On March 22nd, 1996, the first Resident Evil game, or Biohazard (バイオハザード), as it is known in Japan, was released. Over the 20 years since then, the long-running franchise has seen 6 numbered titles, a remake, and numerous other games, and has also inspired 5 Hollywood live-action films, 2 CGI films, many books, comics, arcade games and even a non-musical stage play in October 2015. Recently, Capcom has announced the newest addition to its venerable franchise – a musical, titled “Musical Biohazard: Voice of Gaia”.
While most of the cast has yet to be announced, it has been revealed that the main actor in this performance will be Yuzuki Reon (柚希礼音). Having debuted in 1999, she joined the Takarazuka Revue (宝塚歌劇) Star Troupe, and eventually rose to the position of Top Star in 10 years, before leaving the troupe in 2015. Her first starring role outside of the troupe, she is known to display an exceptional range of finesse and ability cultivated from her experience in Takarazuka Revue, whether it be ballet or action.
Image taken from capcom.co.jp
On the production side, the studio in charge of directing and screenplay will be G2, who will be assisted by Nakamura Hashinosuke III (三代目 中村 橋之), a kabuki actor. While the studio will have their work cut out for them, capturing the drama, action and weapons of the Resident Evil setting, and combining it with the style of a musical stage play, they have also directed numerous stage plays, such as My Fair Lady (マイ・フェア・レディ) (2013) and Wuthering Heights (嵐が丘) (2015). Nakamura Hashinosuke III himself is an Otani Takejiro (大谷竹次) Award* winner who is credited to be a “director of great diversity”.
Musical Biohazard: Voice of Gaia will be performed from 30 September 2016 to 12 October 2016 at the Akasaka ACT Theatre (赤坂ACTシアター) in Tokyo, and from 11 November 2016 to 16 November 2016 at the Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall (梅田芸術劇場メインホールに) in Osaka. Tickets are scheduled to be released for sale at the end on June.
*This is a prestigious performing arts award usually given to outstanding Japanese theatrical productions. Past recipients include Super Kabuki director Yokouchi Kensuke and Japanese playwright Nakawa Shosuke
~gloo and gamerisdc