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Macross Stage Musical Previewed in 3-Minute Video

posted on 2012-10-04 08:41 EDT by Egan Loo
Maho Tomita takes over for Sayaka Kanda 2 days before play's opening on anime's 30th anniversary

The official website for the stage musical Macross the Musicalture began streaming a three-minute digest video of the final rehearsal. The play just opened on Wednesday, October 3. (October 3 was the 30th anniversary of the premiere of the first Macross anime series.)

The story is set in 2062, five decades after the Space War I conflict seen in the first Macross story. Macross 29 is the 29th New Macross Class colonization fleet to leave Earth in the aftermath of that devastating war. People who were once scarred by war now live a tranquil, oasis-like existence.

However, the fleet has hardly any military strength due to pacifism, and its economy is on the brink of collapse. Due to the high unemployment rate in the urban areas, a Neo Zentran movement that advocates a renewed military has been gaining steam, especially among the young alien Zentradi.

A "Miss Macross Contest" has been launched as part of the economic recovery plan among Macross 29 citizens. Lives converge at the event when two youths named Ash and Sakura spot Vigo, a young Neo Zentran leader, in the distance.

The website announced on Monday that Sayaka Kanda (pictured right), pop singer Seiko Matsuda's daughter and a singer in her own right, is abruptly stepping down from her role as Charlotte Marion-Glass "due to various circumstances." She is the second major cast member to leave the play.

Actress/singer Maho Tomita (Cat God's Akane Shinozaki, Kamichu! opening theme) took over the role of Charlotte Marion-Glass. The musical's staff apologized since refunds will not be offered for tickets.

On Tuesday, Kanda wrote a personal apology on the website for leaving her role due to poor health. Fantic, Kanda and Matsuda's agency, then explained on the same day that Kanda has to recuperate from acute gastroenteritis.

Earlier, Yūsuke Hirose replaced Takuya Kikuchi as the young Neo Zentran leader Vigo Walgria.


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