WOWOW, Japan’s leading premium pay TV broadcaster, will present Tony Awards Concert in Tokyo March 18, 2017.
The evening will reunite Light in the Piazza co-stars, Tony nominee Matthew Morrison and Tony winner Kelli O'Hara, who will be joined by well-known Japanese actor Yoshio Inoue.
WOWOW will broadcast the concert from the Tokyo International Forum, which seats more than 5,000 people. The concert will consist of renowned Broadway musical songs and memorable performances from the Tony Awards.
Kayo Washio, who runs WOWOW’s Los Angeles office and is producing the concert, said in a statement, “These performers have instilled in me a passion for theatre over the years. Matthew’s reputation on Broadway precedes him. And Kelli’s voice takes me to another time and place. Yoshio has established himself as the foremost musical actor in Japan and I can’t wait to see what he’ll bring to our stage. I’m so honored to have them all on board for our special concert.”
“It’s an honor to have been invited to participate in this special event, and to bring Broadway’s rich tradition to the beautiful people of Japan,” Morrison said. “I look forward to sharing some of what I consider the most important music in performing arts history, and to commemorate the productions that originally brought these songs to life.”
O’Hara said, "After spending over a year working with my brilliant leading man, Ken Watanabe, in The King and I, nothing excites me more than traveling to his beloved homeland for the very first time to perform with another of my favorite leading men, Matthew Morrison!"
The concert has official recognition from the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League, who present the annual Tony Awards. WOWOW has an agreement to broadcast the Tonys live in Japan.
By Andrew Gans (2016, October 6). Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison Will Reunite for Tony Awards Concert. Retrieved from playbill.com: http://bit.ly/2f5ykqn