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A.B.C-Z member injured but more than ready for stage show

11:13 JST September 4, 2012 1 comment

One of Johnny’s Jr. group A.B.C-Z’s members might be injured, but yesterday the group had showed they were staying positive for the start of their new stage show season, reports Sankei Sports.

 

It is the second year in a row A.B.C-Z take the lead roles in “少年たち (Shonen-tachi)“, which starts its season in Tokyo on September 4.

 

It has been reported group member Ryoichi Tsukada, who specialises in acrobatics, had tore a ligament in his left leg during rehearsals last month.  Although this means he can’t perform any stunts until his leg recovers, the A.B.C-Z member said he was optimistic about the situation.

“I might not be able to do acrobatics, but I’m more enthusiastic than ever!”

 

Fellow group member Ryosuke Hashimoto had joked it could be worth coming to see the show while Tsukada is recovering.

“This might be the only time you’ll ever see Tsuka-chan not doing acrobatics.”

 

It has been reported Kansai Johnny’s Jr. member Akito Kiriyama said their talents were worth seeing as well.
“The Kansai team have come back better than last year, I think we’ll be some fierce competition for the other [Johnny’s Jr. from Tokyo],” he said.

“Yeah, but one of ours is injured…,” A.B.C-Z member Fumito Kawai said.

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Head’s up, Kamenashi sweat might fall on crowds during DREAM BOYS

14:55 JST September 3, 2012 2 comments

KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi and the cast of stage show DREAM BOYS had their first full run through on September 2 and said they hope to have a injury-free season, reports News 24.

 

Kamenashi, Hey! Say! JUMP’s Hikaru Yaotome, Kis-My-Ft2’s Yuta Tamamori, Toshiya Miyata and Kento Senga will spend most of September performing the stage show, which has been performed by Johnny’s talents since 2004.  The coming of age story features songs, dance, flying acrobatics, and even boxing.

 

Afterwards, Kamenashi told reporters at the rehearsal he was happy there were not any problems during the rehearsal.

“It was my first time going through the whole show on stage.  I was a little nervous.”

 

It has been reported Kamenashi was not the only person who was nervous.  The production team have been double checking all safety measures for their lead man ever since Japanese kabuki performer Somegoro Ichikawa had broken some bones after falling during his own stage performance.

“You have no idea what could happen so we’re doing our best to keep an eye on things and I need to keep reminding myself that what I’m doing is dangerous.  I hope Somegoro-san make it back on stage as soon as possible,” Kamenashi said.

 

This DREAM BOYS season will feature flying acrobatics for the first time since 2010.  The stunt was taken out of last year’s season because frequent aftershocks from the March 11 Japan Earthquake had meant it was not safe enough to carry them out.  It has been reported fans will get to see some new flying acrobatic sequences too, and Kamenashi said he can do them because his fans are there watching him.

“To be honest, today was the first time I’ve been able to pull off this stunt.  It makes a huge difference when there are people in the seats, they give me confidence,” he said.

 

It has been reported one reporter at yesterday’s rehearsal noticed Kamenashi had the longest time in the air, and said to the Johnny’s talent that “you’re dropping ‘Kame-jiru (referring to his sweat)’.  Are you concerned some of it might fall on your fans?”

“I know.  But I take a shower at least four times a day so don’t worry,” Kamenashi said.

 

Kamenashi also said he was looking forward to how fans would react to his performance with Yaotome, Tamamori, Miyata, and Senga this season.

“The five of us made this stage to bring out the best in us, and I think you’ll be able to see different parts of it throughout the show.”

 

To see a video of the rehearsal on morning TV, click here.

Kazuya Kamenashi gearing up for DREAM BOYS 2012

10:18 JST July 20, 2012 1 comment

New talents are getting ready give a show about young dreams, failure, and friendship in this year’s Johnny’s stage show DREAM BOYS, it was announced at the show’s press conference, reports Yomiuri Shimbun on July 18.

 

It has been reported the show has been running since 2004, and this year Hey! Say! JUMP’s Hikaru Yaotome, and Kis-My-Ft2’s Yuya Tamamori, Toshiya Miyata and Kento Senga will join the cast.  In contrast, KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi has been involved with the show since it’s first season.

“For the first time I’m the oldest in the group.  I’ve known these guys since they were little, I hope everyone will look forward to what we create together,” Kamenashi said.

 

Last year Kamenashi pulled off difficult stunts like acrobatic jumps five-metres in the air, and complicated wire action sequences.

“I don’t feel I’m putting pressure on myself.  I don’t believe in forcing myself to work for something that I think will be cool,” Kamenashi said.

 

The KAT-TUN star also said this year’s show would be a team effort, with everyone bringing what they each do best to the show, including Yaotome with his stage performance skills, Senga with his dancing, and Miyata with his sense of humour.

“I hope we can mash up all of our talents together,” Kamenashi said.

“It’ll be a colour only the five of us can bring out,” Tamamori said.

 

DREAM BOYS begins it’s season at the Imperial Garden Theater in Tokyo from September 3.  Tickets go on sale on August 4 to the public.

PLAYZONE begins 2012 season

13:26 JST July 10, 2012 1 comment

Tsubasa Imai’s 2012 season of PLAYZONE kicked off in Tokyo yesterday, reports Sankei Sports.

 

On June 9, “PLAYZONE‘12 SONG & DANC‘N PARTⅡ” started at the Aoyama Theatre.  The show has been performed every summer since 1986, and this is Imai’s third year as the lead.

 

Travis Payne, the American choreographer well-known for choreographing Michael Jackson’s dances in This Is It, was again in charge of sequences in this year’s show.

“Being able to work with Travis is a gift from Michael (Jackson),” Imai said.

 

New changes to this year’s show include flying wire action six metres in the air during the opening sequence.  Although Imai’s duo partner Hideaki Takizawa is more well-known for doing wire action stunts, Imai said he would do just as good.

“I know usually Tackey does this, but I felt like I wanted to fly too,” he said.

 

Ex-Hikaru Genji member Atsuhiro Sato will also perform in the show, his first time in five years, and has said he is ready to show people his roller skating dance moves.

 

“PLAYZONE‘12 SONG & DANC‘N PARTⅡ” will be performed in Tokyo until August 11.

Tackey tells press he doesn’t have a double to help with his 10 character changes in stage show

13:17 JST April 10, 2012 1 comment

Johnny’s talent Hideaki Takizawa talked about his hopes for “滝沢歌舞伎 (Takizawakabuki)” on April 9 in Tokyo as the stage show started its new season, reports News 24.

 

“滝沢歌舞伎 (Takizawakabuki)” was first performed on stage in 2006, and is now being performed in Tokyo until May for its 2012 season.  April 16’s night show will mark the 300th time Takizawa has performed his show which includes 10 quick character changes as Takizawa plays historical figures like Yoshitsune and Benkei.  It has been reported in the first show of the year Takizawa was changing into the characters faster than he was last year, prompting some of the press to ask the talent if he had a double to help out.

“No I don’t.  It’s all me.  I’m seeing how much my body can do and I’m having fun,” Takizawa said.

 

The show’s cast features talents from Kansai Johnny’s Jr. for the first time.

“It’s a new ‘Takizawakabuki’.  The Kansai power is so amazing, they’re really hungry for things to do.  It might even turn into a ‘Kansai-kabuki’ show.  I will do my best to make sure they don’t overtake the show though.  I hope that inside of me, I can stay as young as the junior talents,” he said.

 

On the topic of age, this season will be the first time for Takizawa to perform in in his 30s.

“I’m happy.  No matter how many years have gone by, people still come to see it.  I think it’s thanks to the fans that the show has evolved,” he said.

Johnny’s dancer Yara Tomoyuki gets lead in musical

12:56 JST April 10, 2012 1 comment

Yara Tomoyuki in his new musical (photo thanks to musical website)

One of the best dancers at Johnny’s will get his first musical lead 16 years after joining the agency, reports Mainichi Shimbun.

 

29-year-old Yara Tomoyuki joined Johnny’s when he was 13, and has been a member of several groups in his Johnny’s Jr. years including Musical Academy.  More recently, he has choreographed concerts for KinKi Kids, Arashi, and Kanjani8.  It has been a long wait for the talent but now he has the lead in the musical “道化の瞳 (Douke no Hitomi)“.

“My dream has come true.  4 or 5 years ago, after I had left the group and started solo work, I became more ambitious.  I’m really grateful to be able to be a part of something like this now,” he said.

 

The musical is separated into two parts.  The first is about Kenichi (played by Tomoyuki), who has leukemia, and the people he gets to know in the hospital including his blind mother, and the two doctors in the hospital.  The second part is a stage performance of a story Kenichi wrote, about a shoe shiner (Tomoyuki) and a group of clowns.

 

“道化の瞳 (Douke no Hitomi)” will be performed in Tokyo’s Theatre Creation from April 10 to 24.

“JOHNNY’S World” stage show to be biggest Johnny’s-produced show yet

11:12 JST March 23, 2012 1 comment

Hey! Say! JUMP, Sexy Zone, A.B.C-Z, Koichi Domoto (KinKi Kids), Hideaki Takizawa (Tackey & Tsubasa), Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN) are among the 100 cast members to be in the largest Johnny’s stage show starting in November, reports Sponichi Annex and Daily Sports Online.

 

It has been reported Guinness World Record-holding producer Johnny Kitagawa is making his largest show yet to celebrate his records for producing the most number of concerts and most number of No.1 singles in the world.

 

Set to be performed in Tokyo’s Imperial Garden Theater in November and December this year, “JOHNNY’S World” will feature Hey! Say! JUMP as the main characters.  They will be supported by other younger Johnny’s groups, as well as supporting talents including Koichi, Tackey, and Kamenashi.  The story looks at youngsters going on an adventure to find a utopia in outer space, but in the process they realise how special their home on Earth is.

“I want the younger juniors to take on what their seniors have already accomplished.  Maybe we’ll need Higashi (Noriyuki Higashiyama) to give them some advice,” Mr Kitagawa said.

 

Members from Kis-My-Ft2 will take turns every day as they also join the 100 or so Johnny’s talent cast.  Mostly all of the younger Johnny’s groups will take part in what is set to be the largest Johnny’s production to date.

 

Mr Kitagawa has said the show will feature a mash up of things seen in past stage shows like “PLAYZONE”, “SHOCK”, and “DREAM BOYS”.  These include flying stunts and water fountain sets.

“3D is in fashion right now, but I’m keen to test ‘4D’ fragrance tricks,” he said.

 

It has been reported Mr Kitagawa has promised every minute of the show will be exciting, and although he has plans to send the show overseas, he wants to start in Japan, the country where he managed to set his two world records.

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