Live-Action Naruto Play Promises Summer Of Theatrical Kick-Assery
With the most recent release of in-costume cast photos which show the cast together for the first time, now more than ever the live-action Naruto stage production appears to have dotted their i’s and crossed all their t’s to provide a summer of kick-ass performances.
The Naruto stage play still has a long way to go before it matches the 15-year longevity of the manga that kicked off the franchise, or the 14 years and counting of its anime adaptation. Still, after a successful run last spring, the Live Spectacle Naruto production is coming back for new performances this summer.
In addition to first-ever character appearances such as Rock Lee, this summer’s Live Spectacle Naruto will have spruced up visuals and a new soundtrack (although the same main theme from last year’s play will be used).
It’ll also mark the live-action debut for one member of the Naruto pantheon, and a pair of returning characters will be portrayed by new actors. The series’ core quartet, though, Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, and Hinata, are still played by Kodai Matsuoka, Ryuji Sato, Yui Ito, and Saki Takahashi.
The play opens on July 30 at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka, with its run at the venue scheduled to end on August 7. From August 13, the show moves to the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo in the Japanese capital’s Shibuya neighborhood, before the curtain falls for good on August 28. The vast majority of tickets are priced at 7,800 yen (US$73), although if you’re willing to sit in the back two rows of the Umeda Arts Theater or the back three of the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo, you can save yourself 2,000 yen with the discounted tickets for those far-off seats.
Tickets go on sale May 29 at 10 a.m., at which time they’ll be available here through the Lawson Ticket website, or directly inside Lawson or Mini Stop convenience stores.