The Story
Allegiance
Music & Lyrics
JAY KUO

Book
MARC ACITO, JAY KUO & LORENZO THIONE
This musical is an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II. Sixty years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a chance meeting forces WWII veteran Sam Kimura to remember his family's relocation from their California farm to the Heart Mountain internment camp. As they struggle to adjust to their new home, Young Sam and his sister Kei find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country. With its moving score, it takes audiences on a journey into our nation's history through the eyes of one American family.

PHOTOS
Original Production
Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Performance highlights from The Old Globe production featuring Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, George Takei and the original San Diego cast.

MUSIC
Nothing in Our Way
Lea Salonga & Michael K. Lee
Original Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

An aged World War II veteran, Sam Kimura, has been estranged from his family for 60 years. News arrives in a mysterious envelope that revives many memories and regrets.

In 1941, Sammy is a newly elected class president who dreams of "Going Places", like college and high political office. His father, Tatsuo, and wise old grandfather, Ojii-san, own a farm in Salinas, California. Sammy adores his older sister Kei, who has postponed her own dreams to help the family. After the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor in December, nearly all of the Japanese-Americans in the Western US are incarcerated in internment camps. Sammy's family is taken from their beautiful farm and sent to the bleak Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming.

Against his father's wishes, Sammy joins with Mike Masaoka, head of the Japanese American Citizens League, which cooperates with the authorities to identify "disloyal" Japanese. He has a relationship with Hannah, a white Quaker volunteer nurse at the camp, causing additional tensions: an interracial marriage with Hannah would be illegal. Sammy's father is not inclined to cooperate. He is sent to a brutal prison for refusing to swear his allegiance by answering "yes" on an unjustly-worded loyalty questionnaire. Sammy's sister Kei falls in love with a draft resistance leader, Frankie Suzuki, and she also joins the resisters advocating for the rights of her people.


ACT TWO

The loving family is torn apart by the tragedy of the internment, and each member is profoundly changed by living with the consequences. Eager to prove his loyalty, Sammy enlists in the Masaoka-organized 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a US Army unit consisting of American-born sons of Japanese immigrants, and he fights bravely in Europe. Meanwhile, Kei and Frankie help lead the resistance. Eventually, Frankie's scuffles with a military policeman lead to Hannah's accidental and fatal shooting. Hearing of this, Sammy is enraged at Kei and Frankie, blaming them for Hannah's death. After the war, Sammy and his family attempt to reconcile, but their actions and the hurtful words that followed from their differing responses to the internment and loyalty questionnaire cause them to separate for many decades.

In the present day, Sam opens the envelope and finds that he has a chance to forgive and to share in the love and compassion of his family.

LIBRETTO

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Direction STAFFORD ARIMA
Choreography ANDREW PALERMO
Orchestrations LYNNE SHANKEL
Musical Director LAURA BERGQUIST
Scenic Design DONYALE WERLE
Costume Design ALEJO VIETTI
Lighting Design HOWELL BINKLEY
Sound Design KAI HARADA
Cast
Sam Kimura, Ojii-San GEORGE TAKEI
Kei Kimura LEA SALONGA
Sammy Kimura TELLY LEUNG
Frankie Suzuki MICHAEL K. LEE
Tatsuo Kimura CHRISTOPHEREN NOMURA
Hanna Campbell KATIE ROSE CLARKE
Mike Masaoka GREG WATANABE
Creative
Direction STAFFORD ARIMA
Choreography ANDREW PALERMO
Orchestrations LYNNE SHANKEL
Musical Director LAURA BERGQUIST
Scenic Design DONYALE WERLE
Costume Design ALEJO VIETTI
Lighting Design HOWELL BINKLEY
Sound Design JONATHAN DEANS
Cast
Sam Kimura, Ojii-San GEORGE TAKEI
Kei Kimura LEA SALONGA
Sammy Kimura TELLY LEUNG
Frankie Suzuki MICHAEL K. LEE
Tatsuo Kimura PAUL NAKAUCHI
Hanna Campbell ALLIE TRIMM
Mike Masaoka PAOLO MONTALBAN
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

PrologueKei and Company
Wishes on the WindKei, Sammy and Company
Do Not Fight the StormCompany
GamanKei, Tatsuo and Company
What Makes a ManSammy
I Oughta GoHannah and Sammy
Get in the GameSammy, Kei and Company
Should IHannah and Kei
AllegianceTatsuo, Sammy, Kei and Company
Ishi Kara IshiOjii-chan and Kei
ParadiseFrankie and Company
HigherKei
With YouBig Band Singer, Sammy and Hannah
Our Time NowSammy, Frankie, Kei, Hannah and Company


ACT TWO

ResistFrankie and Company
Allegiance" (Reprise)Tatsuo
This Is Not OverKei and Frankie
Higher/Resist (Reprises)Kei and Company
Stronger Than BeforeKei and Hannah
With You (Reprise)Sammy and Hannah
Nothing in Our WayFrankie and Kei
ItetsuitaCompany
442 Victory SwingUSO Pilots and Company
Higher/Ishi Kara Ishi (Reprises)Kei and Tatsuo
How Can You Go?Kei and Sammy
What Makes a Man" (Reprise) – Sammy, Kei, Tatsuo and Company
Wishes on the Wind" (Reprise) – Sammy, Kei, Tatsuo and Company

Newsies
Othello: The Remix
Two Gentlemen Of Verona
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Production
Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Performance highlights from The Old Globe production featuring Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, George Takei and the original San Diego cast.

Higher Lea Salonga feat. George Takei Original Cast Mini Album
Nothing in Our Way Lea Salonga & Michael K. Lee Original Broadway Cast Recording
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