Fresh off its English-language premiere at the London Palladium August 21-22, Frank Wildhorn's Death Note: The Musical is poised to transfer to the West End for an already extended limited run September 7-10. See highlights from the Palladium engagement in a newly released trailer above.
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.
The cast will be led by Aimie Atkinson, Rachel Clare Chan, Jessica Lee, George Maguire, Carl Man, Christian Ray Marbella, Dean John-Wilson, and Joaquin Pedro Valdes with an ensemble featuring Boaz Chad, Charlotte Coggin, Jade Copas, Eu Jin Hwang, Yojiro Ichikawa, Deena Kapadia, and Patrick Munday.
Due to scheduling conflicts, Adam Pascal, who starred in the Palladium run, is unable to transfer with the production to the Lyric.
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 again 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.
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.