Inspired by the true-life experience of its star George Takei (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”), “Allegiance” also features Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga (“Miss Saigon,” “Mulan”) and Telly Leung (“Godspell,” “Glee”).
“AARP celebrates diverse storytelling that reflect the experiences of people 50-plus,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP vice president of multicultural leadership, Asian American and Pacific Islander audience. “George Takei continues his life’s work of informing and educating the public about the injustices of the internment of Japanese Americans through a powerful medium — the stage.”
“We are proud to offer this exclusive benefit to our members, who want to see shows that are relevant to them, but are seldom produced,” said Beth Finkel, AARP New York state director.
Advance discounted tickets for “Allegiance” are available now exclusively to AARP members for performances on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m.; and Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at $55 to $99 per ticket.
Takei will speak at a special talk-back after the performance on Nov. 11.
Tickets are available to purchase online at http://TelechargeOffers.com, by phone when you call (212) 239-6200 or in person at the Longacre Theater box office at 220 W. 48th Street in New York (open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Sundays (12 to 6 p.m.) using code ALL4NOW.
There will also be an opportunity to connect with AARP staff, volunteers, and members at during the performances. Before the show, theater-goers are invited to come by the AARP table to learn more about what AARP is doing to improve the lives of people age 50-plus and their families.
“Allegiance” follows one family’s extraordinary journey in this untold American story. A mysterious envelope leads Sam Kimura (Takei) back 60 years to a time when he (played as a young man by Leung and his sister Kei (Salonga) strive to save their family from the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Sam enlists in the Army to prove the Kimuras’ loyalty, but Kei joins draft resisters fighting for the rights of their people.
Their paths take them from the lush farmlands of California to the wastelands of Wyoming to the battlefields of Europe, and their divided loyalties threaten to tear them apart forever. But as long-lost memories are unlocked, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and to recognize the redemptive power of love. Visit http://AllegianceMusical.com for more information.