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Shirota Yu, and other lights of Asian musical theater

I'm a fan, mostly of his face and personality. But tell me, DL mavens - can this Queen sing?

He has a new collection of showtunes out, available for 3,000 yen (thanks, Sony!). Cuts include 'The Darkness Spreads' (ELIZABETH, he played Der Tod in the Tokyo Stage); 'Aimer' (ROMEO ET JULIETTE, he played Romeo); 'I am with You' (SWEENEY TODD, he played Pirelli); plus covers of 'My Favorite Things' (THE SOUND OF MUSIC), 'A Whole New World' (ALADDIN) and 'The Greatest Show'/'A Million Dreams (THE GREATEST SHOWMAN). He didn't include anything from those anime musicals he did (hello, PRINCE OF TENNIS?) or West End/Broadway classics which he has been known to sing on variety shows in Japan.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Monday at 3:21 PM

In ELIZABETH, the 2016 run:

by Anonymousreply 109/22/2018

Singing the opening number of ROMEO ET JULIETTE (whatever that was called):

by Anonymousreply 209/22/2018

A little Disney - 'Go The Distance' from HERCULES (only half in English, for some reason):

by Anonymousreply 309/22/2018

Rudolf's death in ELIZABETH. Yu got pretty into it...

by Anonymousreply 409/22/2018

Tough crowd. This guy originated Tuxedo Mask on the stage, you know.

Anyway, here's Shirotan's dreamy take on 'The Shadows Grow Longer'. I like the metal cry he adds to the finish, it's sexy. Furukawa Yuta, his duet partner for this number is a pretty dancer (clearly ballet-trained) with a cute voice. Given this take on the song is more sensual than chilling it's easy to tell the director/producers of this run knew who buttered their bread; women make up most of the ticket-sales for popular theatre shows in Japan...

by Anonymousreply 509/22/2018

Hideously garish hetero outfit, stunningly beautiful musical-gay voice.


by Anonymousreply 609/24/2018

Here's his 'Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!' for the One World Broadway: 4Stars concert series, with Lea Salonga.

by Anonymousreply 709/26/2018

Speaking English for a 4Stars interview with Sierra Boggess. His pronunciation is excellent for a Japanese man. Sierra praises him here as "open, positive, funny....his spirit radiates love & peace" (lol).

SIERRA: [about Yu's pre-show rehearsals] He was chill, too, he was fine.

YU: You're talking about two days ago? Not yesterday...

SIERRA: [sound] check? That was fine!

YU: Really?


YU: I wasn't fine.

by Anonymousreply 809/26/2018

Yu's first role as Tuxedo Kamen. Kitsch!

by Anonymousreply 909/30/2018

What is this Elizabeth musical? I've never heard of it...

by Anonymousreply 1009/30/2018

Oh, you poor dear, R10. It's been running for just over 25 years, so you've a lot of exploring ahead.

by Anonymousreply 1109/30/2018

For his more obscure musical turns, see this clunky lurid production of THE LOVE BUGS. Yu was good, though.

by Anonymousreply 1209/30/2018

...and his several appearances as beloved 'Buchou' (Tennis Captain) Tezuka in THE PRINCE OF TENNIS. There are no words to prepare anyone for these shows; you just have to hold your nose and stick your head under.

by Anonymousreply 1309/30/2018

He's no fucking Jimmy Shigeta, that's for fucking sure.

by Anonymousreply 1409/30/2018

so he knows Ramon Karimloo....🤔🤔 knew I recognised this guy from somewhere. I’ll look him up now.

by Anonymousreply 1510/01/2018

Ok so after a quick Google....

His voice/face IS pretty OP; but maybe another reason he gets so many of these big musical roles and projects is because of his connections and his gaijin looks? Per the Internet his father is (or was?) a big shot at NIPPONTv. Plus the man looks about 6ft.2” and pale-skinned as milk with a prominent nose & pair of lips. True that the Japanese have different beauty standards than we, but in their Arts they can’t deny they still sometimes fetishise the imperial European/Regency/classic ‘Disney Prince’ Western look...

by Anonymousreply 1610/01/2018

He’s the epitome of bisexual.

by Anonymousreply 1710/02/2018

Shirota you too, buddy!

by Anonymousreply 1810/02/2018

He did some, uh, interesting photoshoots in his early 20s which I'm sure DL will appraise with keen eye.

Que puto...

by Anonymousreply 1910/02/2018

Something about the Tequila blood in a person’s DNA just improves everything. I’m sure this kid would have been cute anyway, but a few drops of sexy Spanish in the mix bumps him up at least 2 points tbh. I don’t think he’d have been near as good-looking if he were half-German, half-Australian or half-Thai.

by Anonymousreply 2010/05/2018

Yu's Latin side is part of what makes him so interesting & charismatic-looking, yes.

Because of his distinct features he's sometimes used as a catch-all 'Western' actor when it comes to Japanese productions; while he has played many Japanese men & boys he also gets cast as European, English & American people. For example, about 10 years ago he played famous British rockabilly singer Mickey (Mikki) Curtis in the musical-biopic THE HIT PARADE for FujiTv (you can see him as Mickey in the far top-right corner of the linked pic).

by Anonymousreply 2110/07/2018

Shirota played the homosexual warlord Oda Nobunaga in the Asahi drama one-shot NOUHIME II (2013), which regrettably did not feature him in any gay sex/love scenes. What is a Nobunaga without his beloved Ranmaru?

Still, he looked hot af with a sword and in period dress.

by Anonymousreply 2210/09/2018

Pretty guy...

by Anonymousreply 2310/10/2018

One of his earliest and most famous solos, 'Semero, tsuyoku nare!' ('Attack, and go forward!) from PRINCE OF TENNIS.

His voice is so buttery and resonant, and he was just out of College here. He has presence even on a janky stage like this one.

by Anonymousreply 2410/10/2018

Well, he’s in the #1 drama in Japan rn so I guess he’s doing something right.

by Anonymousreply 2510/12/2018

And so talented that he has to teach his castmates to sing...

by Anonymousreply 26Last Sunday at 3:06 PM

Oh man, R26. It’s lucky for that other guy he’s super cute cuz he sounds like a cat on heat singing....

Btw when will Asian heartthrobs learn that anime-manga hero hair does not look good on real life guys...

by Anonymousreply 27Last Monday at 3:42 AM

Shirotan's schmoozin' his way to the top!

But seriously, he's making waves with this Ramin connection. It sounds weird with Yu doing the Rudolf part in 'Die Schetten', but whatever.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Monday at 3:21 PM
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