‘Death Note: The Musical’ Is Coming To Japan; Listen To The First Song In English
Death Note, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s wildly popular tale of good, evil, and perfectly mussed hair, has been adapted into an anime, three live action movies, a prose novel, and various video games. In my foolishness, I’d thought we were done. I'd thought the consumption of 2007 anime clubs everywhere was enough to sate Death Note's ravenous appetite. But I was wrong—and, believe it or not, happily so. From April 6th to the 29th, Death Note The Musical will run at Tokyo’s Nissay Theater. Further performances have been scheduled in Osaka, Nagoya, and South Korea.
Beyond uniting a story marked by dramatic potato chip eating with its rightful medium at last, there’s some seriously hefty talent behind the show. Tamiya Kuriyama, formerly the artistic director of the New National Theatre, Tokyo, will direct the production. Composer Frank Wildhorn, best known for writing Whitney Houston’s “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?,” will pen the score with the help of his longtime collaborator, Tony-nominated lyricist Jack Murphy. Ivan Menchell of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Bonnie and Clyde fame will write the script.
Death Note The Musical will not be the first anime adaptation for much of the cast—Kenji Urai, formerly of the Sailor Moon stage musicals, will share the role of Light Yagami with Hayato Kakizawa, while Teppei Koike, star of the live action Love*Com movie, will play L. We can only hope they are, at this very moment, perfecting their takes on "brooding teenage god complex."
Though there are no plans, at present, to stage Death Note The Musical outside east Asia, you can listen to the production’s first full English song right here, as sung by Broadway talents Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, Smash) and Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys, Beautiful). I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a new generation of fangirls to take lines like, “What does he do/late at night/when the world is sleeping” to all kinds of fascinating new places.