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Death Note The Musical Practice Video Previews Japanese Songs

posted on by Karen Ressler
English song versions no longer streaming

The official website for Frank Wildhorn's Death Note the Musical is streaming a new practice video featuring the Japanese cast performing the song's musical numbers. Kenji Urai (Light) performs the song "Dekiru Mononara," Hayato Kakizawa (Light) performs the song "Death Note," Fūka Yuzuki (Misa) performs "Koisuru Kakugo," (Ready for Love) Kenji Urai and Teppei Koike (L) perform "Shi no Game" (Death Game), Megumi Hamada (Rem) performs "Orokana Ai" (Stupid Love), and the cast ensemble performs "Seigi wa Doko ni Reprise" (Where is Justice? Reprise).

The musical's website previously hosted English versions of the songs, but they are now removed.

The cast of the upcoming Japanese performances includes:

Kaga is reprising his role as Sōichirō Yagami from the live-action Death Note films. The Japanese cast members Kenji Urai and Hayato Kakizawa — the actors who share the starring role of Light Yagami — sung "Bunshiten" (Junction) in a video released last year.

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. 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 Death Note 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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