“Musical HEADS UP!”

The show is set at an empty stage in a regional hall ahead of the 1,001st performance of a popular musical. The run was supposed to have ended with the 1,000th show and the set has been dismantled, but an extra performance has suddenly been added at the insistence of the lead actor. The production is beset by problems: it is short of money and staff, the stage manager is taking over for the first time, and neither the main actress nor the set has arrived just a few hours before curtain time. The determined staff work arduously to get the show up in time in boisterous song and dance. This pure entertainment celebrates the pride and passion of the unseen backstage forces who use their wits and wile to rise above their troubles to take an empty stage, assemble the set, bring the production to life, then empty the stage once more. Written by KURAMOCHI Yutaka and directed by LaSalle ISHII, it premiered at the Kanagawa Arts Theater in 2015. This video is from the subsequent revival.

Akasaka ACT Theater

Presented by: The Japan Foundation (JF) (https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/)
In cooperation with EPAD (https://epad.terrada.co.jp/)

<Performance Credits>
Playwright: KURAMOCHI Yutaka
Draft, Lyrics and Direction: Lasalle ISHII
Composer and Music Direction: TAMA Shoichi
Choreography: KAWASAKI Etsuko
Performers: AIKAWA Show, AIBA Hiroki, HASHIMOTO Jun, AOKI Sayaka, IKEDA Junya, KON Takuya, IMOARAIZAKA Kakaricho, Orenograffiti, KAGEYAMA Tai, OKADA Makoto, KAWAMOTO Akihiro, INOUE Tamami, NIIRA Etsuko, TONOOKA Erica, FUKUNAGA Yoshihiro, OTAKE Kouichi, MORIUCHI Shodai, KOUZUKI Saori, TANI Sumiko, ITO Yuka, KOBAYASHI Yurika, OZORA Yuhi, NAKAGAWA Akinori
Musicians: NAKANO Hiroko(Cond./Kbds.), KAWAKAMI Teppei(Trp.), SOEDA Naomu(Reeds), IPPON Shigeki(Bass), KAYATANI Ryoichi(Drs./Perc.)
Set Design by: ITO Masako
Lighting Design by: OISHI Shinichiro
Sound Design by: MOTOMURA Minoru
Costume Design by: MAKINO IWAO Junko
Hair and Makeup Design by: MIYAUCHI Hiroaki
Assistant Director: FUJIWARA Rie
Stage Manager: SAKAI Takeshi
Production Manager: YAMAMOTO Sonoko
Technical Director: HORIUCHI Mahito
Producer: ITO Bunichi, BABA Junko
Tokyo Performance Executive Producer: ISHII Kumiko
Video Director: SAITO Takuya
Planning and Production: Kanagawa Arts Theatre, ISHII Mitsuzo Office Co.,Ltd 

<Subtitling Credits>
Chinese Translation (Simplified): Jingnan DOU
Chinese Translation (Traditional): NITTA Yukio
English Translation: YAMAGATA Mirei
French Translation: Tony SANCHEZ
Russian Translation: Ekaterina TARASOVA
Spanish Translation: Karla TOLEDO VELARDE

<Promotional Text>

This video has been edited down to 2 hours from the original production which was 2 hours and 30 minutes long.

End date of distribution: 19/3/2023