As previously reported, the Utage stage play will run between April and May this year at four venues. We now have exact dates, so here they are.
Fukuoka's Canal City Theatre: 26th-28th April 2013 (four performances)
Nagoya's Chuunichi Theatre: 2nd-4th May 2013 (five performances)
Tokyo's Nippon Seinenkan Great Hall: 10th-19th May 2013 (fourteen performances)
Osaka's Morinomiya Piloti Hall: 23rd-26th May 2013 (six performances)
All advance tickets cost ¥7,200 and go on sale from next week.
It was casting news that fans were hoping for most, especially as Hisahide has never appeared in the stage plays to date. Capcom didn't disappoint us and a live Ustream presentation was arranged to launch the site at midnight (Japanese time). Thanks to being at work I missed the presentation so I've had to rely on the brand new website and some tweets from KobaP for my report. Here is the list of actors who will be taking to the stage to perform Butai Sengoku Basara 3 Utage a few months from now - bold/italics means they're a brand new cast member.
Matsuda Kenji (Matsunaga Hisahide)
Kubota Yuuki (Date Masamune)
Hosogai Kei (Sanada Yukimura)
Hirose Yuusuke (Tokugawa Ieyasu)
Nakamura Seijirou (Ishida Mitsunari)
Yoshida Tomokazu (Katakura Kojuurou)Murata Youjirou (Sarutobi Sasuke)
Kawamura Yukie (Tsuruhime)
Yashiro Minase (Saika Magoichi)
Nakamura Kazuto (Takeda Shingen)AKIRA (Uesugi Kenshin)
Imai Yasuhiko (Mogami Yoshiaki)
Takahashi Hikaru (Fuuma Kotarou)
Tsukamoto Takuya (Imagawa Yoshimoto)
Sakurada Kousei (Azai Nagamasa)
Taniguchi Masashi (Tenkai)
Kubodera Akira (Oda Nobunaga)
Tamaki Nami (Oichi)
The biggest surprise by far is Yoshimoto! I'm amazed to see the scale of the list, including Kubodera returning to portray Oda for the first time in ages and stage debuts for a lot of older characters. Tamaki Nami joining the crew is particularly impressive since I know her from her pop music career. It's a shame Kingo, Sourin and Muneshige don't seem to have made the cut, but everyone else who starred in the Utage game is present. Surely the story is going to be pretty heavy this time around, though...
Pictures of the cast are now up on the official website. Hopefully those of us who can't go to watch the stage play live will be able to see some pictures of the actors in their costumes nearer the time.
The official recording of the cast announcement, featuring Butai Sengoku Basara mastermind Nishida Daisuke with actors Kubota Yuuki and Hosogai Kei, can be watched on Ustream here. Within a few hours of broadcast the video had been viewed more than 8,000 times. It sounds as though this is going to be yet another successful Sengoku Basara stage play!