Fathom Events will premiere a new documentary, “Allegiance to Broadway: The Dream. The Story. The Journey of A Musical,” by director/filmmaker Greg Vander Veer on Tuesday, December 4th at 7:30 pm (local time) in cinemas across the country. “Allegiance to Broadway” will give audiences an in-depth look into the making of George Takei’s (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”) moving Broadway musical, which also starred Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Mulan) and Telly Leung (Aladdin, Godspell, “Glee”).
In addition, in its annual return to screens around the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, Fathom Events will also bring “Allegiance,” the filmed version of the original Broadway production, back to cinemas nationwide for an encore event on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:30 pm (local time).
After the showing of “Allegiance to Broadway” and “Allegiance,” audiences will enjoy new exclusive footage featuring George Takei and the Broadway musical’s creative team.
The films will be screened in more than 600 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations, visit www.FathomEvents.com.
Tickets for “Allegiance” and “Allegiance to Broadway” can be purchased at AllegianceMusical.com, and at participating theater box offices.
“Allegiance to Broadway” follows creators Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione, along with the rest of the Broadway musical’s creative team, from page to stage as they grapple with the tough subject matter of this period in American history, and their obligation to maintaining and furthering George Takei’s legacy. From rehearsals to marketing meetings and everywhere in between, the documentary sheds a light on the tough nature of show business and the creative decisions that must be faced when trying to navigate the rough waters of Broadway.
“I’m so thrilled to share this insider’s look of the making of a Broadway musical with the world,” said “Allegiance to Broadway” director/filmmaker Greg Vander Veer (Keep Dancing, Church Forest). “Having documented George, Jay, Lorenzo, and the rest of the Allegiance team for so long, there is no question about their passion and enthusiasm for telling this increasingly relevant story and I am sure audiences will share in their connection to the show as well as the people who made it possible.”
“Allegiance” tells the story of one family’s extraordinary journey in a troubling time of a nation at war. A mysterious envelope leads Sam Kimura (Takei) back 60 years to a time when he (played as a young man by Telly Leung — Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Lea Salonga–Miss Saigon, Mulan) strive to save their family from the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Sam enlists in the army to prove his family’s loyalty, while Kei joins the 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 re-lived and a new perspective is gained, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and experience the redemptive power of love.
“At a time when the ugly echoes of fear and racial prejudice once again grow louder, remembering our history becomes critical,” George Takei said. “Pearl Harbor and WWII put our country to the test, and while the nation rose up to the challenge and fought our enemies abroad, sadly we also turned against our own at home and inflicted an injustice that should never be forgotten. It fills me with great pride that audiences will be able to both experience this important story through ‘Allegiance’, as well as to get a behind-the-scenes look at the labor of love and the journey that took Allegiance from concept to the Broadway stage in this new, fascinating documentary.”
“After the success ‘Allegiance’ last year, which marked the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we knew that we had to give audiences another opportunity to witness this incredible performance but make it even more valuable,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “That’s why this year we are adding the never-before-seen documentary event, giving viewers added insight into the process and emotional effort it took to bring ‘Allegiance’ to the Broadway stage.”
“We always knew how important and special ‘Allegiance’ was and being able to reach a wider audience through the Broadway film has allowed so many more people to connect with the musical in such a deeply personal way,” said “Allegiance” co-creator and producer Lorenzo Thione. “We are so excited to once again partner with Fathom Events on the encore showing, and, even more so, we are grateful to be able to share the journey that took our dream of telling George Takei ever-so-relevant story all the way to the Great White Way, in ‘Allegiance to Broadway’.”
Broadway producing credits include Allegiance, Catch Me If You Can (Tony nomination), American Idiot (Tony nomination), Elling, Slava’s Snowshow, and the upcoming The Cher Show and Mike Birbiglia’s The New One. In development: Indigo. In addition, Sing Out, Louise! has created and produced the film capture and screen translations of both Allegiance and Bandstand’s original Broadway productions, and in partnership with Fathom Events continues to demonstrate the power of cinematic events to expand the reach and impact of live Broadway theater.
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like “Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr.,” concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series, inspirational events such as To Joey With Love and Facing Darkness, and anime titles such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 897 locations and 1,387 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.