Lead casting announced for West End premiere of acclaimed manga musical ‘YOUR LIE IN APRIL’

Lead casting has been announced for the upcoming fully staged West End premiere of the acclaimed musical, YOUR LIE IN APRIL, which will play a limited 12-week season at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 28 June to 21 September 2024.

Zheng Xi Yong (Kosei Arima), Rachel Clare Chan (Tsubaki Sawabe) and Dean John-Wilson (Ryota Watari) will all reprise their celebrated performances from the record-breaking, sell-out concert launch at Theatre Royal Drury Lane last month, alongside Mia Kobayashi, who makes her professional debut as Kaori Miyazono.

Following his mother’s death, teenage piano prodigy Kōsei Arima (Zheng Xi Yong) finds himself unable to play music. But when he strikes a friendship with the brilliant violinist Kaori Miyazono (Mia Kobayashi), she slowly encourages him to perform again.

Zheng Xi Yong, Mia Kobayashi, Rachel Clare Chan and Dean John-Wilson

YOUR LIE IN APRIL, one of the most popular romantic stories and greatest tearjerkers in Japanese manga history, has music by multi-Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award nominated Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn (Death Note The Musical, Jekyll & Hyde, Bonnie & Clyde) with Lyrics by Carly Robyn Green and Tracy Miller. It is directed and choreographed by Nick Winston (Death Note the Musical, Fame, Annie).

YOUR LIE IN APRIL manga, published in 2011, has since sold over 7.5 million copies in 17 countries. It was adapted into a 22-part anime TV series in 2014, a Japanese live-action film in 2016 and a Japanese stage production in 2017. Frank Wildhorn’s musical opened in Tokyo in 2022, followed by a Japan tour, and smashed box office records. This production is its English language premiere.

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