Naruto: Song of the Akatsuki Musical Reveals More Cast in Costume

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Musical runs in Osaka, Tokyo from October through December

This year's 25th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed images of five more characters in costume on Monday for the new run of the Live Spectacle Naruto: Akatsuki no Shirabe (Live Spectacle Naruto: Song of the Akatsuki) stage musical.

Yui Itō as Sakura

Yūki Kimisawa as Kakashi

Rei Fujita as Yamato

Fūma Sadamoto as Sai

Seshiru Daigo as Tsunade

All but Sadamoto are returning from the previous run of the show.

The official website for the musical began streaming a video featuring the main three cast members on April 21.

Returning cast members include: Kōdai Matsuoka as Naruto Uzumaki, Ryūji Satō as Sasuke Uchiha, and Shinji Rachi as Itachi Uchiha. The play will have a total of 17 cast members and six ensemble members. Akiko Kodama again is directing the musical and writing the script, and Shunsuke Wada is again composing the music.

The play will run in Osaka from October 25 through November 4, then in Tokyo from November 8-10 and November 15-December 1.

Live Spectacle Naruto: Akatsuki no Shirabe first ran in Tokyo in May-June 2017, in Osaka in June 2017, then again in Tokyo in July-August 2017. The musical had a performance in Singapore in June 2017 with the English title Naruto: Song of the Akatsuki.

The first musical held performances from March to May 2015 in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka, and Miyagi. The musical then held international performances in Macau, Malaysia, and Singapore. The second run of the musical ran in Osaka and Tokyo from July-August 2016.

The first Live Spectacle Naruto musical covered the manga's story from the first to 27th volume. The production included drama, songs, dance, and acrobatics.

Masashi Kishimoto's original manga has also inspired a kabuki play that ran from August 4-27 at the Shinbashi Enbujō theater in Tokyo, and will also run at the the historical Minamiza Theatre in Kyoto from June 2-28.

Sources: Weekly Shonen Jump issue 25, Comic Natalie

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