Coming this Aug 30th at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo, KAT-TUN‘s Kamenashi Kazuya will star in Ninagawa Yukio‘s stage production “Aoi Shushi wa Taiyo no Naka ni Aru”. The said stage play is based from a play written by the late Terayama Shuji and it’s also part of Ninagawa’s anniversary as the director-playwright turns 80 years old.
“Aoi Shushi waTaiyo no Naka ni Aru” is set during Japan’s high-growth period of 1960’s and it tells the story of slum inhabitants and their tragic love story. Kamenashi plays Kenji, a factory worker, who witnessed crime concealment and gets involved in a riot.
Speaking of Kamenashi, he has a strong image as a baseball sportscaster as well as doing film and dramas but he has also made his mark from stage plays. Kamenashi gained stage experience in “SHOCK” with KinKi Kids‘s Domoto Koichi as the chair. His stage resume further expanded when he became the chair for “DREAM BOYS” before he passed the baton to Kis-My-Ft2‘s Tamamori Yuta.
In his most recent film exposure, he starred in “Vancouver no Asahi” last year with actor Tsumabuki Satoshi and in “Joker Game” at the beginning of this year. Most recently, he also starred in late night melo drama, “Second Love“.
Aside from doing movies, dramas, being a sportscaster, and his activities as an idol, it’s a wonder if he gets any sleep. Nevertheless, Kamenashi makes it a point to always look presentable. Previously, it was revealed that Kamenashi would always take a shower after stage rehearsals because he wanted to look at his most beautiful.
As for starring in Ninagawa Yukio’s production, Kamenashi and Ninagawa met 10 years ago upon the introduction of Johnny’s Entertainment president, Johnny Kitagawa. Ninagawa is known for his harsh leadership and Kamenashi is prepared to get beaten by him. For Ninagawa, he wants Kamenashi to see his naked self first without completely abandoning the teachings that he learned from Johnny’s. After being under Ninagawa’s directorship, Kamenashi looks forward to the curtain call.
“Aoi Shushi wa Taiyo no Naka ni Aru” will run from Aug 10th to 30th at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo and on Sept 4th to 13th at ORIX Theater in Osaka.