I LOVE MUSICALS’ SUCCESS IN JAPAN
After three successful tours (2012, 2014 and 2015) with Peter Jöback’s concept production “I Love Musicals”, it was about time to introduce the show outside of Scandinavia. Yesterday, some of the world’s greatest musical stars – Peter Jöback, Ramin Karimloo, Norm Lewis and Sierra Bogess – shared the stage for the first time, at two sold-out concerts at the legendary Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan, in front of a cheering audience.
Also present on stage was one of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, the Tokyo Philharmonics, led by maestro David White, as well as special guest Seiko Nizuma, one of Japan’s greatest musical stars. The crowd’s response was overwhelming; the artists were rewarded with wild cheering and standing ovations.
Peter Jöback: “I am extremely happy and proud to have been given the opportunity to take this fantastic production to such an iconic arena. It felt incredible to share the stage with Sierra, Norm, Ramin and Seiko, and this magnificent orchestra.”
“I Love Musicals” was created by Peter Jöback in 2012, and its success was repeated in 2013 and 2015. Over 65,000 people attended the latest Scandinavian tour where Peter had invited longtime colleague and friend Helen Sjöholm to co-host. The show’s spectacular success and the audience’s incredible response inspired its creators to branch out in the world. Peter Jöback took his Swedish production team to Japan, as well as the musicians in Le Comp: Mikael Jöback, Hux Nettermalm, Martin Höper, Magnus Bengtsson and Mikael Ottosson.
The Nippon Budokan Arena has a long and legendary history full of major musical milestones. The Beatles played there in 1966, and in 1978 Bob Dylan released his live album “Bob Dylan at Budokan”. KISS, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Blur and Deep Purple are just a few other major artists known for their spectacular performances at the stadium. ABBA ended their world tour at Nippon Budokan on March 27th, 1980 – their last arena concert ever. Now, Peter Jöback’s name has been added to the Budokan’s hall of fame.