Allegiance To Close On Broadway
“This Is Not Over”. While Broadway learned it will lose another show in the next month as the Winter season settles in, the story, lessons and impact of this new musical are only just beginning. The show manages to tell a story that ironically seems to be repeating itself in our every day lives as history echoes itself as new crisis’ and world fears have sparked discrimination, judgement against those different from us and a dividing line among the people of the world. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that the new musical Allegiance will close on Broadway!
Producers announced Allegiance would shutter on Broadway giving the show six final weeks before it closes February 14th, 2016. The show began previews October 6th and officially opened November 8th, 2015 at The Longacre Theatre. When the production closes, it will have played 37 previews and 113 performances. According to producers, a national tour and multiple international productions are currently in the works.
Producers released the following statement regarding the show’s New York closing and still to be determined future saying;
“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 theater goers 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.”
George Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San, Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura and Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura (Pictured Left) lead the cast on Broadway. Other leads include Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka. The ensemble includes 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.
Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima directs the production in his Broadway debut with Andrew Palermo as choreographer. Lynn Shankel is musical supervisor providing musical arrangements and orchestrations. The rest of the creative team includes Donyale Werle as scenic designer, Alejo Vietti as costume designer, Howell Binkley as lighting designer and Kai Harada as sound designer. Charles G. LaPointe provides a hair and wig design with projections by Darrel Maloney. Telsey + Company/Craig Burns, C.S.A. cast the production.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on Allegiance and future productions that surface of the show whether they be national tours or international productions around the world. We congratulate everyone who worked to bring the Broadway production to life after many years on the docks and tell this important story to audiences here in New York. For more information, visit Allegiance’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!