Sayonara Sorcier Musical Casts Shinji Rachi, Ryō Hirano

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Musical adapting manga about van Gogh brothers debuts on March 17

The official website and blog for the stage musical adaptation of Hozumi's Sayonara Sorcier manga announced on Wednesday that Shinji Rachi will play Theodorus van Gogh, and Ryō Hirano will play Vincent van Gogh. Both the official website and the blog also unveiled visuals of both actors in costume as their characters.

Shinji Rachi as Theodorus van Gogh

Ryō Hirano as Vincent van Gogh

Daisuke Nishida will direct the production, and Shuhei Kamimura (Student Council's Discretion) will compose the music. The musical will run from March 17 to 21 at the Zepp Blue Theater in Roppongi, Tokyo.

The original manga tells the story of the van Gogh brothers - the famous painter Vincent van Gogh, and his younger brother Theodorus van Gogh - but primarily from the point of view of the latter. Theo is employed as the branch manager of the famous art dealership Goupil & Cie. He seeks to embrace new talents and techniques, but the bourgeoisie mentality of the time deems the lower classes unable to appreciate fine art, marking it as a domain exclusive to high society. Theo struggles to showcase art that depicts the truth of the everyday.

Hozumi launched the manga in the October 2012 issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine, and ended it in the magazine's October 2013 issue. Shogakukan published the manga's second and final compiled book volume in November 2013. The manga topped the Female Readers list of manga in the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook.

Source: Comic Natalie

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