ALLEGIANCE

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Reviewing ALLEGIANCE feels like being handed a revolver to take down a well-intentioned, over-exuberant, slightly dim puppy.  It’s trying so hard, you almost feel bad for finding it dreary. Written by a team of newbies, the lyrics state the obvious, the music is serviceable (who wants their music serviceable?) and the book is awkward, except for the last 15 minutes which are mostly spoken and absolutely heart-rending.  Lea Salonga is, as always, a singing and acting treasure.  I especially feel bad for the loveable George Takei. If this were MY life story, I would want it to be told with more adept artistry.

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