In the past, there were many examples of stage actors who ventured into the then-new technologies of film and television. Even now, the trend continues, exemplified by actors such as Tatsuya Fujiwara and Shun Oguri. But did you know that there are popular young actors from movies and TV dramas who are actively working on stage productions?
Because it’s live, there’s no fixing mistakes and no room for deception. Let’s introduce some of these young actors who have the courage to take to the stage.
○ Masaki Okada
“Go Go Boys, Go Go Heaven” (2016) Written and directed by Matsuo Suzuki. Starring Sadao Abe, Masaki Okada, Shinobu Terashima. A wartime road movie and homosexual romance from Matsuo Suzuki. Masaki Okada is acclaimed in a duel role as an attractive go go boy and the former manager who has an affair with the wife of an author (played by Sadao Abe).
○ Haruma Miura
“Kinky Boots” (2016) Japanese production version/performance libretto: Goro Kishitani. Starring Teppei Koike, Haruma Miura. Based on the movie “Kinky Boots,” this Broadway musical with songs by Cyndi Lauper and a script by Harvey Fierstein has been staged all over the world. Miura shows off his excellent dancing and singing skills in his spirited take on the role of drag queen Lola.
○ Maki Horikita
“Wuthering Heights” (2015) Translation/script/direction by G2. Starring Maki Horitaka, Kouji Yamamoto, Kazuya Takahashi, and Keiko Toda. One of the great world novels, and considered along with King Lear and Moby Dick to be one of the three great tragedies of English literature, Emily Bronte’s work is brought to the stage by Maki Horitaka, Kouji Yamamoto, and Keiko Toda. Maki Horitaka takes on the role of a woman who was raised wild and who, lacking her own personality, lives only for love.
○ Nozomi Sasaki
“Brocken Spectre” (2015). Written and directed by Yutaka Kuramochi. Starring Naoto Takenaka, Katsuhisa Namase, Nozomi Sasaki, and Keiko Takahashi. A strange and wonderful comedy with Naoto Takenaka and Katsuhisa Namase. In her stage debut, Nozomi Sasaki takes on the difficult role of a character with two personalities.
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