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East and West Johnny’s Jr. battle off to perform their best musical

10:54 JST August 4, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

At yesterday’s press conference in Tokyo, six representatives from Johnny’s Jr. groups A.B.C-Z and Kis-My-Ft2 vowed to make next month’s musical performance a one-of-a-kind show, reports Nikkan Sports and Daily Sports Online.

The two groups will star in “少年たち 格子無き牢獄 (Shonentachi: Koushi naki Rougoku)”, a musical written and directed by Johnny’s & Associates president Johnny Kitagawa, which was also performed by the agency’s first group Johnny’s in 1965.  Set in a reform school, it follows a group of boys who learn to come of age through each other’s troubles and friendships.

Tokyo Johnny's Jr.'s version of "Shonentachi" will begin in September

Divided into two acts, the first act involves the musical itself while the second act is a show performance.  What makes the show unique is that A.B.C-Z and Kis-My-Ft2 have been doing most of the stage directing themselves.

Agency president Johnny Kitagawa has been reported to have said he believes the two group’s members have had enough experience to create a high quality show.

“The way they choose to arrange routines in the show will give the show a modern twist.

“Their career experience up to now should be enough to make it happen,” he said.

Kis-My-Ft2 member Taisuke Fujigaya (23) had said he was excited to be the agency’s third group to perform the musical, taking over from Johnny’s and SMAP in 1993.

“I’ve heard that this is a production Johnny-san holds close to his heart.  My own expectations keep growing,” he said.

Kis-My-Ft2’s Hiromitsu Kitayama (24) said he and the others have put everything they had into making the show.

“Things both of our groups have learned have clashed together to create something completely new,” he said.

A.B.C-Z and Kis-My-Ft2 aren’t the only ones performing the musical this summer though.  The same musical is being performed in Osaka by Kansai Johnny’s Jr., which began it’s season yesterday and will continue on until August 28.

Kansai Johnny's Jr.'s version of "Shonentachi" has already begun its season

B.A.D member Akito Kiriyama (20) has been reported to have said that the West Johnny’s Jr. would give the East Johnny’s Jr. groups some competition.

“We’re not going to lose to Tokyo!!

“The Osaka version has a lot to offer, especially in terms of comedy,” he said.

The East Johnny’s Jr. version of “Shonentachi” will begin its season on September 3 – 26.

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