3rd Hetalia Stage Musical's Title, Cast Revealed

posted on 2017-04-20 17:15 EDT
Gaku Takamoto joins cast as Prussia for July musical

The official website for the stage musical adaptations of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia - Axis Powers manga announced the third musical's title and cast on Thursday. The musical is titled Hetalia ~in the new world~. Gaku Takamoto, pictured below, is joining the cast as Prussia.

The cast members returning from the second musical are as follows:

Ryōki Nagae (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Satomi Hakkenden) as Italy

Yūsuke Ueda (Ace of Diamond stage play) as Germany

Keisuke Ueda (Yowamushi Pedal) as Japan

Ryūko Isogai as America

Daisuke Hirose as England

Juri as France

Yūki Yamaoki as Russia

Taishi Sugie as China

In addition, Takuya Kikuchi (also known as ROU, pictured below) is returning from the first musical as Austria.

Yūsei Naruse (Yowamushi Pedal, Diabolik Lovers stage plays) is again writing the script for the musical, and Kōtarō Yoshitani (Sengoku Musou, Amnesia, Bakumatsu Rock stage plays, Alice in the Country of Hearts musical, La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky musical) is returning to direct. tak is again composing the music and MAMORU is again handling choreography.

The musical will run from July 15-17 at NHK Osaka Hall in Osaka, and then from July 21-August 2 at Theatre 1010 in Tokyo.

The first stage musical, Hetalia ~Singin' in the World~, ran at the Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi in December 2015. The second stage musical, Hetalia ~The Great World~, ran at Osaka's Morinomiya Piloti Hall and Tokyo's Theatre 1010 in November. The musical's last performance had a live viewing in theaters nationwide.

Himaruya's original manga takes the archetypal characteristics of countries and regions throughout the world, and anthropomorphizes them as (mostly) bishōnen characters. Right Stuf released the manga in North America in collaboration with its former English-language publisher, Tokyopop, and its Japanese publisher Gentosha Comics.

Hetalia The World Twinkle, the sixth anime season inspired by Himaruya's manga, premiered in Japan in July 2015, and Funimation streamed the series as it aired. Funimation has released all the anime seasons and the Hetalia Axis Powers: Paint it, White! film in North America.

[Via Comic Natalie]

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