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‘Allegiance’ starring Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and Katie Rose Clarke, ends Broadway Run on February 14

Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

The new American musical Allegiance starring Tony® and Olivier® award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables)“Star Trek” icon George Takei in his Broadway debut at age 78, and Broadway and “Glee” star Telly Leung, will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, February 14, 2016. Performances began at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street) on October 6, 2015 and the production officially opened on November 8, 2015. At the time of its closing, Allegiance will have played 37 previews and 113 regular performances. Producers also announced a national tour and international productions are in the works. Allegiance had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA, 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.”

Telly Leung and the cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Telly Leung and the cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Allegiance is the vibrant and unforgettable story of one family’s resilience in the face of seemingly-insurmountable odds, inspired by Takei’s real-life experience as a Japanese American during World War II.

Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Michael K Lee and cast. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Michael K Lee and cast. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Allegiance features a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Jay Kuo. Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima directs, in his Broadway debut. Andrew Palermo serves as choreographer.

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast is as follows: George Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San; Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura; Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura; Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christópheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura; and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka. The ensemble will feature Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Toyomi Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Kevin Munhall, Manna Nichols, Rumi Oyama, Shea Renne, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Tony winner Scott Wise.

Telly Leung and cast. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Telly Leung and cast. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Michael K. Lee, George Takei and Lea Salonga. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Michael K. Lee, George Takei and Lea Salonga. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Allegiance 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.

allegianceThe Allegiance original cast album, which features music & lyrics by Jay Kuo, was recorded in December at MSR Studios and can be purchased here.

The recording is produced by Lynne Shankel & Joel Moss for Sing Out, Louise! Productions. Allegiance cast members Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Katie Rose Clarke and Michael K. Lee are joined by the entire company for the studio session, which includes original recordings of tracks such as “Wishes on the Wind,” “What Makes a Man,” “With You,” “Stronger Than Before,” and Salonga’s Act One showstopper “Higher,” among many others.

ALLEGIANCE Stars Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung and Katie Rose Clarke at the Performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble

ALLEGIANCE’S Michael K. Lee to Appear on NBC’s LAW & ORDER: SVU on Feb. 3 

Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang and George Takei talk about Broadway’s Allegiance at The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University

Broadway’s ‘Allegiance’ starring George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung, ends run on February 14

Tony Eligibility: ALLEGIANCE’s Lea Salonga​ and Telly Leung are eligible for Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Japan Society presents ‘George Takei: From Barbed Wire to Broadway’ on Jan. 25

‘Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Confinement in World War II’ on view at Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University through May 1

Broadway’s ‘Allegiance’ to Record Cast Album on Dec. 7 

Scott Watanabe makes Broadway Principal Debut as Tatsuo Kimura in ‘Allegiance’ 

Marcus Choi Makes Broadway Principal Debut as Frankie Suzuki at Today’s Matinee of ‘Allegiance’

“Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice” by Lorraine K. Bannai

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and More celebrate opening night of ALLEGIANCE

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and more at the first preview of Broadway’s Allegiance; opens Nov. 8

Photos: Lunch with Tony Winner Lea Salonga and George Takei, Stars of ALLEGIANCE

The Old Globe Production Photos of George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and Paolo Montalban in World Premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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