The English-language premiere of Death Note The Musical in Concert, set to play three performances at the London Palladium August 21-22, will subsequently transfer to London's Lyric Theatre for six performances September 7-10.
As previously reported, the Palladium cast of the Frank Wildhorn musical will feature Adam Pascal (Rent), Aimie Atkinson (Six), Rachel Clare Chan, and Christian Ray Marbella (Miss Saigon international tour), Frances Mayli McCann, Dean John-Wilson, and Joaquin Pedro Valdes.
The ensemble will feature Felipe Bejarano, Charlotte Coggin, Jade Copas, Eu Jin Hwang, Yojiro Ichikawa, Deena Kapadia, David Kar-Hing Lee, Nick Len, Jasmine Leung, Jojo Meredith, Marcel Li-Ping, and Janine Somcio.
Due to scheduling conflicts, Pascal will be unable to transfer with the production to the Lyric.
Based on the best-selling Japanese manga series of the same name by
Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata/Sheuisha, the new musical has a score by
Wildhorn with lyrics by Jack Murphy and a book by Ivan Menchell.
Death Note The Musical concerns Light Yagami, a high school student in Tokyo who comes across a discarded notebook owned by Ryuk, a mythological god of death. Discovering he can kill anyone by just writing their names in the supernatural notebook, Light takes justice into his own hands by filling the notebook with names of the nation’s most wanted criminals.
Nick Winston will direct and choreograph with associate direction and choreography by Alexzandra Sarmiento, costume design by Kimie Nakano, musical supervision by Katy Richardson, musical direction by Chris Ma, orchestrations by Jason Howland, design by Justin Williams, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Ben Harrison, and casting by Harry Blumenau.
Producers are Carter Dixon McGill Productions, Indie Theatrical, and HoriPro with Pinnacle Productions, Greg A. DeLuca and Wild Yak Productions.
The new musical premiered in 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. A 2022 Korean
production won four awards at the Korea Musical Awards after being
nominated in 10 categories.