Four boys selected from 1,500 people to perform “Billy Elliot” after remote training

A press call for the musical “Billy Elliot” was held at the TBS Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo on the 14th. Kei responded to the interview. From the left in the front row, Kawaguchi style, Taichi Toshida, Kai Ryu Nakamura, and Izushi Watanabe. From the left in the back row, Satoshi Hashimoto, Toru Masuoka, Reon Yuzuki, and Kei Aran made the movie “BILLY ELLIOT”, known in Japan as “Little Dancer”, into a musical in the UK in 2006 and won numerous awards. .. The film was directed by Stephen Daldry, who directed the film, and Elton John was in charge of the music. Billy, a boy from a town in the north of England, develops his talent as a ballet dancer, despite being opposed by his father, a coal mine worker. It premiered in Japan in 2017 and became a hit with 1.6 million people. In the replay, four boys selected from 1,500 starred as Billy, who had been practicing since March, but was suspended for two months due to a state of emergency. The 73 performances in Tokyo, which were supposed to reach their first day in July, have been canceled, and a preview performance is being held again. Kawaguchi, who played Billy, said, “I’m glad that the performance has arrived. When I was told that I couldn’t perform, I wanted to do it in any situation. The audience was half. However, I’m glad that the audience can come in and set up the stage. ” Regarding the feelings when being selected from 1,500 people, “I was surprised when I was selected because I never thought I would be among four people from 1,500 people. But as the days passed since I was selected, I felt like “I’m the one of choice.” I was confident in myself, “he laughed at the venue. A remote lesson was held online with overseas staff, including directing, but Toshida said, “It was almost a remote lesson in acting, and it was difficult to learn the lines at first, but when I tried it on the stage, The lines I did are getting into my head more and more. Thanks to the remote, I can even say the lines, “he recalls. Nakamura said, “I practiced with the props I had at home, but I had a hard time finding similar furniture. When I came to the practice hall, it was completely different from the one I had at home, so at first I could do what I wanted. I didn’t, but now I’m used to it and I’m able to do it well. ” Watanabe also said, “Since I was doing it in the room, when it became a large space in the rehearsal hall, the voice did not spread and it was difficult to fix it. Now I can make a much louder voice,” said Remote. Showed off the episode. Regarding the adult cast, Masuoka, who continued from the premiere, said, “I participated in the musical for the first time last time, but I was very happy to be able to perform it again this year.” I think it will be an irreplaceable and unforgettable time to spend a treasure-like time standing on this stage. ” Yuki enthusiastically said, “I myself have changed in three years, and I have no desire to change anything. I would like to pursue Dr. Wilkinson more deeply and politely.” Hashimoto, who was newly invited to participate in the audition, said, “It feels like a miracle to make a press call in this way.” “At the time of the premiere, I was shown this work in the audience, and all the scenes were famous scenes, and I cried as much as how many times I cried. At that time, I do not think that a jib will come out, this is the best work. I was thinking, but it’s really like a dream to be able to participate in a work that I felt like this. ” Aran also said, “I was really impressed when I saw the premiere, and I was wondering if I could have a chance to perform again, but that dream came true like Billy, and so on the stage. I’m standing. ” In the press call, “The Stars Look Down” (Kairyu Nakamura, Satoshi Hashimoto, Tomohiko Nakai), “Shine” (Kei Ryu Nakamura, Kei Aran, Megumi Morita), “Expressing Yourself” (Self-expression) “(Taichi Toshida, Kotaro Sano),” Angry Dance “(Tone Kawaguchi, Toru Masuoka, Ayumu Kikuta),” Solidarity “(Izushi Watanabe, Reon Yuzuki) , Masataka Nakagawachi, Yusuke Onuki, Sakura Kobayashi). The Tokyo performance will be held at the TBS Akasaka ACT Theater from 16th to October 17th, and the Osaka performance will be held at the Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall from October 3rd to November 14th.