The 40th anniversary of Galaxy Express 999 is going to be celebrated with a unique stage play adaptation. Akinori Nakagawa, who won the 24th Yomiuri Theater Award in the category of best actor, will play the hero, Tetsuro Hoshino. Former Takarazuka top star Kaname Ouki, popular actor Toshiyuki Someya, famous Japanese musical actor Genki Hirakata, Kei Miyahara, popular voice stage actor Miyu Irino, and Yoko Yazawa were all cast for the production as well. Haruka has been cast for the role of Maetel.
The cast will work together for the first time. They will show a story of love, friendship, and adventure that still fascinates many fans today. The stage play will retell the events of the 1979 movie, until Tetsuro Hoshino confronts his old nemesis Count Mecha, and will add some original scenes.
Comment from Leiji Matsumoto (original author)
I am still travelling with Tetsuro. The final stop is still far away. I am really looking forward to the stage play Galaxy Express 999 ~Galaxy Opera~. Haruka, who is playing Maetel, is very beautiful, elegant, and soft. She is very suitable to play Maetel. I am sure she will give strength to the guys. I am also very honored and grateful that Akinori Nakagawa will be playing my alter ego, Tetsuro. I am very happy.
Comment from Akinori Nakagawa (Tetsuro Hoshino)
It’s been 40 years since Galaxy Express 999 was born. To become a part of Leiji Matsumoto through Tetsuro makes the joy and nervousness in my heart overlap. Making this wonderful stage adaptation, even now I notice that I feel touched. I will give my best with all the people involved to bring Galaxy Express 999 alive and make sure the visitors have a nice journey through the galaxy.
Comment from Haruka (Maetel)
The passengers of number 999 are undoubtedly us, those who are currently alive. Everybody is following their dreams, aiming for hidden stars, worrying about the importance of their own existence on a seemingly endless journey, thinking of someone they won’t be able to meet again. I found courage through Leiji Matsumoto and Tetsuro Hoshino many times. This time it is me who will give courage to Tetsuro as Maetel. And if this stage play can encourage those who are on a solitary journey like Tetsuro, then I can’t be happier. I will take the dreams of the boys that Matsumoto has entrusted Maertel with and will play a stronger and more beautiful woman than anybody else.
Comment from Miyu Irino (Tochiro Oyama)
I am very happy to be involved in such a big milestone as the 40th anniversary. Even though stage play adaptations based on manga are becoming more popular in the recent years, I think Galaxy Express 999 will be of a different kind. And then I get to play Tochiro, who previously was voiced by my senpai… Aah! The pressure is on! I will work earnestly on this stage play that is loved by so many people of all ages and shows a world drawn by Leiji Matsumoto. Look forward to it!
Galaxy Epress 999 ~Galaxy Opera~
Tokyo: 23-30 June 2018 at Meijiza
Kitakyushu: 21 and 22 July 2018 at Kitakyushu Perfomring Arts Center
Osaka: 25-29 July 2018 at Umeda Arts Theater
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