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After Record-Breaking Premiere, Filmed Broadway Production of GEORGE TAKEI’S ALLEGIANCE, Returns to U.S. Cinemas February 19 Only

Presented by Fathom Events, Takei’s Personal Story Also Features Broadway Stars Lea Salonga and Telly Leung in This Special Encore Presentation
Presented by Fathom Events, Takei’s Personal Story Also Features Broadway Stars Lea Salonga and Telly Leung in This Special Encore Presentation

After an unprecedented cinematic premiere resulting in the highest-grossing one-night Broadway musical event to date for Fathom Events, George Takei’s (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”) Broadway musical Allegiance returns to cinemas nationwide for an encore on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. local time. This date is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, known as the Day of Remembrance, which marked the beginning of the forced relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.

Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung , Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung , Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy

“George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen” will begin with an exclusive introduction from Takei and immediately move into the musical’s presentation. After the feature, audiences will also be treated to behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and creators.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang

“At a time when echoes of the interment ring once again far too loud in our political discourse, there’s never been a better moment for the story of Allegiance to find new audiences,” said star Takei. “It is a true testament to the power and the relevance of this story that so many people attended its premiere in December, and it is only appropriate that even more people will be able to witness it on such an important day as February 19, 2017. The Day of Remembrance is a day of commemoration, of reflection, and of learning, and I hope Allegiance can play an important role in its celebration, this year, and for many years to come.”

Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance illuminates one of American history’s lesser known chapters as it tells the story of Sam Kimura (Takei), transported back nearly six decades to when his younger self (Telly Leung, Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony Award®-winner Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon, Mulan) fought to stay connected to their heritage, their family and themselves after Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II.  An important story told with great resonance and intimacy, Allegiance explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere and the overwhelming power of forgiveness and, most especially, love.

Stafford Arima and Lorenzo Thione. Photo by Lia Chang
Stafford Arima and Lorenzo Thione. Photo by Lia Chang

“The response from the audience who attended the premiere has been overwhelming. While its Broadway run may have been cut short, the story of Allegiance truly speaks to audiences everywhere and we are honored that its legacy continues, through this encore with Fathom Events and beyond,”said Allegiance producer Lorenzo Thione. “Moreover, we are truly excited that the story, music and message of Allegiance will expand its reach to more people, cities, and even countries, continuing to move, educate and inspire, truly fulfilling George’s legacy.”

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo. Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima directed in his Broadway debut. Andrew Palermo served as choreographer.

The cast of 'Allegiance'. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of ‘Allegiance’. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The original Broadway cast comprised Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San, Salonga as Kei Kimura, Leung as Sammy Kimura,  Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka with Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Rumi Oyama, Catherine Ricafort, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Kevin Munhall, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Tony winner Scott Wise.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Allegiance had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012. It is produced by Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA.

Allegiance officially opened on Broadway November 8, 2015, following previews that began October 6 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. As of closing, the production played 37 previews and 113 regular performances.

Tickets go on sale January 25. Theater listings will be available on allegiancemusical.com/movie on Jan 25. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theatre box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theatre locations, visit the Fathom Events website. For up to date news on this screening visit allegiancemusical.com/movie

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

Film Lab Holiday Benefit Gala with George Takei features NY Premiere of Under the Blood Red Sun starring Chris Tashima on Dec. 14

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Chris Tashima. Photo by Lia Chang
Chris Tashima. Photo by Lia Chang

On Monday, December 14th, the 3rd annual Film Lab benefit holiday gala will feature the NYC Premiere of Tim Savage’s Under The Blood Red Sun, starring Academy Award winner Chris Tashima, at the Time & Life Building at Rockefeller Center, 1271 Avenue of the Americas (at 50th St.)  in New York City. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the cast, moderated by Star Trek and Allegiance star George Takei. The black tie evening kicks off at 6:30pm.

Under The Blood Red Sun, starring Chris Tashima, Kyler Sakamoto, Kalama Epstein, Dann Seki, Autumn Ogawa, Will Kahele and Mina Kohara, is based on the bestselling novel of the same title by Graham Salisbury, and details the life of Tomi––a Japanese American boy whose family was sent to the internment camp during World War II.

George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang

George Takei is well known by fans for his role in Star Trek, along with the decades of advocacy work within the Asian American and LGBT community. His starring role in the Broadway musical Allegiance, opposite Tony winner Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and Michael K. Lee, is his latest professional endeavor. Guests will also be invited to join the Film Lab for the post-screening reception and will have the opportunity to share food and drink with the cast and Mr. Takei himself.

“Film Lab is delighted to have Mr. Takei as our special guest. There are many similarities between Allegiance and the film, Under The Blood Red Sun, which is why we believe this year’s event is special,” notes Nick Sakai, the event organizer and Film Lab’s Industry Spotlight Coordinator.  Film Lab’s President, actor Jennifer Betit Yen adds, “We encourage everyone to come and mingle with the cast and Mr. Takei while supporting the gender and ethnic diversity in American film and television programming.”

Tickets for the event are currently on sale ranging from $40 for SAG-AFTRA members to $200 for VIP tickets with free entry for media. VIP ticket holders will receive a private meet and greet with George Takei and Chris Tashima (star of Under The Blood Red Sun), priority seating at the screening, and guaranteed table seats at the post-screening reception. Seats are limited for the event. To purchase tickets for the event visit:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-lab-holiday-galanyc-prem….

Ticket Information:
VIP tickets
In addition to what is included for regular tickets, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a pre screening meet & greet with George Takei and Chris Tashima (star of Under The Blood Red Sun), priority seating at the screening and guaranteed table seats at the post screening reception. $200 ONLY 50 seats available so please reserve ASAP.

Regular tickets
Pre-screening red carpet, screening with Q&A and the post screening reception with food/drink (wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages). Possible face time with George Takei and Chris Tashima at the post screening reception. $100.

Starving Artist tickets
Same benefits as Regular Tickets for those who have donate time and talent to the Film Lab community and who have established financial hardship. Subject to verification. $60 Discount code required. **Please be sure to obtain advance verification from Nick Sakai before ordering this ticket type. Thank you.**

SAG-AFTRA tickets
SAG-AFTRA members: Same benefits as Regular Tickets. Max 3 tickets per person and the purchaser must check in with paid-up SAG-AFTRA card along with the picture ID. Guests can be non-members but must accompany the purchaser at check in. $40

All tickets sales will go towards diversity in media initiatives.  These much needed donations will go towards providing free or low-cost programming that includes screenwriting workshops, panels, seminars and screenings and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

About the Organization:
Founded in 1998, The Film Lab is a not-for-profit corporation with members across the globe consisting of diverse filmmakers, directors, producers, writers, editors, actors, and crew members. The organization provides monthly programs to support gender and ethnic diversity in film and television. The Film Lab, a  501(c)(3) charity, works to promote education and support ethnic and gender diversity in films and television through a series of programs and events that include Unfinished Works, a program for writers; Industry Spotlight, a program for filmmakers; Connections, a networking arm that encompasses the Film Lab’s famous 72-Hour Shootout filmmaking competition and the Lab’s Annual Holiday Gala; and AAFL TV, the Lab’s production arm.  The Film Lab is currently in pre production on psychological drama involving elder abuse.  Read more at www.TheOppositeofaFairyTale.com.

To learn more about the organization, please visit: www.film-lab.org.

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Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in Examiner.com, FebOne1960.com BlogJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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