New Musical Marguerite to Play Tokyo in 2009

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A Japanese production of Marguerite — the new musical currently playing London's Theatre Royal Haymarket — will open in 2009.
Ruthie Henshall is Marguerite in London.
Ruthie Henshall is Marguerite in London. Photo by Tristram Kenton

Performances will begin in Tokyo at the Akasaka ACT in February 2009, according to a press statement. Sumire Haruno, the leading actress from the Takarazuka Revue, will star in the title role. No other casting has been announced. Following its Tokyo debut, the musical will play performances in Osaka. The Japanese production of Marguerite will be presented by Horipro and Umeda Arts Theater.

Plans are also currently underway for a Spanish production of Marguerite in 2009 and a French production in 2010.

Marguerite features music by Michel Legrand, a book by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Jonathan Kent, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and orchestrations and arrangements by Michel Legrand and Seann Alderking.

Directed by Jonathan Kent, previews of the Parisian-set love story began in London May 7 with an official opening May 20. The cast is led by Ruthie Henshall in the title role with Julian Ovenden as Armand and Alexander Hanson as the German officer, Otto.

Set during the Second World War, Marguerite, according to press notes, "draws inspiration from one of the greatest of romantic novels, 'La Dame aux Camélias' by Alexandre Dumas. Marguerite is the beautiful and notorious mistress of a high ranking German officer. Armand is a young musician half her age who falls obsessively in love with her. Their dangerous love story is played out against the background of Occupied Paris."

The London production is playing a limited engagement through Nov 1. As previously announced, the cast recording of the London company will be released July 28 on the First Night Records label.

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