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Live Spectacle Naruto Stage Musical Gets New Run in May 2017

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New musical features Shinji Rachi as Itachi

The official website for the Live Spectacle Naruto series of stage musicals revealed on Saturday that a new stage musical will premiere in Japan in May 2017. The new musical, titled Live Spectacle Naruto: Akatsuki no Shirabe (Live Spectacle Naruto: The Akatsuki Investigation) will feature Shinji Rachi joining the cast as Itachi. The musical will also feature a different story than the previous two musicals.

Other new cast members include:

  • Rei Fujita as Yamato
  • Ryō Kitamura as Sai
  • Seshiru Daigo as Tsunade
  • Keishi Hagio as Suigetsu Hōzuki
  • Kanon Nanaki as Karin
  • Tomoya Yamaguchi as Jūgo
  • Takeshi Hayashino as Kisame Hoshigaki
  • Ryō Tsuji as Deidara
  • Hironori Katayama as Tobi

Ryōsuke Okada is replacing Tatsunari Kimura as Kabuto Yakushi.

Returning cast members include:

  • Kōdai Matsuoka as Naruto Uzumaki
  • Ryūji Satō as Sasuke Uchiha
  • Yui Itō as Sakura Haruno
  • Yūki Kimisawa as Kakashi Hatake
  • Hiro Yūmi as Orochimaru

Other confirmed cast members include Seiya Shirasaki, Shōgo Komagawa, Ren Miyagawa, Riku Noma, Atsumi Matsubayashi, and Saya Chinen.

Akiko Kodama (Fairy Tail stage play) is returning from the previous two musicals to direct and write the play. Shunsuke Wada is composing the music.

The first musical held performances last year from March to May in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka, and Miyagi. The musical then held international performances in Macau, Malaysia, and Singapore. A DVD of the stage musical went on sale last August. A second run of the musical ran in Osaka and Tokyo from July-August.

The musicals covered the manga's story from the first to 27th volume. The production includes drama, songs, dance, and acrobatics.

The musical is part of the ongoing "Naruto Shin Jidai Kaimaku Project" (Naruto's New Era Opening Project) marking the 15th anniversary of Masashi Kishimoto's original manga. The manga ended in November 2014.

Source: Comic Natalie


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