A poster advertising Takarada-za Musical hangs in Uchisaiwaicho Hall in Chiyoda, Tokyo. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Toho star Akira Takarada sings his heart out during a performance of Takarada-za Musical. Photo by Brett Homenick.
After an intermission, the cast took turns singing various songs from around the world (including China and the United States), making this portion of the performance more of a traditional musical, although it was not part of any overarching narrative.
As I mentioned earlier, I've never seen a performance quite like this before, but it was certainly enjoyable to see. The songs toward the end were largely familiar (two Frank Sinatra songs were part of the set), but even those that were new were a lot of fun.
Overall, it was a great way to spend a Sunday!