Nogizaka46 Idols' Sailor Moon Musical Reveals Cast Visuals
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise revealed the cast visuals for the new Sailor Moon stage musical from the Nogizaka46 idol group last Friday.
The musical will run at The Tennōzu Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo from June 8 to 24, and at the TBS Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo from September 21 to 30. As previously announced, the Nogizaka46 members will play the main roles in the musical. The cast members are divided into "Team Moon" and "Team Star" groups, with two different sets of five actresses playing the same main roles. The two teams will alternate each day of the show's run. The website offers a detailed schedule of which teams are performing on which dates and times.
The cast includes:
Mizuki Yamashita (Team Moon, left) and Sayuri Inoue (Team Star, right) as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon
Riria Itō (Team Moon, left) and Miria Watanabe (Team Star, right) as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
Kazumi Takayama (Team Moon, left) and Ranze Terada (Team Star, right) as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars
Ami Nōjō (Team Moon, left) and Minami Umezawa (Team Star, right) as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
Hina Higuchi (Team Moon, left) and Kana Nakada (Team Star, right) as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus
Mai Shiraishi (seen below) will play the character Queen Serenity, appearing in her role in a video that will play during the performance.
Other cast members include:
- Mikako Ishii (Setsuna Meiō/Sailor Pluto in previous musicals) as Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba
- Nami Tamaki as Queen Beryl
- Chihiro Andō as Kunzite
- Sari Kojima as Zoisite
- Shin as Nephrite
- Rina Takeda as Jadeite
- Yuka Yamauchi as Naru Osaka
- Marina Tanoue as Gurio Umino
- Mayuko Kawamoto, Mayu Kaburagi, Kumiko Saitō, Ayuka Kurachi, Minami Watanabe, Mami Mitsuoka as Ensemble
"Worry Kinoshita" (Haikyu!! stage plays) is directing the new musical.
Last year's Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Le Mouvement Final- concluded the story that began in the first new Sailor Moon musical, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -La Reconquista-, in 2013. The musical ran in Tokyo from September 8-18, in Aichi from September 23-24, and in Osaka from September 29 to October 1. The musical's final performance, recorded on October 1 last year in Osaka, screened in some theaters in the United States in March, and also screened in some theaters in Canada in early April.
2013's Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -La Reconquista- was followed by Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Petite Étrangère- in 2014, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Un Nouveau Voyage- in 2015, and Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon -Amour Eternal- in 2016. The original actresses for the Inner Guardians graduated from their roles after -Un Nouveau Voyage- and a new cast was announced for the fourth musical.