Actor and activist George Takei has fiercely condemned a prominent Donald Trump supporter’s invocation of Japanese-American interment camps as “precedent” for a proposed national registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.
Theater fans are getting the chance to see George Takei’s Broadway musical Allegiance in movie theaters for one night only come December.
The musical — starring Takei, Lea Salonga, and Telly Leung — follows a Japanese-American family as their lives change following the events of Pearl Harbor.
George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen will feature an introduction by Takei as well as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.
Allegiance, which opens Sunday at the Longacre Theatre, illuminates a dark spot in American history that school curricula (mine, at least) tend to gloss over, bringing to life the tragedy of the World War II internment camps for Japanese-American citizens. Watching the events play out on stage is painful: young, California-born Japanese-Americans racing to enlist after Pearl Harbor, only to be turned away; a neighbor of 20 years entreating Tatsuo Kimura (Christòpheren Nomura) to sell his farm, worth $20,000, for $2,000; the helplessness of men to protect their families.
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