Allegiance Reviews

Allegiance Review Roundup

Musical Reviews from around the Internet

Oct 22, 2012

Allegiance Review: ‘Allegiance’ unfurls a dark chapter in American history.

Old Globe stages an affecting play about World War II internment camps

In one seamless and stirring transition, Allegiance—A New American Musical holds the U.S.’s World War II-era shame up to scrutiny and takes our breath away. Halfway into the second act of this world premiere at the Old Globe, Ojii-San (Grandpa), while faithfully tending the garden he’s managed to grow in the rock-hard soil of the Japanese internment camp in which he’s forced to live, sinks to the ground, falls still and dies.After his body is gently wrapped in netting and carried away, the stage is transformed into ground zero for the deadly mission of the Enola Gay.

Oct 21, 2012

Allegiance Review: Allegiance Scores in Astounding Production

This play is a must-see. The voices are powerful, the dancing fun and lively, and the sets flow seamlessly from act to act, creatively portraying images of the times.

Allegiance – A New American Musical, starring television and film icon George Takei, is an outstanding production. The main character Sam Kimura professes loyalty to America out of a need to “do something, anything, to make a difference,” and to protect his family. Instead he ends up driving a wedge between himself and his family. Sixty years later as a World War II veteran, he is faced with the ramifications of his choices and learns the truth about what his loyalties cost him.

Oct 21, 2012

Allegiance Review: Striking a Perfect Professional Balance

“Allegiance” speaks of family while addressing a sad, embarrassing and shameful note within the United States’ historical playbook, all with a perfectly professional balance of script, music and choreography.

After the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States forcibly removed approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast and placed them into American prison camps. “Allegiance — A New American Musical” that has been extended through Oct. 28 on The Old Globe’s Shiley Stage, tells their story in song, dance and inventive choreography.

Oct 15, 2012

Allegiance Review: ‘Allegiance’

The musical was moving to me even though I’m not 60, and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a romantic drama about a black eye on America’s history that should be taken seriously.

“Allegiance,” the Old Globe’s new musical, focuses on World War II, but it wasn’t as positive and fun loving as “The Sound of Music.” Instead of a nanny in Germany, “Allegiance” portrays the grim reality of Japanese internment camps here in America during the war.

Oct 5, 2012

Allegiance Review: World Premiere Musical At San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre

Go see this powerful and cathartic musical, which is beautifully staged, with triple-threat actors, who sing, who dance, and who also touch the heart.

With stories of every stripe and subject being produced for the musical stage these days, one shouldn’t have to ask “How can they make a musical out of the injustice of interning native-born American citizens into forced relocation camps during WWII?”  Fair question.  The answer is: before you complain or dismiss the effort, go see this powerful and cathartic musical, which is beautifully staged, with triple-threat actors, who sing, who dance, and who also touch the heart.

Oct 5, 2012
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Allegiance Review: ‘Allegiance’ has some kinks, but is still enjoyable

Allegiance will most surely make its way to Broadway... See it now when you don’t have to spend the money on a flight and hotel in New York. The cast alone is worth the ticket price.

Original shows don’t come along all that often these days. Sure, The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse have nurtured some fine award-winning musicals and plays through the years, but compared to the many revivals and shows surrounding known music on Broadway, an original musical is hard to come by.

Oct 2, 2012

Allegiance Review: ‘Allegiance’ A New Musical and a Story to Remember

The great opportunity of the past is that we learn from our mistakes so as not to repeat them. Allegiance – A New American Musical is an important story in our country’s history and one that deserves to be heard. May none of us ever forget.

Early in Allegiance – A New American Muscial, a frightened young mother acknowledges George Takei’s character, Ojii-San, with a single word – gaman. “It means endurance with dignity,” says Kei (Lea Solanga) when her brother Sam (Telly Leung) asks about the word. The time is 1942. The scene is the train station where thousands of Japanese American families are being removed from their homes and transferred to internment camps.

Oct 2, 2012
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Allegiance Review: ‘Allegiance’ entertains and informs

“Allegiance” works so well because it’s a celebration of humanity. I highly recommend this piece of theater, but for added appreciation, it’s best to attend with someone you care about. Hopefully, it will go to Broadway and “live long and prosper.”

Somehow you would think a musical about an Asian-American family forced to move to a Japanese internment camp would be an angry and emotionally draining experience, leaving theatergoers feeling as if they just got punched in the gut. However, a big surprise about The Old Globe’s production of “Allegiance – A New American Musical” is how optimistic and uplifting the storyline plays out.

Oct 2, 2012

Allegiance Review: Don’t miss Old Globe’s “Allegiance”

A stellar performance by the cast of “Allegiance — A New American Musical” plus opportunity to see Lea Salonga and George Takei perform in person make The Old Globe’s production something that should not be missed.

A stellar performance by the cast of “Allegiance — A New American Musical” plus opportunity to see Lea Salonga and George Takei perform in person make The Old Globe’s production something that should not be missed.

Oct 1, 2012

Allegiance Review: George Takei and Allegiance the Musical

ALLEGIANCE is a spirited, charming and touching experience, containing both tragedy and uplifting, life-affirming moments.

If you are wondering what a musical review is doing on here, wonder no further. ALLEGIANCE – A NEW MUSICAL is a production that exists because of George Takei, known to STAR TREK fans everywhere as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Enterprise and Captain of the Excelsior. His sense of humor and exuberance has attracted over 2.5 million Facebook followers and resulted in him penning a book called “Oh Myyy!”

Oct 1, 2012
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Allegiance Review: ‘Allegiance’ Powerful and Entertaining

Acito, Kuo, and Thione have created a musical that educates, moves, and entertains, particularly as performed by a stellar cast under the inspired direction of Stafford Arima at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre.

Imagine you were told by the country in which you were born and raised that you had only a few days to sell your home and all your possessions, minus of what you could carry with you. Imagine that you were then transported hundreds of miles away and forced to live in cramped barracks where you would swelter during the summer and freeze during the winter, month after month, year after year. Imagine what kind of country that would be and how you would feel about the land you had believed with all your heart was your own.

Oct 1, 2012
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Allegiance Review: Allegiance

Blessed with one of the strongest casts I have seen on a stage in San Diego, "Allegiance" absolutely lives up to the hype this show has been producing for over nine months.

San Diego finds itself quite often referred to as L.A.’s little sister but it has quietly built itself a national reputation for developing some of the best theater on the West Coast. Hundreds of well known Hollywood and Broadway stars alike have spent part of their careers on stage in America’s Finest City from Gregory Peck and Groucho Marx to Billy Crystal, Gary Sinise and Cynthia Nixon.

Once again Tinseltown and 42nd Street meet in the debut of Allegiance, a new musical bound for Broadway playing at The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park.

Oct 1, 2012
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Allegiance Review: Allegiance, A New American Musical” – The Old Globe

Under the crisp direction of Stafford Arima, a star studded cast brings the story of the Japanese American internment to life on the Old Globe stage.

There’s a killer musical across town, a world premiere at the Old Globe with [dark] historical implications.

Allegiance is about the reprehensible aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack, when Japanese Americans were shipped off to internment camps in the most desolate areas of America. An arresting exhibition at the Museum of Man annex shows how San Diego’s Japanese Americans were affected.

Sep 28, 2012
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Allegiance Review: Stunning performances take “Allegiance” over the top

Dynamic dialogue, backed by passionate energy to spotlight an injustice, lead to stimulating performances in this world premiere musical.

When Sam Kimura (actor George Takei) is visited by a strange woman who brings him a box from his recently departed sister, his world is once again turned upside down. Sam hasn’t seen or spoken to his sister in 60 years and he’s more angry than sorrowful about this intrusion into his life.

Yet when he opens the box to see what Kei Kimura (Lea Salonga) thought he should see, the old man makes a journey back in time.

Sep 24, 2012
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Allegiance Review: ‘Allegiance’

The heart and soul of the show is the touching performance of Salonga, who shines in her many duets with Leung and belts her one solo "Higher" out of theater.

During World War II, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced to leave their homes in California, Washington and Oregon and enter internment camps. It’s a heady subject for a musical, and one handled with surprising deftness in this powerful new musical Allegiance at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

The book, by Jay Kuo, Lorenzo Thione, and Marc Acito, follows the travails and triumphs of the Kimura family, three generations of farmers in 1941 Salinas until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor changes their lives.

Sep 21, 2012
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Allegiance Review: Allegiance – A New American Musical at The Old Globe

San Diego's Old Globe Theatre production of Allegiance is a lush and romantic musical version of a family's story set against a shameful time in U. S. history.

Allegiance – A New American Musical is not George Takei’s story, but Mr. Takei was among the 120,000 individuals of Japanese descent who were held in internment camps during World War II. Now, Mr. Takei, who will forever be also known as “Star Trek’s” Sulu, is starring at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in a lush and romantic musical version of a family’s story set against a shameful time in U. S. history.