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Go Morita invited to perform in New York

00:03 JST March 7, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Rose Theater, New York (photo thanks to Sankei Sports)

Go Morita (32) from V6 will make his international debut at the 2011 Lincoln Center Festival in New York this July, it was revealed on March 5, reports Daily Sports Online, Nikkan Sports and Sankei Sports.

The pop star’s stage play “金閣寺 (Kinkakuji, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion)” will have four performances at the Rose Theater on Broadway from July 21 to 24.  The internationally reknown Lincoln Center Festival will be a chance for Morita to use his American debut as a gateway to acting jobs globally.

“I want to act with all my heart,” Mortia said.

Based on the novel written by Yukio Mishima, the story follows Mizoguchi, a disturbed Buddhist acolyte who is the main suspect in the torching of a Kyoto temple.  The play had been performed for the first time at the opening of the Kanagawa Geijyutsu Gekijo theater in January, and was being performed in Nagoya at the time the news was broken out.

It has been reported producers of the US festival had watched the play’s January 29 rehearsal and opening night on January 29th before making their decision the next day.  The producers had commented Morita was an excellent actor.

Morita has performed overseas with with groups Coming Century and V6, but this will be the first time he performs overseas as an actor.

The play’s director Amon Miyamoto had said the festival was a show window attracting people from all over the world.

“Morita’s talent is amazing and I think he will be recognized for it internationally,” he said.

Morita, who was answering questions from the press right next to the director, gave a slightly nervous reply.

“I’m not that confident I’ll be recognized internationally…but I have faith in Amon-san’s words so I’ll do my best,” he said.

It has been reported Morita has said although the thought of performing in New York was daunting, he was looking forward to his challenge, and the news had given him extra motivation.

“I heard about this during my performance and the truth sunk in slowly…  Looking around at everyone, I realized how big of a deal it was.  I’m looking forward to seeing how the audience reacts.  It’ll be a good experience for me to see how people I don’t know react to the show,” he said.

The show will be performed in Japanese by the original stage cast with English subtitles available on a stage screen.  But director Miyamoto had said some changes might be made before the US shows.

“I don’t want people to see the same thing over and over again.  Stage shows are always evolving so we’ll do some rehearsals again and might decide to change some details,” he said.

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