When HoriPro released footage from the show's rehearsal, the whole world watched both Kira actors singing Bunkiten - Crossroads or Junction, in English - as our hitherto only sneak preview of Frank Wildhorn's Death Note Musical score.
There's more where that came from!
The blarb beneath the YouTube video reckons this happened on November 10th 2014, but as it was posted on the 9th, I doubt that very much. (L has nothing on my observation skills....)
Featured in this theatrical Death Note press conference - or at least the footage thereof - were Kira actors Hayato Kakizawa and Kenji Urai; Fūka Yuzuki playing Misa Amane; Teppei Koike as L; and Takeshi Kaga waxing lyrical as Soichiro Yagami, aka Kira's dad.
So what did they say? As usual, I'm having to rely upon second hand sources for this, as my Japanese is woefully non-existent.
- A rather garbled Google Translate reading - of the YouTube video's descriptive text - suggests that L actor Teppei Koike elicited laughter when he revealed his nerves.
Something about tension in prior practice sessions sparking 2.5 times a day and his hands sweating, as he performed his number with Misa actress Fūka Yuzuki. Though Koike's experience of singing today was quite amazing.
A better translation would be greatly appreciated!
- Matt Schley, at Otaku USA Magazine, informs us that 'it’s mentioned they’re pretty early in the rehearsal process'.
- On The News Hub, Can Hoang Tran adds that the musical's South Korean run will involve an entirely new cast (presumably from South Korea). He also opines:
Death Note The Musical will not likely play outside Asia, unless there is a huge enough demand to see the show. It is not uncommon for video games, manga, and anime, to eventually get adapted into a stage play or musical. (Can Hoang Tran, The News Hub, November 21st 2014)
- Anime News Network contributes nothing much extra to the other two reports.
All three linger upon the fact that the Death Note stage show will open in Tokyo's Nissay Theatre on April 6th 2015. It will continue there until April 26th, before taking off on tour. Throughout May 2015, the musical will be performed in Osaka and Nagoya.
South Korea will receive Death Note the Musical from July to August 2015, but with a different cast.
That all press conference reports appear to highlight the dates and venues leads me to think that this information was what the video mostly imparts. Little new then, just quite funky to view the Death Note stars performing their musical roles in costume.