Much has been said about the timeliness of Allegiance and the encore screening I attended said so much, with an almost full capacity including a couple of pre-teen audience accompanied by parents who I can only assume are creatively giving some sort of history lesson .
Allegiance could have had a longer Broadway run if it had opened a year later what with its relevance to the current events. Fortunately, the decision to release it in cinemas helped in raising awareness on George Takei’s real life account on life in the Japanese internment camp during the second World War, which, given what’s been happening these days, is not too far-fetched from happening again. In fact, some scenes were quite hard to watch knowing the fine line between its material and reality is almost non-existent.
I strongly encourage support for these types of cinematic releases, not only because of my love for musical theatre, but should the film pave the way for future productions, Allegiance can potentially succeeded in its intent in reminding people on the harsh effects of societal intolerance, something that is needed now more than ever.
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