approached Takei, curious as to why he had been so emotionally affected by the father's song "Useless" in which he laments his inability to help his family. Over the course of that intermission, Takei recounted his personal experience as a child in a Japanese internment camp , during World War II, and his own father's sense of helplessness at his inability to protect his family that was mirrored in the song. Kuo and Thione felt that Takei's family's experience would make a great show. The story of the musical takes some liberties with history.
Reviews of Allegiance on Broadway. See what all the critics had to say and see all the ratings for Allegiance including the New York Times and More But darned if it won't get a grip on your heartstrings. The flawed but defiantly moving show, which marks the Broadway debut of beloved Star Trek actor and social media darling George Takei, tackles an underexplored dark chapter in our history: the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. The knowledge that the story was inspired by Takei's childhood hardships in the Japanese-American "relocation centers" of World War II adds significantly to the emotional impact.