Comments on: Ikiru musical to premiere this October http://akirakurosawa.info/2018/03/01/ikiru-musical-premiere-october/ A website devoted to the study and appreciation of Akira Kurosawa's works and related subjects Sat, 14 Apr 2018 16:39:16 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 By: Ugetsu http://akirakurosawa.info/2018/03/01/ikiru-musical-premiere-october/#comment-43260 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 16:39:16 +0000 http://akirakurosawa.info/?p=10510#comment-43260 Thats interesting, I hadn’t heard of that film. I see there was a 2006 remake, starring Queen Latifah and LL Cool J and it seems to have been a modest success.

Looking at the synopsis, there are similarities, but also very significant differences, not least that so far as I can see they hero(ine) wasn’t actually sick. If I’m not mistaken, Kurosawa tended to be quite open on his western influences, so I’d be surprised if it was an influence and had been overlooked.

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By: chomei http://akirakurosawa.info/2018/03/01/ikiru-musical-premiere-october/#comment-43259 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:16:17 +0000 http://akirakurosawa.info/?p=10510#comment-43259 I’ve wondered if there was a movie that might have inspired Ikiru. In 1950 there was a British movie called Last Holiday starring Alec Guinness.
A colorless boring man is told he’s dying and transforms himself and the people he comes in contact with. Sound familiar?

Is it possible that film was shown in Tokyo and that Kurosawa saw it?

Does anyone have any thoughts?

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By: lawless http://akirakurosawa.info/2018/03/01/ikiru-musical-premiere-october/#comment-43258 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:51:04 +0000 http://akirakurosawa.info/?p=10510#comment-43258 Please, no Hollywood remake.

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By: Ugetsu http://akirakurosawa.info/2018/03/01/ikiru-musical-premiere-october/#comment-43256 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 22:38:32 +0000 http://akirakurosawa.info/?p=10510#comment-43256 Dreamworks was looking at doing a Hollywood remake of Ikiru a few years ago, but that idea seems to have faded away. Who knows, maybe if the musical is a success it might revive that idea.

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By: chomei http://akirakurosawa.info/2018/03/01/ikiru-musical-premiere-october/#comment-43255 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 21:21:01 +0000 http://akirakurosawa.info/?p=10510#comment-43255 Very exciting, one can imagine the Ginza sequence as a real show stopper. At first I thought how weird, but hopefully it will be a success. If so it will probably be staged in the US one of these days.

Should also increase interest in AK, so good all around.

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By: Ugetsu http://akirakurosawa.info/2018/03/01/ikiru-musical-premiere-october/#comment-43253 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:50:31 +0000 http://akirakurosawa.info/?p=10510#comment-43253 Just goes to show I know nothing about musicals! I’ve only been to one professional show in my life, ‘American Idiot’.

Interesting to see that Masachika Ichimura is recovering from stomach cancer, so I’d imagine he has quite a personal stake in the performance.

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By: Vili Maunula http://akirakurosawa.info/2018/03/01/ikiru-musical-premiere-october/#comment-43252 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:24:36 +0000 http://akirakurosawa.info/?p=10510#comment-43252 I think that this indeed is a Broadway style production. Combined, the creative team has lots of experience in that genre, with titles like Jesus Christ Superstar, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Evita, Les Misérables and many others populating their resumes. I know nothing about the Japanese musical scene, but this really looks like a big name production.

Double casting refers to two actors preparing for the same role and taking turns playing it. It’s quite typical in bigger musical productions, as singing from one night to another, especially if there are some matinee performances in between, can be quite tough. So, there’s just one production.

In some productions you actually still have both actors on stage, but alternating between two roles — one night in a more demanding role, another night resting in a less central one. And of course, sometimes it is done for artistic reasons. Although it wasn’t a musical, when Danny Boyle directed Frankenstein for the National Theatre in London some years back, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternated in the lead roles: one night you had Miller as the monster and Cumberbatch as the scientist, another night it was reversed. It was quite interesting to see both versions, as the two actors have a very different physicality to their acting, and I thought it really affected the story.

As I understand it, and this comes from all sorts of bits and pieces that I was able to find online, the male leads in the Ikiru adaptation will be alternating from one night to another (and it’s actually not the first time that Ichimura and Kaga have shared a role this way), while the female leads will in fact tackle two roles, alternating between Toyo and the less central role of Watanabe’s daughter-in-law Kazue, and therefore appear every night. But I’m not a hundred percent sure about this.

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By: Ugetsu http://akirakurosawa.info/2018/03/01/ikiru-musical-premiere-october/#comment-43251 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 08:46:17 +0000 http://akirakurosawa.info/?p=10510#comment-43251 This looks really interesting. I assume that its a ‘western’ i.e. Broadway style musical since the score is being written by Howland?

Is double casting usual for something like this? I assumed when I first read it that the actors would have on-stage alter-ego’s, or does it just mean there will be two touring versions?

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