'Final' Hetalia Musical Announced for March
posted on by Karen Ressler
The official website for the stage musical adaptations of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia - Axis Powers manga revealed a new musical titled Musical Hetalia Final Live ~A World in the Universe~ on Tuesday. The play will have three performances at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on March 17 and 18.
The cast, all of whom are returning from the previous musical, includes:
- Ryōki Nagae as Italy
- Yūsuke Ueda as Germany
- Keisuke Ueda as Japan
- Ryūko Isogai as America
- Daisuke Hirose as England
- Juri as France
- Yūki Yamaoki as Russia
- Taishi Sugie as China
- Takuya Kikuchi (also known as ROU) as Austria
- Gaku Takamoto as Prussia
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 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 2016. The third stage musical, Hetalia ~in the new world~ (pictured right), Tokyo's Theatre 1010 and Osaka Hall this past summer.
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.
Source: Animate Times