Black Rose Alice Stage Play Casts Hideo Ishiguro as Dimitri

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Play adapting Setona Mizushiro's vampire manga runs in Tokyo in May

The official website for the stage play adaptation of Setona Mizushiro's Black Rose Alice (Kurobara Alice) manga announced on Wednesday that Hideo Ishiguro (Ultraman Orb's Gai, live-action Gokusen's Kengo, live-action Princess Princess D's Haruka) will play Dimitri Lewandowski. The play will run at Tokyo's Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi from May 12 to May 21.

In the play's story, Dimitri is a popular 18th-century opera singer in Vienna. He appears in modern-day Japan as a vampire. This role is Ishiguro's first in a stage play in three years.

Makoto Kimura (Persona 3, Samurai Cats stage plays) is directing the play and Muck Akazawa (Ensemble Stars! stage play, Seraph of the End musical) is writing the script. Shintarō Mieda is composing the music.

The vampire manga revolves around Dimitri, a tenor singer in Vienna who miraculously survives an accident. Since then, Dimitri's body has felt odd. One day after a rehearsal, Dimitri's lover, theatre manager, and other performers suddenly commit mass suicide. A man named Maximilian then confronts Dimitri and tells him he has become a vampire.

Mizushiro launched the manga in Akita Shoten's Monthly Princess magazine in 2008. The author put the manga on indefinite hiatus in 2012. Akita Shoten published the sixth volume in 2011, and Shogakukan released collected reprint volumes this year. Viz Media licensed the manga, and released the sixth volume in November 2015.

Go! Comi published Mizushiro's After School Nightmare manga, JManga published part of her Dousei Ai manga, and Tokyopop released her X-Day manga in 2003. She ended her Un chocolatier de l'amour perdu (Shitsuren Chocolatier) in December 2014. Shogakukan published the manga's ninth and final volume in February 2015. The series has more than 2.7 million copies in circulation.

Source: Comic Natalie

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