EXCLUSIVE: GEORGE TAKEI Talks Broadway's Allegiance Return to Cinema's, His Favorite Memorie


(George Takei Headshot)

Allegiance the Broadway musical which ran at the Longacre Theater on Broadway from October 2015 to February 2016 will be returning to cinemas for a one night only event on December 11th. Prior to the December 11th release, Fathom Events will air a new never before seen documentary called Allegiance To Broadway: The Dream. The Story. The Journey of a Musical.

Ahead of the release, George Takei, who starred in the Broadway musical based on his childhood talked with RyeTheNewsGuy.com about the creation of the show, some backstage memories, what is coming next for it and the re-release in theaters. Check out the exclusive interview below.

For showtimes, theaters and ticket information for Allegiance you can visit the Fathom Events Website and for Allegiance to Broadway tickets, theaters, and showtimes you can visit here.

What was it like bringing Allegiance to Broadway and being able to share the story with people?

Bringing a show like Allegiance about the story of the Japanese American internment had been a lifelong dream of mine. To tell our story, finally, at last, before thousands of theater-goers on Broadway, there is no greater sense of fulfillment. It is such a vital story. Such an important one.

What was one of your favorites memories of the show while on Broadway?

It would have to be opening night. It had taken us seven years to get there. The feeling, stepping out on that stage, on our opening night, nothing prepares you for that sense of wonderment and accomplishment.

How does it feel to have Allegiance back in theaters and for a new group of people to see it who maybe weren’t able to come to Broadway and see the show? Do you think it may open the eyes of some of the people who never knew about this part of American History?

It is the rare show that enjoys the kind of life-after-Broadway that Allegiance has. I feel it is the strength and current resonance of our story that haunts people. So many didn’t get a chance to see it on Broadway, but now it is preserved forever, and available each year to new audiences all across the country and the world. Many people who saw the movie in Japan didn’t know that the internment itself had even happened. So we are opening eyes all around the world.

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Can you tell us a little about this new documentary Allegiance to Broadway? What are some things that you can reveal that we will see or learn that we didn’t get to see from the show?

Few realize what a pressure cooker Broadway truly is. The creative team has all of these ideas, and they have been tested, but not before preview audiences. So you are making adjustments and changes that seem overwhelming to many. In the documentary you’ll get a sense of how far the show had to go just in a few weeks of rehearsals and previews. The adjustments we made were important, and impactful to the final storytelling.

In today’s current climate how important is the message of Allegiance, and what do you want people to take with them after seeing the film?

We never could have imagined as we set out to make Allegiance ten year ago that it would have so much to say about the world in which we live today. America has still to learn the important lesson of not treating whole groups of people as the enemy, based solely on their race, or religion or immigration status. Allegiance is so affecting because it humanizes a group that the majority was so quick to label “other.” And yet, we continue to do that today, to Muslims, to Central American refugees, to trans people. We are here to teach the lessons of history, so that it does not repeat itself.

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What is next for Allegiance, will a touring production happen, or will rights be released for amateur and regional theaters to perform?

I understand that a DVD is coming out soon, and that there will be a major production in Hawaii, which as you know has strong connection to the story in Allegiance. Several regional productions have already performed around the country, in fact.

Will you be coming back to Broadway any time soon? If not, what is next for you? Do you hope to have your next work of art be something as meaningful as "Allegiance" was?

I’ll leave that to the producers! I hope that some intrepid ones will consider an international production, perhaps in London, or Asia. For me personally, I am working on a few television projects that are still under wraps, but we’ll be announcing news about them hopefully soon. Whether it’s stage or television, I plan to continue to tell this story, and other stories of groups whose history needs to be told.

(Photo courtesy of Fathom Events)

With a career spanning six decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But Takei's story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II to becoming one of the country's leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality-Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture.

Takei made his Broadway debut in the musical Allegiance, which ran in New York in 2015 and 2016. The musical is inspired by Takei's true-life experience as a Japanese American who-from age 5 to 9-was unjustly imprisoned in two US internment camps during World War II.

In 2017, Takei returned to the New York stage, starring in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures, directed by John Doyle at Classic Stage Company. Mashable.com named Takei the #1 most-influential person on Facebook, currently with nearly 10.3 million likes and 2.3 million followers on Twitter. Takei lives in Los Angeles with his husband Brad Takei.

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