Oh internet. I was all but prepared to write another one of my reviews when, all the sudden, you leave a golden egg of pure ridiculousness on my lap. Yes, the bits you might have heard about a Death Note musical have all been confirmed months ago, but now we do in fact have an actual song, in all its Wildhorn glory. Welcome to another installment of Simulcast Corner, a News/Death Note specific edition.
So I’ll be honest, Death Note has never, ever been a favorite of mine. I enjoyed the premise initially and tried to get into it on various occasions, but the story never grabbed me like it did, well, the rest of the anime loving population. The characters never really interested me, and I felt the plot became too crazy as it continued. But I know many people still love this show, and thus it make sense that its popularity would continue. And even with my distaste for it, I can definitely see why someone would want to make a musical out of it.
Speaking of which, who the heck is involved in this thing anyway? Well the man behind the music for this production is none other than Frank Wildhorn. Who is he? Well, Frank just happens to be one of the most well recognized lyricists in the Broadway world. Most people know his work from Jeykll & Hyde musical, along with cult favorites like Bonnie & Clyde and Dracula. He also wrote songs for pop stars, including the immortal Whitney Houston. So yeah, this guy is kind of a big deal.
Now, let’s examine the song:
Sadly, this demo doesn’t have any official title I can find, but let’s call it for the moment “One And The Same” since these words are referenced in the chorus. We can hear the vocals of Jeremy Jordan (#lordhavemercythefangirlingisstrong) and Jarrod Spector, two awesome Broadway talents who perfectly showcase Wildhorn’s strengths as a composer/lyricist. In fact, this might be one of the strongest and most confident songs I’ve heard out of Wildhorn in quite some time, along with lyrics that fit Light and L’s personalities very well. I’m gonna take a guess in saying Jeremy (the first to sing) is playing Light in this demo, and Jarrod is L. Either way, their voices work pretty well for their characters, but can’t see them working too well, visually speaking.
I have no idea what the context of the song is, or any of the plot details, but knowing Frank being involved, the drama will not be dialed down. My guess is that this show is gonna rely on the majority of the plot that is featured in the first Death Note movie, or first few chapters (that I can remember, at least….) of the manga. Either way, this is gonna make for one interesting show, if it makes it to the USA, or if it is just the Korean production (that will premiere later this year.)
So what are your thoughts on the Death Note musical? What plot are you hoping gets covered? Do you like this casting, or would you rather have other actors than the ones on this demo? Who would be in your dream cast of the show, if it does indeed premiere on Broadway? Comment below with your thoughts and ideas!