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Internment musical hits film theaters

2017年 2月 15日 星期三 - 02:14

'Allegiance' starring George Takei and Lea Salonga will play at theaters on February 19. As Fred Katayama reports, it may benefit from a ''Trump bump.''

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"Allegiance" is getting back into the game .... at the movie theater. This Broadway musical about the internment of Japanese Americans starring George Takei and Lea Salonga is having a second one-day run at 500 movie theaters in the U.S. on February 19. That day marks the 75th anniversary of the Executive Order signed by President Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor that locked up more than 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry behind barbed wire. "Allegiance" hits the silver screens just weeks after the chaos and controversy created by President Trump's travel ban. As a presidential candidate, he had defended his then-proposed ban by comparing it to the detainment of Japanese-Americans. And he told Time magazine he might have supported the internment. Lorenzo Thione is co-creator and lead producer of "Allegiance." SOUNDBITE (English) "ALLEGIANCE" CO-CREATOR AND LEAD PRODUCER, LORENZO THIONE, SAYING: "I'm sure there will be a 'Trump effect' so to speak. And in no other words, I welcome the fact that people, you know, who have been alerted to the seriousness of the situation by Trump's rhetoric and that of his surrogate will take upon themselves to maybe learn more about our past. And seeing 'Allegiance' is a wonderful way to do that." Speaking in support of Muslims in the U.S. Tuesday, Takei, a former internee, reflected on the experience. SOUNDBITE (English) ACTOR AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, GEORGE TAKEI, SAYING: "I will remember. And we will remember our vow is to say never again, never again must this happen again in the United States." When "Allegiance" was shown on the silver screen for one day in December - just one month after the election - it set a record as the highest grossing Broadway musical shown at movie theaters by the company presenting it. It pulled in more than $1 million, eclipsing even "Phantom of the Opera." "Allegiance" could break even after the February showing. The musical lasted just three months on the Great White Way, but its producers now plan to take the film overseas.

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Internment musical hits film theaters

2017年 2月 15日 星期三 - 02:14