Prince of Tennis Musical Celebrates Total of Two Million Spectators
posted on by Eric Stimson
The Prince of Tennis musical, now in its third season, passed a noteworthy milestone on March 22: Its 1 PM performance that day let it amass a total of two million spectators since its premiere in 2003.
To mark the occasion, cast members offered congratulations and reflection. "I can really feel like I'm part of a work loved by many people," said Kazuki Furuta, who plays Ryoma. "I'd like to keep performing with all my energy for many days so I can keep being loved by many people." Kimeru, who played Shusuke Fuji in the musical's first season, remembered that when the musical premiered, the attitude from fans was much different. "It was a time when adapting manga and anime for the stage was strange. We fought in a headwind — 'Don't destroy my image!' 'Why is Fuji only singing the opening song?'" The original manga creator, Takeshi Konomi, also chimed in, congratulating the musical's success overseas and expecting it to reach even more people in the future.
The Prince of Tennis musical is currently playing in Tokyo's Nippon Seinenkan and will tour in Fukuoka, Sendai, Aichi Prefecture, Osaka and Tokyo again from April to May. Tickets cost 5,800 yen ($48). It has staged over 1,200 shows over its 12-year run, including in Taiwan and Hong Kong.