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George Takei's Allegiance musical to close on Broadway

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Matthew Murphy

The new musical Allegiance, which opened just two months ago on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre, has set a closing date for its Broadway run.

The musical — inspired by the life of George Takei (who also stars) and his experience in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II — will play its final performance Feb. 14. The show will have played 37 previews and 113 regular performances.

Allegiance also stars Tony winner Lea Salonga and Telly Leung, and tells the story of a family uprooted and forced to adapt to a new mode of life demanded by a frightened country which would not dare to accept difference.

In a statement regarding the closing, producers said that Allegiance, at its departure, “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.”

The show features a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione, and music and lyrics by Kuo. A cast recording of Allegiance will be released Feb. 5 through Broadway Records/Yellow Sound.

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