A New Musical
- Music & Arrangement by Jason Howland
- Book and Lyrics by Chikae Takahashi
- Directed by Amon Miyamoto
Starring Masachika Ichimura & Takeshi Kaga (double cast)
8 – 28 October, 2018
TBS Akasaka ACT Theatre
- In 1952, the world-renowned film director Akira Kurosawa released one of his masterpieces, IKIRU. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of his passing away, the award-winning film is now adapted into a new musical.
- Directed by the international stage director Amon Miyamoto (Pacific Overtures, The Fantasticks, Sweeney Todd) and music by Grammy award-winner Jason Howland (Beautiful, Little Women), this production marks the first musical theatre adaptation of any Kurosawa films.
- The main role, Kanji Watanabe, will be played alternately by two legends of the Japanese musical world, Masachika Ichimura and Takeshi Kaga.
- Kanji Watanabe, a director of Community Services Department at a municipal office, has worked monotonously as a bureaucrat for thirty years and raised his son, Mitsuo, as a single father after his wife passed away. Despite Watanabe’s efforts to connect with Mitsuo, recently Mitsuo and Mitsuo’s wife, who live with Watanabe, seem to care only about building a new life with their unborn child.
- One day, Watanabe learns he has stomach cancer and discovers his remaining life is limited. However, with his relationship with Mitsuo already starting to fall apart, Watanabe cannot tell him about the stomach cancer. Looking back on his life, he is shocked to realize he has not done anything meaningful, nothing he can leave behind for future generations.
- To escape from the reality, Watanabe withdraws his savings and goes out to town one evening. However, he doesn’t know how to spend the money or where to go to enjoy nightlife. Having been a simple and honest man for the past 30 years, he has never even gone out to drink with his own money.
- At a bar he wanders in, Watanabe meets a Writer. Interested in Watanabe’s situation, the Writer takes him out on a drinking spree to show him how to have fun in life. However, Watanabe cannot clear his mind at all and emptiness remains in his heart.
- The next day, Toyo Odagiri, a young colleague at the office comes to visit Watanabe. Seeing her youthful cheerfulness filled with hope, Watanabe discovers what has been missing from his life. And he realizes what he must do with his remaining time. . .
* This show is presented in Japanese.
* No subtitles.