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

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.

67
Absorbing, Cliched, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you're interested in the subject matter and can tolerate some atrocious lyrics and uneven acting in order to see something ambitious.

Don't see it if you can't overcome its flaws to appreciate what works.

82
Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if An important story well told, filled with emotions.

Don't see it if n/a

Also I saw this show at the Longacre Theaater in Feb 2016.

54
Entertaining, Cliched, Ambitious, Dated, Banal

See it if Historical event intrigues you

Don't see it if Dialogue matters

70
Intelligent, Original

See it if you are interested in the history of Japanese Americans during World War II. I learned more about it during this show than I did in hs.

Don't see it if you are looking for a flawless musical. There are definitely some moments that are problematic.

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Cliched

See it if You are looking to understand more about the historical event and impact on Japanese Americans...also to be able to see Lea Salonga!

Don't see it if Political message theater is not your thing

82
Absorbing, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if I learned a lot about the Japanese internment camps. The book and the story were interesting. Lea salanga is very talented.

Don't see it if The music and lyrics were pretty unsophisticated. I thought it should have been a play.

87
Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in an interesting story and American history, you like George Takei or Lea Salonga

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical that breaks from convention. This is a by the numbers conventional musical, including the songs.

79
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if If U want to see George Takei's Bdwy DEBUT then this is your last week to catch his scene-stealing perf. Underused Lea Salonga sings best.

Don't see it if If U r a Repub then the nearly all-Asian cast singing bout the USA's disservice to the 1st generation of Japanese immigrants won't convince

65
Disappointing, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you want to learn more about WWII

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

90
Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if In support of diversity and Asian American experience on stage and to witness Lea Salonga's return and George Takei's debut.

Don't see it if You want to miss an important rarely told tale about the Japanese internment during World war 2.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Original

See it if You love the genre of musical theatre. The show is moving and very intense, but told with skill in the musical theatre genre.

Don't see it if You are looking for something more than standard. While the story is very important, the music and dance is very typical musical theatre.

69
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Refreshing, Original

See it if you are interested in shedding light on one of America's darkest turns in history.

Don't see it if the draw of a new work does not appeal to you.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if are you looking for a story based in history and want to see a few Broadway stars in the flesh.

Don't see it if want a "perfect" show - there are a few moments when it's not just right but it is a beautiful and emotional story.

85
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if amazing true story and great music

Don't see it if depressing not a dry eye in the theater

88
Exquisite, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if See it for george takei and Lea Salonga and Tony Leung. The cast tackles a tough topic through love and music

Don't see it if if you dont want to admit that the US history includes internment camps

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing, Must see

See it if you want to see a heartbreakingly beautiful musical about the internment camps in America during World War II.

Don't see it if seeing a musical about a serious topic is a turn off for you, especially one concerning politics and war.

89
Entertaining, Relevant, Original

See it if You want to learn about Japanese internment camps.

Don't see it if You want the same old thing in Broadway shows.

85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see a well-acted musical that shows an important time in history that no one should forget, lest we repeat our actions.

Don't see it if you don't want to feel things and/or are wearing non-waterproof eye makeup...

79
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like original plays.

Don't see it if don't like plays about casualties of war.

59
Cliched, Disappointing, Relevant, Earnest, Pedestrian

See it if you want to learn about an important part of history, and to see Takei, Salonga and Leung, who are solid. Clarke brings much-needed levity.

Don't see it if you want memorable songs with smart lyrics, or choreography that heightens the story in some way. The staging leaves much to be desired.

61
Cliched, Great acting, Slow, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if If you like a great cast/star trek and relate to Japanese culture.

Don't see it if If you want to see a masterpiece instead of a weak production.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You like history based plays. While none of the songs are really memorable---Lea Salonga (is great as always) & Telly Leung is amazing.

Don't see it if You don't like sad shows about real events. You want a "light" musical.

99
Must see, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You want to be deeply moved by an american story based on a piece of American history many would like to ignore.

Don't see it if you are looking for amazing music or dialogue.

Also The show is far from perfect, but it honestly makes up for that in hea... Read more Read less

75
Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to support theatre trying to tell important stories and a large, talented Asian cast. Lea Salonga. George Takei.

Don't see it if Excluding Mike Masaoka not much of a history lesson. More like Titanic. Stepping stone to the show we deserve. Poor staging choices.


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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