The musical will have its concert premiere at the London Palladium on the 21st and 22nd August 2023.
Initial casting has been announced for the European premiere of Death Note the Musical which will be directed by Nick Winston and is produced by Carter Dixon McGill Production (‘Chess in Concert’, ‘Kinky Boots in Concert’, ‘Treason the Musical in Concert’) and Indie Theatrical.
It has been confirmed that Frances Mayli McCann (Bonnie in ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ in the West End), Dean John-Wilson (Lun-Tha in ‘The King & I’ in the West End) and Joaquin Pedro Valdes (Ram Sweeney in ‘Heathers’ at The Other Palace) will star in the concert production when it heads to the London Palladium this August, with further casting yet to be announced.
Based on the best-selling Japanese manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note the Musical has a score by Frank Wildhorn (‘Jekyll & Hyde’, 4 years on Broadway, ‘Dracula’, ‘Bonnie & Clyde’) with lyrics by Jack Murphy and book by Ivan Menchell.
Light Yagami, a bright but dissatisfied high school student in Tokyo 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…
The creative team includes choreography by Nick Winston, associate direction and choreography by Alex Sarmiento, costume design by Kimie Nakano, musical supervision by Katy Richardson, musical direction by Chris Ma, orchestrations by Jason Howland, designs by Justin Williams, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Ben Harrison and casting by Harry Blumenau.
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