Musical debuts in Tokyo’s Imperial Theater on February 6-28
The staff for the stage musical adaptation of “Phantom Blood,” the first arc of Hirohiko Araki‘s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga, revealed the cast and visuals on Tuesday.
The cast includes:
Yūya Matsushita and Shotaro Arisawa as Jonathan Joestar
Mamoru Miyano as Dio Brando
Miisha Shimizu as Erina Pendleton
Young Dais as Robert E.O. Speedwagon
Yoshihisa Higashiyama and Yūsuke Hirose as Will A Zeppeli
Yamato Kochi as Jack the Ripper
Jumpei Shimada as Wang Chan
Kong Kuwata as Dario Brando
Tetsuya Bessho as George Joestar I
The musical will debut in Tokyo’s Imperial Theater on February 6-28. It will then run at Hokkaido’s Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater Hitaru from March 26-30 and Hyogo Performing Arts Center – KOBELCO Grand Hall from April 9-14.
Nei Hasegawa is directing the musical. Hasegawa previously directed, scripted, and choreographed the stage adaptation of Araki’s Shikei Shikkōchū Datsugoku Shinkōchū manga in 2015. French composer Dove Attia is composing the music for the production. Tsuneyasu Motoyashi (My Hero Academia stage productions) is penning the script.
Viz Media is releasing the various JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series in English, including Phantom Blood. Viz Media describes the beginning of the arc:
Young Jonathan Joestar’s life is forever changed when he meets his new adopted brother, Dio. For some reason, Dio has a smoldering grudge against him and derives pleasure from seeing him suffer. But every man has his limits, as Dio finds out. This is the beginning of a long and hateful relationship!
The first arc inspired a 2000-2002 original video anime run, a 2007 anime film prequel, and a 2012-2013 television anime series.
Araki launched The JOJOLands manga, the ninth and latest part of his JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series, in Ultra Jump on February 17.