Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Allegiance

From 1,085 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

About the show

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.

2h 30m | Already closed | Longacre Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1085)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining
85
Avg Score

60
Misfire, Important subject, Disappointing, Resonant, Weak script/songs

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.

Also I'm catching up on reviews of shows I saw. Allegiance tried hard, but ... Read more Read less

73
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

51
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You love Lea Salonga or George Takei

Don't see it if you're not a fan of high school-esque productions. The music is not good.

55
Interesting story, Poorly executed

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.

75
Slow, Relevant, Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

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.

76
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Resonant, Original

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.

65
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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.

71
Cliched, Romantic, Entertaining

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.

79
Talented cast telling an important story that ebbs & flows & contains moments of greatness, thought provoking & absorbing

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

50
Cliched, Disappointing, Original, Slow

See it if you want to see George Takei and Lea Salonga onstage.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a predictable story with generic ballads.

81
Delightful, Relevant

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.

77
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Intelligent, Overrated

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

88
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Moving, Underrated

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.

40
Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Disappointing, Excruciating

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

85
Absorbing, Educational, Family-oriented, Great singing, Profound

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.

80
Romantic, Thought-provoking, Lea salonga. <3, Original, Great writing

See it if you love ww2 history and lea salonga and George takei.

Don't see it if you want sad musical.

49
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if Had such high hopes, but ugh! except Lea, of course.

Don't see it if So sorry to say...avoid it.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Delightful

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.

73
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Fascinating history, Informative

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

Also This was a captivating story and gave me great insight into Japanese c... Read more Read less

75
Profound, Thought-provoking, Poignant, Absorbing

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.

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Epic, Profound, Relevant

See it if You are interested in history, or want to feel all the feelings.

Don't see it if You're not in the mood to have your heart stomped on.

98
Original, Great acting, Heartfelt, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you are interested in seeing a wonderful cast telling a heartfelt story. A story which was inspired by true events during WWII.

Don't see it if you are looking for a glitz & glamour, an old school musical with huge dance numbers.

90
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Want to get to know George Takei. Love Lea Salonga. Open to revisiting a bleak period in US history.

Don't see it if America can do no wrong.

73
Ambitious, Original, Relevant, Disappointing

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

89
Thought-provoking, Resonant

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.


November 8th, 2015
"Directed in workmanlike fashion by Stafford Arima, 'Allegiance' has a complicated story to unfold and to humanize. It does a reasonable job of providing a nuanced view of events, the occasional swerve into melodrama notwithstanding…The authors, feeling the responsibility of illuminating this sha...
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November 9th, 2015
"If only the creative team behind 'Allegiance' could have worked such gentle magic with the raw and painful material of history. This well-intentioned but mawkish musical about a family interned after Pearl Harbor tries to balance romance, humor and tragedy, but crumples things badly…There’s a co...
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November 8th, 2015
"Whenever the authors find ways to dramatize the stark humiliations suffered by people who were, after all, loyal citizens of the United States, 'Allegiance' is momentarily effective…But too much of the show is devoted to far-fetched plot twists whose attempts to gin up excitement…'Allegiance' is...
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November 8th, 2015
"The powerful sentiments involved are too often flattened by the pedestrian lyrics and unmemorable melodies, making an unconvincing case for this material's suitability to be a musical…The songs and their platitudinous lyrics lack personality, despite the best efforts of the talented performers…T...
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