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Japan Interviews

Sam Harvey of BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND at Tokyu Theatre Orb (Japan) Interview Sam Harvey of BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND at Tokyu Theatre Orb (Japan)
by Larisa Amaya-Baron - November 11, 2019, Japan

Sam Harvey is one cast member who has been with the show since the beginning. In a really fun interview session, I learned he comes back every year because he loves sharing Christmas with the world...and longs for the chicken nuggets at Japanese convenient stores??...
Choreographer Julio Monge of WEST SIDE STORY in Tokyo, Japan Interview Choreographer Julio Monge of WEST SIDE STORY in Tokyo, Japan
by Larisa Amaya-Baron - November 08, 2019, Japan

Golden nuggets of wisdom, from Julio Monge: 'Work requires work. You don't need to speak English or a common language to connect to other people. Things should be protected and blessed. The best technology in theater is the simplest one. Nothing replaces the human spirit. People are attracted to cre...
Director David Saint of WEST SIDE STORY in Tokyo, Japan Interview Director David Saint of WEST SIDE STORY in Tokyo, Japan
by Larisa Amaya-Baron - November 08, 2019, Japan

'I've had several Japanese people come up to me before and say, 'This is our story.' They were an older married couple, and I thought, 'Oh? This is a New York story, why do you say that?' And they said, 'Because, back in the late 50s early 60s, our villages were feuding, and they wouldn't allow us t...
WEST SIDE STORY on a 360 degree Stage in Tokyo! Interview WEST SIDE STORY on a 360 degree Stage in Tokyo!
by Larisa Amaya-Baron - November 06, 2019, Japan

I had the privilege of interviewing Robin de Levita, mastermind of the 360 StageAround technology, about coming to Japan and why he felt it was important to create a new live theater experience for the world. The most inspiring thing he told me was that Arts Education deserves support and respect fr...
PASSING THE BATON: DOC'S NEW MAESTRO, RICHARD CARSEY Interview PASSING THE BATON: DOC'S NEW MAESTRO, RICHARD CARSEY
by Mara Jill Herman - October 23, 2019, Japan

Brad Kelley, former conductor of Disney On Classic (DOC) recently turned over his baton to the new maestro, Richard Carsey. I was fortunate to work with Richard in New York and am thrilled for his new position with The Orchestra Japan!...
BWW Review: Toho Stage Produces BRACKEN MOOR at Theatre Creation in Tokyo Interview BWW Review: Toho Stage Produces BRACKEN MOOR at Theatre Creation in Tokyo
by Larisa Amaya-Baron - August 08, 2019, Japan

Okada Masaki gets possessed in #BrackenMoor by his BFF who died at 12-years-old, in Alexi Kaye Campbell's chilling play about loss, grief, denial, rejection, acceptance, friendship, and mental health. Playing at Toho's Theatre Creation in Tokyo, Japan until August 27th, 2019!...
BWW Review: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR Eats His Way into Tokyo, at Nakano Zero Hall Interview BWW Review: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR Eats His Way into Tokyo, at Nakano Zero Hall
by Larisa Amaya-Baron - July 26, 2019, Japan

The colorful characters of Eric Carle's books come to life on stage, gaining gentle movement, soothing voices, and quirky personalities, given to them by some of America's most talented puppeteers. Their puppets are grander than life size, and captivating to watch interact with each other. The actor...
BWW Previews: Ken Watanabe Returns to His Home Country in THE KING & I, at Tokyu Thea Interview BWW Previews: Ken Watanabe Returns to His Home Country in THE KING & I, at Tokyu Theatre Orb
by Larisa Amaya-Baron - July 11, 2019, Japan

The King & I Opens in Japan! Ken Watanabe (@Watanabe), Kelli O'Hara (@kelliohara), and Bartlett Sher (@bartlett_sher) talk about what makes this revival the best version in history....
BWW Previews: New OLIVER TWIST at Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijou Playhouse Interview BWW Previews: New OLIVER TWIST at Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijou Playhouse
by Larisa Amaya-Baron - July 09, 2019, Japan

How do you ask, 'Please, Sir, I Want Some More' in Japanese? This Tokyo version of Oliver Twist is the old story, but not as you know it - with changes like new original score and lyrics, an adult Dodger, and themes which make the audiences think deeply about life. It's a short engagement, not to be...
Crystal Kay & Shirota Yu talk PIPPIN in Japanese! Interview Crystal Kay & Shirota Yu talk PIPPIN in Japanese!
by Larisa Amaya-Baron - July 05, 2019, Japan

Crystal Kay (Leading Player) and Shirota Yu (Pippin) give us their opinions about how theater is changing in Japan, and what it was like working on such a legendary show from Broadway....
Teppei Koike & Haruma Miura of KINKY BOOTS JAPAN Talk Playing British Characters from Interview Teppei Koike & Haruma Miura of KINKY BOOTS JAPAN Talk Playing British Characters from an American Musical, in Japanese
by Larisa Amaya-Baron - May 28, 2019, Japan

Kinky Boots Lyrics in the Japanese Language? Japanese Actors Playing British Characters? How this American Musical is clashing cultures with its Spring Revival!...
Disney On Classic Retrospective - Through The Years With Brad Kelley Interview Disney On Classic Retrospective - Through The Years With Brad Kelley
by Mara Jill Herman - December 27, 2018, Japan

After 16 seasons with Disney On Classic (DOC), Brad Kelley is turning over his baton to its next music director while he begins a new music venture. I was fortunate to work with Brad last year in DOC Tokyo, and learned so much from this maestro!  ...
Disney on Classic Retrospective - Through the years with Tony Clements Interview Disney on Classic Retrospective - Through the years with Tony Clements
by Mara Jill Herman - October 30, 2018, Japan

I recently had the opportunity to interview Tony Clements, Creative Director for Harmony Japan, New York. A native of Waterford, Wisconsin, Tony spent much of his early theater years in Milwaukee. He has been with Disney on Classic since 2007 and brings a very special perspective to navigating a car...
Lawson Young of DISNEY ON CLASSIC at Tokyu Theatre Orb Interview Lawson Young of DISNEY ON CLASSIC at Tokyu Theatre Orb
by Mara Jill Herman - May 31, 2018, Japan

Originally from Saratoga Springs, New York, performer Lawson Young and I met on tour last fall in Tokyo, where she played Rapunzel in Disney On Classic's Tangled. Now Lawson returns to Japan for DOC's Spring Gala! This Broadway veteran discusses what it's like to sing with a 60-piece orchestra and t...
BIG BAND BEAT - A Day In The Life With Rhett Wheeler at Broadway Music Theatre, Tokyo Interview BIG BAND BEAT - A Day In The Life With Rhett Wheeler at Broadway Music Theatre, Tokyo DisneySea
by Mara Jill Herman - April 29, 2018, Japan

Originally from Carmel, California, performer Rhett Wheeler spent his summers growing up in the Isle of Wight, England. No stranger to travel, he has been living in Tokyo and working as a Principal Vocalist at Big Band Beat. Check out what it takes to perform at Tokyo DisneySea in this Q & A!...