'Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon' The Super Live: March 24 at Warner Theatre
BASED ON PRETTY GUARDIAN SAILOR MOON
BY NAOKO TAKEUCHI,
PUBLISHED BY KODANSHA
DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY
BOOK BY AKIKO KODAMA
MUSIC BY HYADAIN
Performance: Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 7PM
featuring an all female cast
Warner Theatre (13th Street, between E & F Streets, NW, Washington, DC)
“Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live (http://sailormoon- official.com/stage/superlive/us), a new live 2.5D Musical entertainment based on the wildly popular manga (Japanese comic book), will take place at the Warner Theatre (13th Street, between E & F Streets, NW, Washington, DC) for one performance on March 24, 2019 at 7PM. Directed and choreographed by TAKAHIRO (Madonna's Sticky and Sweet Tour), book written by Akiko Kodama (Takarazuka Revue Company), and music by HYADAIN (Momoiro Clover Z; AKB48), “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live will have its U.S. premiere in Washington, D.C. for one performance only at the Warner Theatre on March 24, followed by three performances in New York. With its themes of love, justice and friendship, the musical features an all-female cast; male characters are also played by women.
One of the most popular manga of all time, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon has sold over 36 million copies worldwide. Created by Naoko Takeuchi, Sailor Moon began as a manga in 1991 in Japan in the girl's comic magazine, “Nakayosi”, published by Kodansha. It was subsequently adapted as an anime program (Japanese animation), and a live-action television program. A sequel to the series is also now in production. In “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live, the characters come to life to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Sailor Moon publication. The brand has generated $5 billion in merchandise sales.
“Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live marks the first time a 2.5D Musical will be on an American stage. 2.5D musicals, which began around 2000, are based on popular contemporary Japanese culture: manga, anime and video games. Manga and anime are in 2D, and live theatre is in 3D. Therefore, performances based on manga and anime are 2.5D. A theatre has been built in Japan solely to house this popular new form of entertainment.
“At its core, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is about strong girlfriends banding together to fight for what they believe in...that's timely,” said producer Takaharu Uera. “Sailor Moon and her Sailor Guardians are equipped with powers that help them defeat evil. The characters are imbued with the self-determination to make their own confident decisions. We look forward to introducing American audiences to Sailor Moon, her Guardians and the 2.5D musical experience.”
This production of “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live premiered on August 31, 2018 at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo. After its world premiere in Tokyo, it was performed in Paris in November 2018, and will be making its American premiere in Washington and New York in March 2019.
“Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live will be performed in Japanese with English subtitles in Washington, D.C.
The cast of “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live includes: Tomomi Kasai, Momoko Kaechi, Yui Hasegawa, Kanna Matsuzaki, Yu Nakanishi, Makoto Aikawa, Reo Sanada, Atsumi Matsubayashi, Izumi Niihashi, Ayumi Higashikawa, Moeko Koizumi, Hinako Aikawa and Riona Tatemichi.
“Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live in Washington, D.C. is organized by The Japan Foundation and Nelke Planning in collaboration with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Embassy of Japan. This special performance will be presented as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival which celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan through four weeks of diverse and creative programming.
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“Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live will be performed at the Warner Theatre (13th Street, between E & F Streets, NW, Washington, DC) on March 24, 2019 at 7PM.
Tickets are $27.00 - $72.00. Premium seats are available. *Facility Fee ($3.00) is not included.
For tickets, please visit www.livenation.com or www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-551-7328. Tickets are also available in person at the Warner Theatre Box Office.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
The cast members of “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live will make their North American debut at the National Cherry Blossom Festival's Opening Ceremony to be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Warner Theatre, where special selections from the show will be performed.