What involves thoughts once you consider a stage musical? Maybe a bunch of cats, singing about issues they bear in mind or some man with half a masks and a means too possessive crush on a woman?
Well how about a bunch of muscle-bound martial artists punching one another till someone’s head explodes?
Japan’s Horipro Stage theatrical manufacturing group has introduced that it’s at present growing an adaptation of “Fist of the North Star,” the Nineteen Eighties anime/manga traditional about martial artist Kenshiro wandering a put up nuclear-war world and defending the weak along with his strain point-targeting punches and kicks. Even by ‘80s anime requirements, “Fist of the North Star” is shockingly violent, however Horipro is planning not solely to show it right into a stage play, however a musical as properly.
Playing the lead function as Kenshiro will probably be 32-year-old Yusuke Onuki, an skilled musical actor whose previous roles embrace “Marry Poppins’” Bert and “Billy Elliot: The Musical’s” older Billy of their Japanese productions. Realizing that Kenshiro is of a beefier construct than the everyday musical male lead, Onuki has been working with a persona coach because the begin of the ear to construct muscle and minimize physique fats. “Physically, this is going to be an extremely demanding production,” the Kanagawa Prefecture native says in regard to having to sing, dance, and struggle on stage. At the identical time, he’s wanting ahead to portraying considered one of Japan’s most acknowledged and standard popular culture characters. “’Fist of the North Star’ is a series that has been loved by so many people for such a long time. I feel a lot of pressure, so I want to turn in a performance that people will be satisfied with.”
▼ Kenshiro (left) and Onuki (proper)
Other solid members introduced to this point are Takuya Uehara and Kandai Ueda “double cast” as Kenshiro’s rival Shin, to make use of the Japanese stage time period for 2 actors who play the identical character in several performances.
Kanata Irei and Rio Uehara will alternate as Rei and Juza…
…and Kazuki Kato and Ryunosuke Onoda double solid as Toki, the one considered one of Kenshiro’s brothers with out an unquenchable lust for energy.
Pointedly, Raoh, Kenshiro’s biggest adversary, is listed within the solid of characters for the musical, however with no connected actor but introduced.
With 27 collected manga volumes and over 150 anime episodes, “Fist of the North Star” is a protracted collection, and it’s unlikely the musical will adapt your entire saga. In describing the musical’s story, although, the play’s official web site references the assassination of Kenshiro’s grasp Ryuken by Raoh and the kidnapping of his lover Yuria by Shin, so it’s a protected wager that the hero’s battles towards these two antagonists will probably be lined to some extent.
On the manufacturing aspect, “Fist of the North Star-Hokuto no Ken” (the official title makes use of each the collection’ English and Japanese names) is a global effort, with a Japanese director and playwright, Sachiko Ishimaru and Ako Takahashi, Chinese choreographer, Zhao Ming, and American composer, Frank Wildhorn. Wildhorn, who’s coincidentally married to former Takarazuka actress Yoka Wao, additionally offered the music for “Death Note: The Musical,” one other Horipro Stage manufacturing.
Fist of the North Star-Hokuto no Ken will premiere at Tokyo’s Nissay Theatre this December, and the producers say it’s going to even be carried out in China someday in 2022.
Related: Fist of the North Star-Hokuto no Ken musical official web site
Source: Horipro Stage, Nissay Theater, Daily through Otakomu
Images: Fist of the North Star-Hokuto no Ken musical official web site
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