Thursday, 7 January 2016

Allegiance starring Lea Salonga announces Broadway closure

It has been announced that new Broadway musical Allegiance starring Lea Salonga will close next month.

Allegiance will play its final performance at New York City's Longacre Theatre on 14th February 2016 after 37 previews and 113 regular performances, having opened in November 2015.

Producers have revealed that a U.S. and international productions are "in the works".

Directed by Stafford Arima, the cast also includes Wicked legend Katie Rose Clarke as well as George Takei, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura and Greg Watanabe. 

In a statement, producers 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."

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