Japanese manga Death Note will have its musical stage adaptation debut in 2015, and will be shown both in Japan and South Korea with different sets of casts for both. Famous Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn whose works include “Jekyll & Hyde” and “Bonnie & Clyde”, and music for the late Whitney Houston, will write the musical score for the stage adaptation.
While the cast members are different for Japan and South Korea, Tamiya Kuriyama will direct and cast for both the productions. Broadway veterans Jack Murphy will write the musical lyrics and Ivan Menchell for the main script, which will include a lot of Japanese and Korean translations.
Death Note is ultimately a detective story, where Light Yagami plays the villain and “L” is the detective who is tasked to catch him. Light found a mysterious notebook and used it to have a criminal-free world by his own brand of vigilante justice, writing down perpetrators’ names in the notebook and envisioning their faces, and subsequently killing them, and it is up to L to end Light’s killing spree. The musical premier of Death Note will be in April 2015 in Tokyo’s Nissay Theatre, as well as being staged at Seoul’s LG Art Center in South Korea.
[via Digital Journal]