Prelude for the Sorcerer production to start in June; Code Geass stage play also lined up
The mecha anime Code Geass will have two stage adaptations this year: a stage play titled Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion on Stage: Riot’s Eve; and a musical billed as Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion -Prelude for the Sorcerer-, which will feature an all-male cast.
The two theater acts have recently revealed their cast of characters in their respective websites. The stage play Riot’s Eve, which will run 13 shows from April 7 to 16 at the Katsushika Symphony Hills Mozart Hall, have designed their characters to be as close to the original as possible, right down to the anime-style hair. The musical Prelude for the Sorcerer, on the other hand, took a more theatrical approach into their design, with their costumes showing only a slight semblance to the original.
Prelude for the Sorcerer, which will run 16 shows from June 28 to July 8 at the Galaxy Theater in Tokyo, will have all of its characters, including the three female ones, played by an all-male cast. This is a possible throwback to Kabuki-style theater where all characters, male and female, were played by male actors.
Many of the musical’s cast members are no stranger to stage and film adaptations of popular anime and manga series. Shinpei Takagi, Mio Acaba, Taisuke Wada, and Kento Ono have all played various roles in the immensely popular musicals of The Prince of Tennis. Shinpei Takagi and his twin brother Manpei have also starred in, among other things, the live-action TV drama adaptation of Ouran High School Host Club as the Hitachiin twins, while Mio Acaba also played different characters in two movie adaptations of the Takumi-kun series of shounen-ai novels and manga.
There two stage adaptations are among the numerous projects that are lined up for the Code Geass franchise this year. A film adaptation, a social-network game, and a new OVA have also been announced by Bandai last January 15.
Many thanks to Ginnie Carandang for the additional info on the cast!
UPDATE: Corrected some info regarding Mio Acaba’s role in the Takumi-kun movie series as “two movie adaptations,” not “first two movie adaptations.”
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