Masayuki Sakamoto’s first musical of the year
There was talk about his rumoured girlfriend and some talk about how Johnny’s talents learn their script lines at a press conference in Tokyo yesterday for Masayuki Sakamoto’s upcoming stage musical, reports The TV and Sponichi Annex.
The V6 leader is playing the lead character Billy in “MY ONE AND ONLY“, a romantic comedy set in 1927 America.
“The story is about scruffy pilot Billy who undergoes a huge transformation to become the perfect gentleman in order to get the woman he’s fallen in love with . It’s my first time playing a character like this so I’m excited. I got to do some tap dancing again. I think the best scene is when we do a tap dance sequence in puddles of water,” Sakamoto said.
It has been reported Sakamoto said he was excited to be able to work with actor Jay Kabira. Kabira, and another co-star Souma Suzuki, said it was them who were excited about working with Sakamoto.
“I’ve watched a number of Sakamoto-kun’s musicals, and when you watch him, you can see how serious he is about each show and character. As an actor, he’s a really amazing person I can depend on,” Kabira said.
“Sakamoto-san has a mountain of lines (in the show), but he learned them perfectly by the time we’d started rehearsals, it’s like magic,” Suzuki said.
“I learn my lines by writing them down. It’s a trick my senior (Noriyuki) Higashiyama-san taught me, and Higashiyama-san himself learned it off Mitsuko Mori-san,” Sakamoto said.
Another topic discussed during the press conference was about Sakamoto’s rumoured girlfriend, actress Otsuka Chihiro. In fact, this was the first time Sakamoto had appeared in front of the press since the rumour surfaced. As the press asked questions like, “is your relationship going well?” and, “will your girlfriend come to see the show?”, Sakamoto did not go into details, but also did not deny the rumour.
“Am I allowed to say, ‘yes’?”
MY ONE AND ONLY starts shows at Tokyo’s Aoyama Theatre from March 10, and will also hold shows in Osaka.