George Takei and Lea Salonga star in a new musical inspired by Takei's childhood, about a family recovering from the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. More…
Set during the Japanese American internment of World War II, this epic story of love, war, and heroism follows the Kimura family in the weeks and years following Pearl Harbor, as they are relocated from their farm in Salinas, California to the Heart Mountain internment camp in the rural plains of Wyoming.
See it if you love to see all new musicals, whether successful or not. Here, a noble misfire. Subj matter would be better served in a straight play.
Don't see it if you want a strong book/songs. Clunkiness made this feel like a high school production. Uninspired staging. Bad lyrics. Unsatisfying plot.
See it if You want to learn about a side of America most know very little. This show is far from perfect but should be seen!! Some special moments.
Don't see it if You believe we should build that wall that the orange push up pop keeps talking about.
See it if you want to see what happens when an interesting story, which is well worth telling, is not told very well.
Don't see it if you need a show with real character development and well-written lyrics.
See it if You're a fan of George Takei and/or Lea Salonga. You want to see history portrayed on stage. You want a show about social issues.
Don't see it if You don't want social issues on stage. You want a well-defined story. You want to hear great music.
See it if You're very interested in Lea Salonga or learning about the Japanese internment.
Don't see it if You want to see a really well-crafted, groundbreaking musical.
See it if An interesting show about an important era in American history that is not well-known.
Don't see it if You can't handle knowing about an embarrassing page in your county's history.
See it if You like musicals with a message & the sound of 1940s big bands
Don't see it if You don't want to be reminded of questionable moments in history
See it if You love George Takei and Lea Salonga, and if you want to see a relatively fictionalized version of history. It was a feel good evening, tho
Don't see it if You are bothered by historical events being fictionalized very liberally for dramatic effect.
See it if To learn about a neglected time in US history To see how inhuman it is to judge people based blindly on their ethnic background
Don't see it if You like complex ambiguous plays.
See it if you don't subscribe to the theater snobbery that gave this very important, heartfelt show a more tepid welcome than it should have received.
Don't see it if you wouldn't enjoy a sublime Lea Salonga, a heartrending George Takei, and a star-is-born turn by Telly Leung.
See it if you want a lesser known story of US history
Don't see it if you expected to be brought into the realities of Japanese internment-disappointed this somehow didn't connect the significance w/ audience
See it if Rare depiction of the Japanese American struggle to endure racist treatment or to fight for a country that treats you like an enemy.
Don't see it if WWII narrative from interned Americans is too much of a dose of reality.
See it if You don't mind cliche plot, unmemorable songs, George Takei in a tiny role.
Don't see it if You're not a fan of musicals, if you expect an absorbing show with catchy songs
See it if you enjoy the history channel. Surprisingly & beautifully staged, highly emotional, touching (George Takei) & educational, with superb cast.
Don't see it if our history bores you. SO well-done and produced. We're able to learn, feel, empathize, and shake our heads in disgust at the same time.
See it if you are interested in Asian-American history and learning more about this less than exemplary time on our history
Don't see it if you are looking for a big Broadway musical. While enjoyable, this may have worked better as a play
See it if you are looking for a more diverse set of stories on the Broadway stage / you are a Lea Salonga fan
Don't see it if you are expecting greatness or significant originality in your storytelling or music
See it if You'd like to see a production with a biographical theme along with wonderful singing by Lea Salonga and Telly Leung.
Don't see it if You want only entertainment without any historical reference, and do not want to laugh, cry, and hum to some of the catchy tunes.
See it if You want to see a show that explores an often overlooked event in history that is relevant to today.
Don't see it if You want to see a show with a well written book and a unique score. You just want to see a "light" show.
See it if you are of Japanese heritage, are interested in a dark passage in American history, follow Lea Salonga or George Takei, or want to be moved.
Don't see it if you can't overlook bad dialog or insipid music.