Moriarty the Patriot Manga Inspires Stage Musical in May
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Shueisha revealed at the Jump Festa '19 event on Saturday that Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi's Yūkoku no Moriarty (Moriarty the Patriot) manga is inspiring a stage musical adaptation. The musical will run in Tokyo at the Galaxy Theatre on May 10-19, and in Osaka at the Kashiwara City Cultural-Riviere Hall on May 25-26.
The play stars:
Shōgo Suzuki as William James Moriarty
Ryō Hirano as Sherlock Holmes
Hidetoshi Kubota as Albert James Moriarty
Ikkei Yamamoto as Louis James Moriarty
Yuki Izawa as Sebastian Moran
Ryōtarō Akazawa as Fred Pollock
Kenta Kamakari as John H. Watson
Takuo Yamagishi as Baron Dublin
Kōji Kominami as Count Enders
Jump SQ. had teased a "project" for the manga in October, but the project turned out to be a character popularity poll to commemorate the manga reaching 1 million copies in print. Voting for the poll ended on December 4, and the magazine's April 2019 issue on March 4 will reveal the results.
The manga debuted in August 2016. Takeuchi draws the storyboards and Miyoshi provides the art. The seventh volume shipped on November 7. A novel also shipped on November 7.
The story's protagonist is James Moriarty, the famous antagonist from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series. In the manga, he is an orphan who assumes the name William James Moriarty when he and his younger brother are adopted into the Moriarty family. As a young man, he seeks to remove the ills caused by England's strict class system.