JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Musical Cancels 2 Additional Opening Days
On Thursday, it was reported on the official website for the stage rendition of “Phantom Blood,” which is the initial saga of Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series, that the productions scheduled for February 10-11 are being canceled. This announcement comes just a short period after it was revealed that the first three days of performances (February 6-8) were also canceled. The primary reasons cited by TOHO and the Imperial Theater venue were that they needed additional time to assure the safety and well-being of the artists and the crew involved in the production.
TOHO along with the Imperial Theater also revealed that they would be providing refunds to the ticket holders for the canceled shows. They have also committed to cover cancellation charges for arrangements made for hospitality and travel by ticket holders or the expenses incurred if ticket holders cannot cancel their plans. Furthermore, they may consider streaming future performances without any charge for those who had tickets for the canceled shows.
The team clarified further that the initial cancellations for the February 6-8 shows were due to unforeseen delays in preparations for the opening. The musical is now slated to run at Tokyo’s Imperial Theater from February 12 to February 28, (excluding Fridays). Post this, it will move to Hokkaido’s Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater Hitaru from March 26-30 and then at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center – KOBELCO Grand Hall between April 9-14.
Featured in the cast are:
Nei Hasegawa is in charge of directing this musical. Hasegawa has previously adapted, directed, and choreographed the stage version of Araki’s Shikei Shikkōchū Datsugoku Shinkōchū manga in 2015. French composer Dove Attia will be composing the music for this production. The script for the musical is written by Tsuneyasu Motoyashi, known for his work on My Hero Academia stage productions.
Viz Media is responsible for releasing various segments of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series in English, including Phantom Blood. Viz Media introduces the storyline as follows:
The story of Jonathan Joestar takes a radical turn when Dio, his newly adopted brother, enters his life. For an unknown reason, Dio harbors a deep-seated animosity towards him, taking pleasure in his sufferings. However, Dio realizes that every man has his breaking point. This sparks off a long and bitter relationship between them.
The first arc served as the basis for the original video anime series that was aired from 2000-2002, a prequel anime film in 2007, and a TV anime series broadcasted from 2012-2013.
Featuring a fresh part in his JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga series titled The JOJOLands, Araki initiated this as the ninth installment in the Ultra Jump in February 2023.