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Interview with Yusuke Kitazawa, Supervisor of Shiki Theater Company "Phantom of the Opera"

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-"Phantom of the Opera" is a worldwide hit musical. Since its premiere in Japan in 1988, it is a masterpiece of the Shiki Theater Company, which boasts the number of performances after "The Lion King" and "Cats". Did you hear that Mr. Kitazawa's first stage was also "The Phantom of the Opera"?
 

Kitazawa : Yes, actually. Furthermore, I woke up to the fun of musicals and wanted to enter the Shiki Theater Company because of the "Phantom of the Opera" that I saw when I was a music college student.
 

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――It's a work that was a turning point in Mr. Kitazawa's life.
 

Kitazawa: That's right. As I was studying classical vocal music, I used to think that musicals were out of the field. But when I saw Shiki Theater Company's "Phantom of the Opera", the music was wonderful. Since it is set in the Opera House in Paris, the opera within the play within the play came out and I felt that I was close to myself, and there were many catchy songs that were different from the opera, which was interesting. I immediately bought a soundtrack CD and listened to it every day. The story is also moving, and I was surprised that "the musical is wonderful, and the Shiki Theater Company is amazing!"
 

――In such a memory, "The Phantom of the Opera" is Raoul Chanui, who falls in love with the ugly monster Phantom who lives in the basement of the Paris Opera and the singer Christine, who was brought up by the monster with a longing for a fateful reunion. It's the story of the Viscount.
 

Kitazawa: Yes. The Phantom is a talented composer with genius skin, but he was said to be ugly by the people around him, and because of that, he was locked up in the basement of the Opera House. Then, he began to see Christine, the chorus girl of the opera, and secretly practiced the song while feeling affection. She grew up steadily, and when the leading soprano singer abandoned the performance in an opera, she was hurriedly selected as a substitute. However, Christine falls in love with Raul. The story is that the phantom is crazy about jealousy.
 

--A very mysterious and dramatic love story. What do you find most appealing about this story?
 

Kitazawa : After all, it's the painful life of the phantom. He loves Christine with all his heart, but it's a very painful unrequited love. I myself played Raul, but the one that was most emotional was actually the phantom. Even when I was a spectator, I was crying at the phantom's sorrow in the last scene.
 

――I have the impression that many musical fans are women, but men are also moved.
 

Kitazawa : There are many things that people who like you can't turn around. Such real feelings give us a lot of feedback, "Phantom of the Opera". Especially in the last scene, everyone may overlap their own "what is love?" As a cast, of course, when I'm a supervisor and involved in this work, I'm telling the performers to value the excitement of the last scene.
 

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――In addition to its drama, the wonderfulness of the music that Mr. Kitazawa was impressed with is also a big attraction. The composer Andrew Lloyd Webber also worked on "Cats" and "Jesus Christ Superstar", and is also called modern Mozart.
 

Kitazawa : Andrew Lloyd Webber has a deep knowledge of classical music, so the music of "The Phantom of the Opera" is very good. We have numbers that are singing and listening, which require advanced musical techniques. Phantom's solo number "Music of the Night", the familiar title role "Overture", and the double song "All I Ask of You" sung by Raul and Christine at the end of the first act. , "Masquerade" at the beginning of Act 2 is also a very good song. Since it is set in the opera, there are songs that resemble the tunes and situations of the opera, which is famous as a play within a play, so it is an irresistible work for music lovers.
 

--Mr. Kitazawa even listened to the soundtrack!
 

Kitazawa : That's right (laughs). Other musicals also have some representative songs, "This song is this song!", But "Phantom of the Opera" is a masterpiece. There are many major songs that everyone has heard. Another feature is that the play is spelled out smoothly in the song. It is a very orthodox grand musical with lines spoken in melody.
 

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――It is also a highlight that the stage art that reproduces the Opera House in Paris is gorgeous.
 

Kitazawa : I think the first thing that catches your eye when you enter the theater is the frame-shaped proscenium arch that surrounds the stage. The golden statue is very gorgeous and the big chandelier is also wonderful. The scenery is comparable to that of a real opera house, so I sometimes wonder, "Where is this? Is it really Japan?" (Laughs). The drapes and costumes are also carefully maintained and used at the time of the premiere, which was elaborately designed with luxurious fabrics. You can feel the weight of "Phantom of the Opera" there as well.
 

――The costumes that express Europe in the 19th century are also wonderful.
 

Kitazawa : Yes, really. Especially for actors, costumes are important in terms of playing a role. The costumes of "Phantom of the Opera" are quite difficult to change quickly and are heavy, but they have a realistic and profound feeling, and there is no compromise. We, who are wearing it, feel the real thing there and stretch our spine.
 

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――What is your favorite scene in "The Phantom of the Opera"?
 

Kitazawa : First of all, it's the beginning. After the prologue, the story changes to the rehearsal scene of the opera "Hannibal" in the play, but Carlotta of prima donna suddenly sings a cadenza. I was surprised at the song, "What? Is the opera starting?" Its introduction is a highlight.
 

――What other scenes are impressive?
 

Kitazawa : The scene that impresses me personally is the scene of the manager's office. Christine is taken to the Phantom Phantom and a threatening letter arrives. The thoughts of the manager, Carlotta and Raul, and each one are mixed there, and the seven-fold singing "Prima Donna" is sung. This song is technical and you can feel the overwhelming power at the end. It was this number that made me addicted to "The Phantom of the Opera" as an audience.
 

――So, how do you feel about Raul, who was playing Mr. Kitazawa?
 

Kitazawa : Raul has all the status, money, and hope, and has lived without any complex. The person who guides Christina towards the light. I think Christine also felt the light of hope and was attracted to it. As the story progresses from Act 1 to Act 2, he himself will change his attitude toward Christine, and I would like you to pay attention to how Christine's feelings turned toward him. I think you can enjoy the story more deeply by imagining the love triangle and the emotional movements of each person.
 

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――Hearing the story, I'm looking forward to the performance from March next year.
 

Kitazawa : There is a great sense of excitement within the theater company. The area around the venue, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater, is a region where concerts and plays are popular, so it is a great pleasure to be able to perform there. I hear that the KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater is a very beautiful theater, and Yokohama has a strong cultural scent since ancient times, and customers are also discerning. And since we, the Shiki Theater Company, are based in Yokohama (Azamino, Aoba-ku), we are very attached to this city. All the members of the troupe are very enthusiastic about not being able to show embarrassing things to local customers (laughs). For about five months until August, the members of the theater company will work together to practice so that you can enjoy the best "Phantom of the Opera". Please look forward to the production!
 

Shiki Theater Company Phantom of the Opera
Shiki Theater Company Musical "The Phantom of the Opera" Yokohama Performance Information
◇ Performance period: March 25, 2017 (Saturday) opening-August
 
◇ Meeting place: KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater <Hall>
(281 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa)
 
◇ First release schedule: <Performances from March 25th (Sat) to June 30th (Fri)>
From 10:00 pm on Sunday, November 20
(Advance reservation for "Shiki no Kai" members: From Saturday, November 12th)
 
◇ Fee: S seat 10,000 yen (10,800 yen including tax) / Side S seat 10,000 yen (10,800 yen including tax)
A seat 8,000 yen (8,640 yen including tax) / Side A seat 8,000 yen (8,640 yen including tax)
B seat 6,000 yen (6,480 yen including tax) / Side B seat 6,000 yen (6,480 yen including tax)
C seat 3,000 yen (3,240 yen including tax)
Standing seat with side chair 3,000 yen (3,240 yen including tax)
* Membership fee for "Shiki no Kai":
S seat 9,000 yen (9,720 yen including tax) / Side S seat 9,000 yen (9,720 yen including tax)
 
◇ Reservation method: ・ Online reservation SHIKI ON-LINE TICKET http://489444.com
(Reception 24 hours a day, but from 10 am on the first day of sale)
・ Telephone reservation Shiki Theater Company Reservation Center 0120-489444 (10 am-6pm) etc.
・ Direct purchase Theaters dedicated to each Shiki Theater Company (excluding Jiyu Theater)
Ticket Pia Ticket Kanagawa and others

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