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A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, Allegiance will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, February 14, 2016. Performances began at the Longacre Theatre on October 6, 2015 and the production officially opened on November 8, 2015. At the time of its closing it will have played 37 previews and 113 regular performances.

In a statement, producers for Allegiance 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.

In light of the announcement, we're taking a trip down memory lane to the show's road to Broadway!


The show began its life onstage at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, running in fall 2012:

Photo Credit: Henry DiRocco

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, George Takei and Paul Nakauchi

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
The cast of the World Premiere of Allegiance

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Telly Leung, Jon Jon Briones, Scott Watanabe, Karl Josef Co and Marc De La Cruz

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga and Telly Leung

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Allie Trimm and Telly Leung

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Michael K. Lee with Kay Trinidad, MaryAnn Hu, Ann Sanders and Katie Boren

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Paolo Montalban

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
George Takei

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
The cast of the World Premiere of Allegiance

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga and George Takei

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Michael K. Lee and Lea Salonga

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Telly Leung and Lea Salonga

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
George Takei

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, George Takei and Paul Nakauchi


By February 2015 it was at last announced that the show would arrive in New York later that year. Over the summer, the cast previewed some songs at Bryant Park:


The company met the press in September 2015:


And previews began on October 6:

Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Telly Leung and cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Michael K Lee and cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga and Telly Leung

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Telly Leung and cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Michael K. Lee, George Takei and Lea Salonga

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!

George Takei and Lea Salonga


The company celebrated opening night on November 8:

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
The cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Darren Lee, Marcus Choi, Aaron J. Albano and Scott Watanabe

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Aaron J. Albano and Scott Watanabe

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Greg Watanabe and cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Katie Rose Clarke and cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Katie Rose Clarke and cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Michael K. Lee and cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Michael K. Lee and cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
George Takei, Scott Wise, Aaron J. Albano and Michael K. Lee

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
George Takei and cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
George Takei and cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
George Takei and cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga and Telly Leung

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga and Telly Leung

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga and Telly Leung with cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga and cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Telly Leung

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Telly Leung and cast

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga, George Takei and Telly Leung

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga, George Takei and Telly Leung

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
George Takei

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
George Takei

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Lea Salonga, George Takei and Telly Leung

A Sad Farewell- Travel Down ALLEGIANCE's Road to Broadway!
Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, Lorenzo Thione and Stafford Arima with the cast


Since then it's been announced that a national tour and international productions are in the works. So it may be goodbye for now, but not forever. We'll miss you, Allegiance!

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