Spy X Family 2023 musical theater adaptation has auditions for live-action Anya Forger

Spy X Family anime to get musical adaptation.
Spy X Family musical poster and image. Pic credit: @spyfamily_stage and @terpres

Because of Spy X Family’s rise in popularity due to its intriguing plot and lovable characters it has been announced that there are plans for a Spy x Family musical adaptation of the anime/manga series. This isn’t the first anime to receive musical treatment, however. Spirited Away had a very popular musical already, and there’s an upcoming musical for My Neighbor Totoro.

Toho Stage, the production company behind the stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, plans to release the musical adaptation of Spy X Family in March 2023. This will be the first musical that Imperial Theater has produced. The plan is to stick closely to the original story and Toho Stage is already excited to unveil its vision of a Spy X Family musical to the public.

Toho Stage commented, “The original Spy X Family work is the action and comedy manga that was serialized by Tatsuya Endo in Shonen Jump. Its unique set up with a spy, assassin and esper becoming a temporary family while keeping each other’s secrets, cute and stylish characters, a world view that is an exquisite blend of seriousness and comedy, and clever storytelling gained overwhelming support from its readers right after serialization started. Spy X Family gained the highest readership and comments record at Shonen Jump.”

@spyfamily_stage recently tweeted about Spy X Family’s upcoming musical adaptation:

Toho Stage is searching for the next live-action Anya Forger

Toho Stage has also announced that auditions for Anya Forger, the esper child, have opened. Those interested in playing the part are requested to upload a video of themselves singing to YouTube. It remains unclear whether this audition is exclusive to those living in Japan, but I’m sure if you’re the right age, able to fly to Japan, and speak Japanese you could play Anya Forger!

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Spy X Family isn’t the only anime series that will be adapted into a stage production soon. The UK Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Studio Ghibli has plans for an upcoming stage adaptation for My Neighbor Totoro in October 2022.

And in case you’ve missed it a new stage adaptation of the anime/manga series Fruits Basket The Stage became available to stream outside Japan in May 2022. It ran from March 4, 2022, to March 13, 2022, at Tokyo’s Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall.

You can watch some highlights from the play Fruits Basket The Stage here:

舞台「フルーツバスケット」開幕記念スペシャルPV ★3月13日千秋楽配信チケット好評発売中!
Official highlights from the Fruits Basket play.

Spies, assassins, and espers, oh my!

Spy X Family’s story begins with a spy receiving a difficult mission to maintain the peace between the rival nations of Westalis and Ostania by spying on Donovon Desmond – the leader of an extremist political party within Ostania. Desmond, however, is a notorious recluse and the only way for the Westalis agent codenamed ‘Twilight’ to get close to him is to enroll a child in the same private school as Desmond’s son and pose as the child’s father.

Twilight creates the alias ‘Loid Forger’, adopts a young orphan girl named Anya (who happens to be an Esper and has the ability to read people’s minds), and marries a woman named Yor Briar (she happens to be an assassin) to create a “happy family” that will be accepted in the eyes of society. Lucky for Loid, Anya loves anything that has to do with spies and excitement so her help comes in handy. Yor nor Loid are unaware of the others’ true identities except for Anya who can read their minds.

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The decision to make this musical adaptation comes in part due to the fact that the manga series presently has a cumulative circulation of 17 million copies! The anime adaptation of Spy X Family aired this April 2022 and has had worldwide success.

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