“Ishi kara ishi: stone by stone, one can move a mountain.”

Jay Kuo, Lyricist


"Brisk direction... neither solemn or humorless"
David Spencer
The Village Voice
"Adroitly packing all manner of complex action"
Terry Teachout
The Wall Street Journal
"Years of events into a gripping trajectory... seamlessly staged"
Rex Reed
"Production values... highly stylized, but in a meaningful way"
Marilyn Stasio
"Important show with a phenomenal cast... deserves to be seen"
Isabella Biedenharn
Entertainment Weekly
"A triumph... history with uncommon generosity of spirit"
Jeremy Gerard
"Arima culls potent performances"
Elysa Gardner
USA Today
"Poignant and well-crafted story... operates on multiple levels"
Robert Kahn
NBC 4 New York
"Gracefully shapes dramatic and historical contours... fierce beauty"
James Hebert
The San Diego Union-Tribune
"Brilliant... choices are to be strongly lauded"
Perez Hilton
Perez Hilton
"Fresh and necessary... deftly handles the high emotions and conflicting schools of thought"
Joe Lynch

Director's Note

I made my Broadway directorial debut with Allegiance, the first musical on the Great Bright Way to tell the story of the internment of over 120,000 Japanese Americans during the Second World War. 

The work also had special personal meaning for me — my father and several other relatives were among the 23,000 Japanese Canadians interned in British Columbia during the same war. 

The subject matter of Allegiance, the primarily Asian cast, as well as the 4 Asian members of the creative team (composer, sound designer, associate director and director) broke conventions in 2015. When I look back at all involved, I feel profoundly proud of that unorthodoxy. Beyond the important subject matter, our production illuminated a narrative about the artistic vitality and value of an Asian creative team and cast.

A black and white photo of Stafford Arima standing with his arms crossed in dramatic lighting



Original Broadway Cast Recording
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On-Demand & DVD
Allegiance - The Broadway Musical
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Original Broadway Production

Book: Marc Acito, Jay Kuo & Lorenzo Thione

Music & Lyrics: Jay Kuo

Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations: Lynne Shankel

Choreographer: Andrew Palermo

Set: Donyale Werle

Lighting: Howell Binkley

Costumes: Alejo Vietti

Sound: Kai Harada

Projections: Darrel Maloney

Theatre: Longacre Theatre

Official Website: AllegianceMusical.com 

Tokyo Production

Book: Marc Acito, Jay Kuo & Lorenzo Thione

Music & Lyrics: Jay Kuo

Co-Director: Megumi Toyoda

Choreographer: Kiyomi Maeda & Sumire Fujiyama

Musical Director: Keita Egusa

Set: Rumi Matsui

Costumes: Ayako Maeda

Lighting: Ryuichi Nakagawa

Sound: Hideo Sato

Projections: Eika Shinbo

Producer: Horipro Tokyo-FM

Theatre: Tokyo International Forum Hall C