After a hugely successful North-American premiere, Cineplex Events brings George Takei’s (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”) Broadway musical Allegiance back to Canadian theatres for an encore on Sunday, February 19 at 6:30p.m. local time. This date is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, known as the Day of Remembrance, which marked the beginning of the forced relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.
Tickets are now on sale for “George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen” can be purchased online by visiting Cineplex.com/Events or at participating theatre box offices. A complete list of theatre locations will be available via the Cineplex Events website (theatres and participants are subject to change). For more information about Allegiance, and direct links to all participating theatres please visit www.AllegianceMusical.com/ movie.
“George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen” will begin with an exclusive introduction from Takei and immediately move into the musical’s presentation. After the feature, audiences will also be treated to behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with George Takei and the rest of the cast and creative team.
· Toronto – Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP
· Vancouver – The Park Theatre
· Halifax – Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane
· Ottawa – Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas
· Calgary – Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas
For showtimes visit Cineplex.com/Events
“At a time when echoes of the interment ring once again far too loud in our political discourse, there’s never been a better moment for the story of Allegiance to find new audiences,” said star Takei. “It is a true testament to the power and the relevance of this story that so many people attended its premiere in December, and it is only appropriate that even more people will be able to witness it on such an important day as February 19, 2017. The Day of Remembrance is a day of commemoration, of reflection, and of learning, and I hope Allegiance can play an important role in its celebration, this year, and for many years to come.”
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 (Telly Leung, Intransit, Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony Award®-winner Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon, Mulan) fought to stay connected to their heritage, their family and themselves after Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II. An important story told with great resonance and intimacy, Allegiance explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere and the overwhelming power of forgiveness and, most especially, love.
“The response from the audience who attended the premiere has been overwhelming. While its Broadway run may have been cut short, the story of Allegiance truly speaks to audiences everywhere and we are honored that its legacy continues, through this encore with Fathom Events and beyond,” said Allegiance producer Lorenzo Thione. “Moreover, we are truly excited that the story, music and message of Allegiance will expand its reach to more people, cities, and even countries, continuing to move, educate and inspire, truly fulfilling George’s legacy.”
Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo. Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima directed in his Broadway debut. Andrew Palermo served as choreographer.
The original Broadway cast comprised Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San, Salonga as Kei Kimura, Leung as Sammy Kimura, Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka with Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen ￼￼￼￼Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Rumi Oyama, Catherine Ricafort, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Kevin Munhall, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Tony winner Scott Wise.
Allegiance had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012. It is produced by Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA.
Allegiance officially opened on Broadway November 8, 2015, following previews that began October 6 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. As of closing, the production played 37 previews and 113 regular performances.