George Takei Musical 'Allegiance' to Close on Broadway
The show will play its final performance Feb. 14 at the Longacre Theatre, after struggling to build audiences since its November opening.
The new musical Allegiance, which stars George Takei in a story that draws inspiration from his childhood in the Japanese-American internment camps of World War II, will close on Broadway following a commercially disappointing run.
The show will play its final performance at the Longacre Theatre on Feb. 14, wrapping an engagement of 37 previews and 113 regular performances. The closing notice is the first of 2016 in Broadway's annual winter chill, which invariably sees the exit of underperforming productions to make way for new openings in the spring.
Written by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione and directed by Stafford Arima, the musical was a labor of love for many involved, perhaps none more so than Takei. The Star Trek veteran made his Broadway debut at age 78 in the highly personal project, alongside Tony winner Lea Salonga and Telly Leung.
The producing team, led by Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA, has announced plans in the works for a national tour and international productions.
"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," said the producing team in a statement.
Reviews were generally respectful if not quite enthusiastic enough to drive ticket sales. The material's topical relevance in light of the current immigration debate also failed to increase its traction at the box office.
Faced with considerable competition from a crowded field of other new productions including Hamilton, On Your Feet!, School of Rock, The Color Purple and Fiddler on the Roof, the show has struggled to build audiences since its Nov. 8 opening. Aside from a bump over the busy New Year's week, Allegiance has been averaging around 60 percent capacity, with cumulative grosses of just over $6 million to date.
An original cast recording of the show will be released Feb. 5 via Broadway Records/Yellow Sound.