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Perez Reviews: Allegiance

Allegiance is an important story to tell and a difficult one.

Inspired by his own life, the new Broadway musical stars Star Trek legend George Takei in a dramatization of the time during World War II where over 120,000 Japanese-Americans were sent to concentration camps.

Takei skillfully acts his part, although he isn't giving much material in the singing department.

Thankfully, though, Broadway and Disney legend Lea Salonga is utilized to the best of her abilities and delivers THAT VOICE, which is easily one of the top three of all time in musical theater.

Telly Leung does a fine job of playing the war hero, or is he the anti-hero of Allegiance? His character, more often than not, comes across as unlikeable. And that's a major problem for a protagonist of a show.

The music is good, if not the most memorable.

Act I felt long, but Act II flies by and really tugs at the heartstrings.

In addition to Salonga, we also were blown away by Katie Rose Clarke as the nurse with the heart of gold.

There is a lot of pain in Allegiance, but - thankfully - director Stafford Arima does a brilliant job of not making the show too dark and of finding the beauty in the bleak. The way he represents the bombing of Hiroshima is so inspired! His formations and choices are to be strongly lauded.

Fine job by all!


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Margaret Cho SLAMS Saturday Night Live For Inviting 'Known Racist' Donald Trump To Host! Find Out Who She Wants To See On Stage Instead!

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It looks like a bunch of people won't be tuning in to see Donald Trump host Saturday Night Live!

On Monday, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda penned an open letter to executive producer Lorne Michaels, asking him to cancel the GOP frontrunner's November 7 episode of the late night variety show!

Related: Anthony Mackie Endorses Trump For President?!

The group wrote in a letter sent to Michaels and NBC CEO Steve Burke:

"We are appalled that you would enable Trump's hateful speech for nothing (more) than a ratings ploy and ask that you rescind the SNL invitation."

But Hispanic activists aren't the only ones upset about the former Apprentice star's upcoming stint as host!

Margaret Cho is also blasting producers for Trump's invitation and for the lack of Asian-American representation in the show's long running history! She said:

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George Takei TAKES DOWN Donald Trump's Thoughts On Traditional Marriage

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George Takei opens up about Donald Trump's stance on same-sex marriage.

With some people — especially the stubborn ones — you just have to "agree to disagree."

That's what George Takei said he had to do with Donald Trump when the two sat down to discuss marriage equality.

[ Related: Donald Says His Comments Weren't What Got Him Axed From NBC! ]

On Monday, the Star Trek actor talked to Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's The Last Word about a conversation he had with the presidential hopeful back in 2012, around the time he was on season five of Celebrity Apprentice.

The LGBT rights activist and the businessman grabbed a bite at Trump Tower Grill in New York City to chat about same-sex marriage.

This lunch was arranged after the 78-year-old challenged Mr. Trump to discuss marriage equality with him during a press conference for the NBC reality competition.

Now, George is opening up about the Donald's support for traditional marriage, saying:

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George Takei Totally Slams Former Co-Star William Shatner: He's 'Not A Team Player'

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Although they appeared together in Star Trek, the drama between them is really a star war!

Former co-stars George Takei and William Shatner have had a tumultuous relationship ever since they starred in the '60s sci-fi classic.

Recently, the drama between the two came to a head in 2004 when the Priceline spokesman claimed he was not invited to the gay activist's wedding!

[ Related: George Takei Speaks About His 'Noble' Friend Leonard Nimoy! ]

On Tuesday, the Japanese-American thespian gave an interview to New York Times Magazine where he said the feud is truly all on Shatner!

He exclaimed:

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EXCLUSIVE IainLovesTheatre Covers The Tony's Red Carpet And Chats With Broadway's Biggest Stars!

We love Iain and Iain loves theater!

Theater critic and Broadway expert Iain Armitage served as our red carpet reporter at Sunday's Tony Awards, where the 6-year-old charmed the Great White Way's greatest stars!

From talking tuxes with Bryan Cranston to sailing with Sting, everyone stopped by for a chat, including the legendary Chita Rivera!

[ Related: The Broadway Casts Of Aladdin And The Lion King Sing At Airport! ]

And you won't believe what Iain asked Hand To God's Robert Askins!

Plus, what does So You Think You Can Dance's Nigel Lythgoe see in the future for our tapdancing talent?

Ch-ch-check out the video above, and for complete Tony's coverage click here!

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