Dance musical “Trip of Love,” which hopes to hit Broadway next season, will bow in spring in the unusual tryout town of Osaka, Japan.
Show, which chronicles the changes of the 1960s through hit songs from the decade, is created, helmed and choreographed by James Walski and produced by Japanese producer Makoto Deguchi (“Blue Man Group: Tubes”).
Songs are sung live by a cast of about 20 performers. Narrative centers on a time-traveling young woman who journeys from 1960 to 1969.
With familiar tunes and no book or dialogue to create a language barrier, “Trip” can aim to attract the international auds who make up an increasing segment of theatergoers at Rialto musicals, particularly those that have run long enough to establish a global brand.
Although rights to the songs are all in order, creatives won’t yet say which tunes they’ll use. “Everybody will know every single song in this,” Walski promised.
Walski, a performer whose staging credits include multiple productions of “Starlight Express,” will co-design the set with Shusaku Futamura, while Gregg Barnes (“Legally Blonde”) provides costumes.
“Trip” begins previews April 4 at Osaka’s Theater Brava! Following an opening night set for April 14, show will run four weeks with the possibility to extend for another two.
If the tuner makes the jump to Gotham, the production, which has currently set its sights on a spring 2009 berth, will likely be reconfigured for a Broadway stage. Elaborate sets will have to rebuilt, since moving them from Japan to New York looks to be too costly.
With a cast estimated to be about 75% American and 25% Japanese, the show begins rehearsals in Gotham this month before heading to Osaka in early March.