From the NME.
“The Age of the Samurai is about to begin…”
A modern theatre production inspired by the Queen album ‘A Night At The Opera’ will open in Japan next month with the band’s blessing.
Titled Q: A Night At The Kabuki, the show will feature all songs from the 1975 rock opus, and will be staged in Tokyo, Osaka and Kitakyushu.
The play is led by writer/director Hideki Noda of independent theatre company NODA•MAP. As Noda tells it, someone close to the band came to him with the idea to turn ‘A Night At The Opera’ into a play, two years before the success of the blockbuster Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
“Even though I was only half-convinced, I set about half-naked and sweating all over doing numerous workshops trying to put into words the inspiration I got from ‘A Night At The Opera’,” Noda said in a statement. “I then conveyed my ideas to that someone close to the band, and what do you know! I received a reply from Queen saying it was OK to go forward with the play.”
In a statement, Queen’s Brian May said he was “thrilled and honoured” to have his music soundtrack the production. “How wonderful to be a part of Japanese culture after all these years,” May said, “with what promises to be a new chapter in theatre history in this first year of the new Reiwa era.”
Set in medieval Japan, the show puts its own spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet by re-imagining the tragedy’s ending: what would have happened if the star-crossed lovers had survived? Noda describes the play as “pretty unconventional in a weird kabuki way”.
Q: A Night At The Kabuki will premiere at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre on October 8. It will also be staged at the Shin Kabuki-za Theater in Osaka and the Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center in Kitakyushu, from October 19 to 27 and October 31 to November 4 respectively.
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- Queen - A Night At The Opera - White Vinyl - French - vinyl LP - £150.00, $204.00, €168.00 (New Item) (arrived 02-Mar-2021 12:34)on March 3, 2021 at 9:03 pm
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (Limited Edition 1976 French Pathe Marconi/EMI label 12-track LP pressed exclusively on White Vinyl. housed in its gatefold lyric picture sleeve with the large [peeling] 'Special Disque En Couleur' colour sticker attached. The cover has a small tape repair to the top seam of the section, whilst the vinyl appears barely played. Recommended DC10)
- Queen - Somebody To Love - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $13.60, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 19-Feb-2021 15:45)on March 3, 2021 at 9:03 pm
QUEEN Somebody To Love (1976 UK 7" vinyl single with 'crest' picture labels & four prong centre, also featuring White Man, plain die-cut paper sleeve. The vinyl is Excellent with just light evidence of play EMI2565)
- Queen - Live Magic - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $40.80, €33.60 (New Item) (arrived 08-Feb-2021 16:50)on March 3, 2021 at 9:03 pm
QUEEN Live Magic (1986 UK 15-track vinyl LP recorded live at Wembley Stadium, Knebworth and Budapest's Nepstadion. The gatefold picture sleeve shows the beginnings of a seam split on the upper edge and comes with the illustrated credits inner while the vinyl shows only light evidence of play EMC3519)
- Queen - A Kind Of Magic - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.40, €16.80 (Back In Stock) (arrived 10-Feb-2021 09:56)on March 3, 2021 at 9:03 pm
QUEEN A Kind Of Magic (1986 UK 9-track LP, the eleventh studio album featuring the singles Who Wants To Live Forever, A Kind of Magic, Princes Of The Universe & One Vision, complete with illustrated lyric inner, gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve & vinyl grade VG+ with some light shelf wear & faint paper hairline scuffs to show play EU3509)
- Queen - Sheer Heart Attack - 80s - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.20, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 11-Feb-2021 08:32)on March 3, 2021 at 9:03 pm
QUEEN Sheer Heart Attack (Early 1980s UK issue of the 1974 13-track vinyl LP with the cream EMI label design and 'Abbey Road' in the run-out groove, glossy non-barcoded picture sleeve which strangely has the Trident logo printed which is also onthe label, along with the lyric printed inner. When the band left Trident this logo was removed from subsequent pressings, so to see this reappear is very strange. The cover shows only minor edgewear and the vinyl looks barely played EMC3061)