Your Lie in April Stage Musical Postponed to Next May Cause of COVID-19

The official website for Naoshi Arakawa's Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) manga stage musical revealed on Wednesday that the musical will now run at Tokyo's Nissay Theatre from May 7 to 29, 2022, before touring throughout Japan from June to July.

The musical was supposed to open in July 2020, but it was postponed due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The musical is being scored by Frank Wildhorn, an American composer best known for songs sung by Whitney Houston ("Where Do Broken Hearts Go?") and Natalie Cole. Wildhorn previously composed the score for Death Note the Musical and is a Broadway veteran of hit musicals such as Jekyll & Hyde and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Tracy Miller Schell and Carly Robyn Green collaborated with Wildhorn on the lyrics. The musical's arrangement and orchestration are overseen by composer Jason Howland (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Jekyll & Hyde). The musical is directed by Ikko Ueda, and the book is written by Riko Sakaguchi (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Mary, and The Witch's Flower).

In the role of protagonist Kosei Arima, Yuta Koseki (top row left in image above) and Tatsunari Kimura (top row centre) are double cast. Kaori Miyazono is played by Erika Ikuta (top row right). Tsubaki Suwabe is played by Fuka Yuzuki (bottom row left). Ryota Watari is played by Koki Mizuta (bottom row centre) and Takuto Teranishi (bottom row right).

Arakawa's original manga:
The manga first appeared in Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine in 2011, and it ran until February 2015. In May 2015, Kodansha released the 11th and final compiled volume in Japan, which came with an OVA episode. In 2013, the series won the Best Shnen Manga category at Kodansha's 37th Annual Manga Awards. Kodansha Comics published the manga in North America, and the 11th and final volume was released in December 2018.

In 2014, a television anime series based on Arakawa's manga debuted. As the anime aired in Japan, Aniplex of America streamed it on the Aniplex Channel, Hulu, and Crunchyroll. The series was released on home video with an English dub by the company. The manga was also adapted into a live-action film, which premiered in Japan in September 2016. In 2017, a non-musical stage play premiered.

Sources: Your Lie in April stage musical's website, Comic Natalie, Anime News Network


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