If You Love Parade, Ragtime or Scottsboro, See Allegiance
February 9th, 2016
by Josh Ferri
This is the final week of performances for Broadway’s powerful, new musical Allegiance.
Inspired by true events, the musical tells the story the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they (and 110,000 other Japanese-Americans) are forced to leave their homes for internment camps after the Pearl Harbor attacks.
Photo by Matthew Murphy
It’s a serious piece of historical fiction much like three other Broadway musicals that have a strong, cult fan base: Parade, Ragtime and The Scottsboro Boys. Read on for just three reasons why if you love those musicals, you need to make time to see Allegiance during its final week on Broadway.
Photo by Joan Marcus & Carol Rosegg
1. If you love the social justice aspects of Parade or Scottsboro, you’ll be fascinated by Allegiance and how the country that could hold these families captive also welcomed them on the front lines. The Scottsboro trial and Leo Frank’s trial don’t get covered in American history classes and neither does the American Japanese internment camps. Don’t you owe it to yourself to learn more about this piece of our country’s history?
2. If you love the romance of Ragtime (or even Parade), there’s plenty to fall for in Allegiance. Telly Leung and Katie Rose Clarke are beyond adorable with their young love story.
Then as a counter, Lea Salonga and Michael K. Lee give us an adult romance for the ages.
3. Ragtime’s sweeping score gave theatre fans the female anthems “Your Daddy’s Son” and “Back to Before”.
Parade boasts Jason Robert Brown’s “You Don’t Know This Man” and “All This Wasted Time”.
Now Allegiance throws its hat into the ring with Lea Salonga’s showstopper “Higher”—and you only have a few days more to see it live.
Just do yourself a favor and get over to Allegiance at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre through February 14 only.