[Streaming+] Musical "Allegiance"
Musical "Allegiance" will be streamed globally with an after-talk show and a special backstage video!
The musical "Allegiance", which was performed at Tokyo International Forum Hall C in March 2021, has been decided to be streamed online.
This is the first performance with a Japanese cast of the Broadway musical about a Japanese-American family living in the United States during World War II.
In this memorable Japanese premiere, Megumi Hamada and Naoto Kaiho, who are leading figures in the world of musicals, played the roles of a Japanese-American sister and brother, and the talented cast included Masataka Nakagauchi, Mayuko Kominami, Tsunehiko Kamijo, Tomohiko Imai, and Toru Watanabe.
One day, the Japanese-Kimura family, living as Americans in the land of the free, were suddenly declared enemies of the state just because they were "Japanese-Americans" and were transported to an internment camp. Who do you pledge allegiance to and what do you believe in? The story draws people who are denied their identity, but still struggle to find hope and move forward.
The Kimura family is at the mercy of the turbulent times. It is a moving story that depicts the division and rebirth of the family who stick to their beliefs.
In addition to the main part of the performance, there will be an after-talk show of Megumi Hamada, Naoto Kaiho, Masataka Nakagauchi, and Mayuko Kominami, and a backstage tour video with commentary by Naoto Kaiho and the stage director.
This work is based on the history of 120,000 people of Japanese descent who were labeled as "enemy aliens" and forced to live harsh lives in internment camps due to an executive order signed by U.S. President Roosevelt in 1942.
Although it is still fresh in our minds that President Biden issued a statement in February of this year apologizing again for the Executive Order, it is also a page of history that is not widely known.
In this year that marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we have decided to stream the stage with the sincere hope that people will feel it as their own story, as a message that can be understood even today, aiming for a world without discrimination.
Furthermore, as a universal family story, the stage will be streamed not only in Japan but also overseas.
At this time of the year, which also coincides with the anniversary of the end of the war, we hope that people will watch this stage that portrays the importance of freedom, peace and family bonds, and pass it on to future generations.
Comment by Megumi Hamada
I am pleased to announce that "Allegiance", which was performed this spring, has been decided to be streamed online.
This time, not only in Japan, but also many people overseas can watch it. I hope you will take this opportunity to enjoy it.
Comment by Naoto Kaiho
"Allegiance" is a work that contains a very big theme of "division" that is still accelerating all over the world. Even if we know about it from the news, it is hard to feel it in our daily life.
This work appeals to the hearts and minds of audience through the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II, interweaving beautiful yet powerful music and spectacular dance scenes to convey such a universal theme in human society.
This time, the Japanese company took over this idea and tried to create "Allegiance" that can only be expressed by Japanese creators. I hope you will enjoy it.
[Contents] about 210 minutes in total
・Main performance video (about 160 minutes)
Masataka Nakagauchi, Mayuko Kominami
Tsunehiko Kamijou, Tomohiko Imai
Toru Watanabe, etc.
・After-talk show video (about 25 minutes)
・Backstage tour video (about 25 minutes)
・Comments by Megumi Hamada and Naoto Kaiho
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