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[Translation]「An Un-idollike Production」Now a hot topic on the Internet, the musical starring Morning Musume and others plays in Osaka this week

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The musical 『LILIUM-Shoujo Junketsu Kageki-』 starring members of Morning Musume '14 and S/mileage has ended its run in Tokyo on June 15th in a wave of positive reviews. This entirely un-idollike tale of love and hate has become a hot topic for delivering top-notch performance quality beyond all expectations. It will be playing at the Morinomiya Piloti Hall in Osaka starting from June 20th.

For 『LILIUM-Shoujo Junketsu Kageki-』, the cast is all-female, and is the 3rd project coming from the Girls' Drama Club that has idols acting in musicals. This time round it features members of Morning Musume '14, S/mileage and some of the Hello! Project Kenshuusei. Currently, Morning Musume has been regaining popularity with their focus on formation dance, which lends itself as a solid foundation for this musical, and also take note of S/mileage who are also challenging themselves with this formation dance in the musical.

While their acting skills were as perfect as to be expected, their singing has been especially praised. There were clear solo parts for each, and more than displaying just ordinary singing prowess, they were able to express the emotions of the musical in song, showcasing their strength in their usual profession as singers. That 「power of expression」 is so strong it sucks the audience in. The interaction between the two leads Sayashi Riho (Morning Musume '14) and Wada Ayaka (S/mileage) in particular were a faithful enactment of the pitiful and fragile bonds between these two girls.

This cruel tragedy of love and hate seems almost to betray the traditional image of idols. Before the show started, opinion seemed divided over the nature of the content, but after it began, opinions started coming in on the Internet: 「I thought it was just another idol production so I went in to watch without any expectations, but I was so moved that I couldn't even stand up from my seat afterwards」or 「It's enjoyable even for people who are not fans of Hello! Project. The singing and acting was really good.」. Such high praise has started to draw attention to this musical.
The producer Niwa Tamon "Andrew"(BS-TBS) commented 「I wanted the world to know how good the girls from Hello! Project were at singing and dancing. By bringing their singing and dancing to the forefront, we want to change what society thinks of idols, in a good way "betraying" the traditional image of idols in the process」.

『LILIUM ─Shoujo Junketsu Kageki─』 will be showing on June 20th and 21st at Osaka's Morinomiya Piloti Hall.

Additionally, the 「Girls' Drama Club Project」 is currently carrying out auditions for cast members. Those who pass the audition will be able to participate in the musical in October with S/mileage, as well as be considered for future musicals with the same Project. The age range is girls from 8~20 years old. For further details please consult Gekkan DeView July edition or Web DeView.

Source: http://deview.co.jp/News?am_article_id=2038658&am_ko=twit&am_t=1402888777&set_cookie=2

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