Responsible for the Rurouni Kenshin musical and a musical memorial for Shakespeare, Takarazuka will bring an American president to the stage.
The Takarazuka Revue Company is easily Japan’s more famous musical theater troupe. They’ve tackled everything from anime adaptations to Romeo and Juliet, so it’s hardly a surprise for the troupe to take up Western topics. Even so, Abraham Lincoln is pretty much the last person we ever expected to see portrayed on their stage!
▼ But when you do see it, it will clearly be amazing.
Now, we have no idea what inspired Takarazuka to take up the story of Honest Abe, but we will say that we hope they take some cues from Hamilton and feature a rapping Lincoln in the second act. Even if it’s just for the “Gettysburg Address!”
▼ Poster produced for the show
Of course, you may be thinking, “Wasn’t Abraham Lincoln kind of famous for having a, shall we say, ‘unique’ face?” Sure, he might not have been the Adonis that JFK was, but we’d say this portrayal of the president is at least 50 percent more accurate than Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. After all, how do you know Lincoln didn’t speak sing everything all the time? Also, look at those freaking eyebrows!
Tickets are on sale now for the Osaka performances, which will run from February 13 to February 23 at the Umeda Arts Theater, and will go on sale on January 31 for the Kanagawa performances, which will run between March 4–10 at the Kanagawa Arts Theater. Tickets for the Umeda Arts Theater are available here (Japanese only) and tickets for the Kanagawa Arts Theaters will be available here (Japanese only) at the end of the month.