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Death Note The Musical's Videos Preview Singing

posted on 2014-11-16 19:45 EST
Kenji Urai, Hayato Kakizawa, Teppei Koike, Fūka Yuzuki perform at unveiling event

Japanese talent agency HoriPro began streaming a video from the unveiling of Death Note the Musical on Wednesday. In the video, Kenji Urai and Hayato Kakizawa — the actors who share the starring role of Light Yagami — sing "Bunshiten" (Junction).

JiJi Press is streaming a longer video showing song performances by Teppei Koike (L) and Fuku Yuzuki (Misa).

The upcoming stage musical of Death Note unveiled its main cast in costume in September. The production also announced its official title: Death Note The Musical. The cast includes:

  • Kenji Urai (Aoi Honō, Kamen Rider Kuuga, Sailor Moon musicals) and Hayato Kakizawa (Crows Explode, Kaiji 2) as Light Yagami (shared role)
  • Teppei Koike (Gokusen, Love*Com the Movie, Tōfu Kozō) as the genius detective L
  • Fūka Yuzuki (live-action Shinigami-kun) as Misa Amane
  • Ami Maeshima (SUPER☆GiRLS idol) as Sayu Yagami
  • Megumi Hamada as Rem
  • Kōtarō Yoshida (Hanako to Anne, MOZU) as Ryuk
  • Takeshi Kaga as Sōichirō Yagami

Kaga is reprising his role as Sōichirō Yagami from the live-action Death Note films.

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 will run at Tokyo's Nissay Theatre from April 6 to April 29 of next year. 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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