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Death Note The Musical Sampled in 4-Minute Video

posted on 2015-04-08 00:45 EDT
Musical adapting Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata's manga premiered in Tokyo on Monday

Talent agency HoriPro began streaming a four-minute, 19-second digest video for Death Note The Musical on Tuesday. The video features songs for characters such as Light, Misa, L, and Ryuk.

The stage musical adapting Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga unveiled its main cast in costume in September. The cast includes:

Frank Wildhorn, an American composer known for songs sung by Whitney Houston ("Where Do Broken Hearts Go?") and Natalie Cole, is scoring the Death Note musical. Tamiya Kuriyama, a recipient of the Japanese government's Medal with Purple Ribbon, is directing. Jack Murphy (The Civil War, Rudolf, Carmen, Wonderland, The Count of Monte Cristo) is writing the lyrics, and Ivan Menchell (The Cemetery Club, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bonnie and Clyde) is writing the script. Jason Howland is in charge of musical supervision, arrangements and orchestrations.

The musical is running at Tokyo's Nissay Theatre from April 6 to April 29. It will then travel to Osaka and Nagoya in May. It will also run in South Korea from July to August, but with a different cast.

In Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's original supernatural suspense manga, a teenager named Light finds a notebook with which he can put people to death by writing their names. He begins a self-anointed crusade against the criminals of the world, and a cat-and-mouse game begins with the authorities and one idiosyncratic genius detective. The 12-volume manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 2003 to 2006. The manga has already been adapted into three live-action films and one television anime series in Japan. Viz Media released the Death Note manga, the anime series, and a spinoff novel, while its Viz Pictures affiliate released the three live-action films in American theaters.


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