Death Note The Musical by Frank Wildhorn will have its European premiere in a concert at London Palladium

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Get ready for an exciting theatrical event as “Death Note: The Musical” makes its English-language premiere with two extraordinary concerts at the prestigious London Palladium. This groundbreaking musical, based on the renowned Japanese manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, has garnered acclaim with its previous productions in Japan and Korea. Now, it’s set to captivate audiences in London with its captivating story and sensational music.

The musical boasts a brilliant score crafted by the acclaimed composer Frank Wildhorn, known for his remarkable works such as “Jekyll & Hyde,” which enjoyed a successful four-year run on Broadway, and other renowned productions like “Dracula” and “Bonnie & Clyde.” With lyrics penned by Jack Murphy and a compelling book by Ivan Menchell, “Death Note: The Musical” promises to deliver an unforgettable experience under the expert direction of Nick Winston.

Presented by Carter Dixon McGill Productions, celebrated for their remarkable shows like “Chess in Concert” and “Kinky Boots in Concert,” in collaboration with Indie Theatrical, this English-language adaptation of “Death Note: The Musical” will feature a star-studded cast yet to be announced, adding to the anticipation and intrigue surrounding the production.

Frank Wildhorn's Death Note: The Musical to Play 2 Concerts at London  Palladium | Playbill

The story revolves around Light Yagami, a highly intelligent and dissatisfied high school student residing in Tokyo. Fate takes an unexpected turn when Light stumbles upon a discarded notebook, previously owned by Ryuk, a mythological god of death. Unbeknownst to Light, this supernatural notebook possesses the power to bring about the demise of anyone whose name is written within its pages. Seizing this opportunity, Light embarks on a mission to rid the world of its most notorious criminals, meticulously inscribing their names in the sinister notebook. However, his pursuit of justice catches the attention of a mysterious detective known only as “L,” who is determined to unveil the truth behind these inexplicable deaths.

“Death Note: The Musical” made its sensational debut in Tokyo back in 2015, captivating audiences with its innovative storytelling and exceptional performances. A 2022 Korean production of the musical achieved widespread acclaim, securing four awards at the esteemed Korea Musical Awards and further solidifying its reputation as a visionary production.

Netflix also delved into the realm of “Death Note” with a thrilling TV adaptation released in 2017, starring the talented Willem Dafoe. The popularity of the franchise continues to soar, igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for this upcoming English-language premiere.

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Frank Wildhorn, the mastermind behind the musical’s enchanting score, expressed his excitement, stating, “Death Note: The Musical has been the most unique, strange, edgy, and wonderful musical journey for me. It’s been a dream of mine to bring this show from Asia to the West End of London, and here we are!”

The producers of the show share Wildhorn’s enthusiasm, proclaiming their elation to present the first English-language production of “Death Note: The Musical” for two exclusive nights this summer. Fans and newcomers alike are in for a theatrical treat as they delve into the captivating world of “Death Note” through this extraordinary musical experience.

With an exceptional creative team in place, including director and choreographer Nick Winston, associate director and choreographer Alex Sarmiento, costume designer Kimie Nakano, musical supervisor Katy Richardson, musical director Chris Ma, orchestrator Jason Howland, designer Justin Williams, lighting designer Ben Cracknell, sound designer Ben Harrison, and casting by Harry Blumenau, every aspect of the production promises to be a feast for the senses.

Mark your calendars and set your alarms because tickets for this highly anticipated event will go on sale on June 2, 2023. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the English-language premiere of “Death Note: The Musical” and immerse yourself in a world where justice and darkness collide in a symphony of music and drama at the iconic London Palladium.

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