Your Lie in April Stage Play Video Shows Clips From Performance

posted on by Karen Ressler
Play runs in Tokyo, Osaka in August-September

Avex Pictures began streaming a promotional video for the stage play adaptation of Naoshi Arakawa's Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) manga on Friday, showing clips from the performance. The website also announced that the play will get a Blu-ray Disc and DVD release on January 26, 2018.

The play stars:

Shintarō Anzai as protagonist Kōsei Arima

Arisa Matsunaga as Kaori Miyazono

Misato Kawauchi as Tsubaki Sawabe, Kōsei's childhood friend

Masanari Wada as Ryōta Watari, Kōsei and Tsubaki's childhood friend who is popular with women

Haruka Yamashita as Emi Igawa, a girl who began playing piano because she looked up to Kōsei

Shōjirō Yokoi as Takeshi Aiza, a top-class pianist

Takako Nakamura as Yuriko Ochiai

Shun Mikami as Akira Takayanagi

Haruka Igarashi as Nao Kashiwagi

Kuniko Kodama as Hiroko Seto

Ryōko Tanaka as Saki Arima

The play had its first performance at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo on Thursday and it will run until September 3. It will then run at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka from September 7 to 10. Naohiro Ise is directing the play, and and Kaori Miura is penning the script. The play will have live musical performances, featuring Yuta Matsumura on the piano and Shuko Kobayashi on the violin.

Arakawa's original manga follows Kōsei Arima, a former child prodigy who lost his ability to play the piano when his mother died. His daily life is monochrome, but it begins to gain color when he meets a female violinist by chance. Kaori Miyazono is an audacious go-getter who is overflowing with personality. Enchanted by the girl, Kōsei begins to rediscover his love for piano when Kaori invites him to be her accompanist for a competition.

A television anime series adaptation of Arakawa's manga premiered in 2014. Aniplex of America streamed the anime on the Aniplex Channel, Hulu, and Crunchyroll as it aired in Japan. The company released the series on home video with an English dub. The manga also received a live-action film adaptation, which opened in Japan last September.

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