‘Death Note’ Musical to Get English Language Premiere
Following productions in Japan (2015) and Korea (2022), Death Note: The Musical will get its English language premiere with two concerts at The London Palladium on August 21 and 22, 2023.
Based on the best-selling Japanese manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the musical has a score by Frank Wildhorn, with lyrics by Jack Murphy and book by Ivan Menchell. According to WhatsOnStage, Nick Winston (who also serves as choreographer), is set to direct the production, which is produced by Carter Dixon McGill Production and Indie Theatrical.
The story follows Light Yagami, a bright but dissatisfied high school student in Tokyo who comes across a discarded notebook owned by Ryuk, a mythological god of death. Discovering he can kill anyone by just writing their names in the supernatural notebook, Light takes justice into his own hands by filling the notebook with names of the nation’s most wanted criminals. But a detective only known as “L” is soon tracking him down…
Home-grown artist and UK-based theater actor Joaquin Pedro Valdes will star as Light. Also starring are Frances Mayli McCann, who will play the model Misa, and Dean John-Wilson, who will play the international consulting detective “L.”
The creative team also includes Alex Sarmiento (associate director and choreographer), Kimie Nakano (costume designer), Katy Richardson (musical supervisor), Chris Ma (musical director), Jason Howland (orchestrator), Justin Williams (designer), Ben Cracknell (lighting designer), Ben Harrison (sound designer), and Harry Blumenau (casting director).