[NEWS] Ikuta Erika will Appear in “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet 1812” Musical

It has been announced in Nogizaka46 official site that she will take part in “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet 1812” musical. She also stated in her blog that she will play role as Natasha.

This musical is a sung-through musical adaptation of a 70-page segment from Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace written by composer/lyricist Dave Malloy and directed by Rachel Chavkin. The musical received positive reviews, particularly for Phillipa Soo, Denée Benton, and Josh Groban’s leading performances, as well as for the production’s score, direction, and scenic design. The show was nominated for 12 awards—the highest number of nominations in the 2016–2017 season—for the 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical for Benton, Best Actor in a Musical for Groban, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Lucas Steele, and Best Direction of a Musical for Chavkin. It won two awards: Best Scenic Design for Mimi Lien and Best Lighting Design in a Musical for Bradley King (lighting designer). (Wikipedia)

The musical will be a premiere in Japan and will start to show on January, 2019.

“Mozart” is about to get produced and will be shown soon, and now this. It is another amazing opportunity for her to have a leading role in such a well-known musical.

January to March 2017 ― Romeo & Juliette
May to October 2017 ― Les Miserables
May to August 2018 ― Mozart! (Upcoming)
January to unknown 2019 ― Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet 1812 (Upcoming)

Source:
Official
Ikuchan’s blog

P.S
She mentioned that she watched “The Greatest Showman” lately. I hope she will take part if the Japanese musical for The Greatest Showman is decided.

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[NEWS] Ikoma Rina Announced Graduation

Nogizaka46 1st generation member; Ikoma Rina announced graduation in an interview of Nikkan Sports newspaper (Jan, 31st issue).

It has been on the net for hours since the preview of the newspaper began to spread around. The headline of the article is “Ikoma-chan The Face of Nogizaka46 Will Graduate in The Next Single and Continue to Exist in Showbiz

It’s hard for me to read the whole article because I can’t find a better resolution of it anywhere. So, here goes the gists of the article:

  1. The release of 20th single still TBA
  2. No, she isn’t going to marry anyone soon
  3. The trigger of this graduation is because it’s common (in Japan) that a 22 years old as freshgrad to contribute in society.
  4. Things left undone in Nogizaka46 is to retake “Mizutama Moyou” MV
  5. She is glad to be able to appear together with Golden Bomber
  6. She wants to make a lot of friends after graduated and work extensively as a talent.

And here I am still waiting for words from officials.

Source

Updates:

Official statement

Ikoma’s statement in her blog

171022 Model Press Interview

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I can finally control my breath into normal. lol

@qjunk_ on Twitter mentioned me with an article from Modelpress. I was drinking my smoothies for dinner and almost choked to death seeing the thumbnail of the article.

 

It’s a kami article.

 

This time, I’ll translate some parts of the article. Some parts which Ikuchan and Maiyan are mentioned, obviously. I’m getting more and more biased to these two ; __ ;
I’m boasting to my otaku friends that I’m a Nogizaka DD (daredemo daisuki), but look at me now? So many amusing parts in tonight’s Nogichuu but I’m translating this instead.

Maa iika?

So here we go!

 

― 「あなたはまだ、強くなれる」というキャッチコピーもありますが、作品をとおして“成長できた”ことを教えてください。
― “There is a catchphrase ‘You can be even stronger’, please tell us something got stronger in you through filming this movie.”

生田:私は姿勢ですね。なぎなたの先生に指導していただき、かなり変わったかなって。もともと立っている時も猫背の逆で反り過ぎちゃう癖があるんです。なぎなたは見た目の美しさもすごく大事で、しかも寧々ちゃんは強くなきゃいけない役。後ろにのけぞっていると逃げ腰に見えてしまうので、先生から前に前にって直していただいて。その結果、普段の生活でも姿勢はだいぶよくなったように思います。

Ikuta: As for me, it’s my posture. It’s changed since Naginata instructor taught me. When I have a bad habit when I’m standing. I bend my back backward too much. Naginata is important for its beautiful appearance, also, I have to play a role of Nene-chan who is a strong one. If I bend my back backwards, it will look like I’m trying to flee. The instructor kept saying “Go forth! Go forth!” to fix my posture. As the result, I can feel that my posture is better in my daily basis.

白石:私は毎日撮影が朝早くからで、早朝5時起きとかが続いていたんですけど、途中で慣れてきたのか、スパンって目が覚めるようになりました(笑)。朝はもともと強い方でしたが、体が早起きを覚えた感じ(笑)。

Shiraishi: As for me, usually the filming started early morning so I woke up at 5 a.m and it was continuing for days until I get used to it *laughs*. I’m actually a morning person, but it’s new that I can move my body soon as I’m awake *laughs*.


ライバルの真春(白石麻衣)と寧々(生田絵梨花)に「バチバチに睨み合って!」とリクエスト
We asked the rivals, Maharu (Shiraishi Mai) and Nene (Ikuta Erika) to glare at each other.

― 作品でも描かれていますが、部活の青春に“ライバル”“憧れ”“刺激”といった言葉はつきものだと思うのですが、最近そのような言葉をメンバーに思ったことはありますか?

 The words ‘Rivals’, ‘Admiration’, and ‘Encouragement’ in club activity are presented in this movie. Do you think the same to some members in group lately?

伊藤:私はいくちゃん!

Ito (Marika): I think it’s Ikuchan!

生田:え!?

Ikuta: Huh?!

伊藤:いくちゃんはこの夏、ずっと舞台が続いているなかでもツアーに参加していたんです。本当だったらツアーに参加できないくらい忙しいはずなのに、自分から志願して「仙台の公演だけは出る!」って。なのでリハーサルとかもギリギリまで詰めてやっていたんですけど、本番はちゃんとやりきって、最後にいくちゃんが「地方は最後なんだよね」って挨拶する時も、なんだろうな?たぶん気持ち的には追い詰められていたのかもしれないけど、とても清々しかったんですよね。いつもそういう清々しい姿って見せないので。その時にすごい人がグループにいるんだなって改めて思いました。

Ito: Ikuchan is in the middle of musical activities along this summer but she spared her time to join the tour. It was actually impossible for her to join the tour due to her hectic schedule. But she volunteered herself and said, “Let me join just for one schedule in Sendai!”. She only had a short time for the rehearsal. But she did well at the day of the live performance. At the end of the live she said, “This is my last performance for local stages.”. At the time she said that, I thought that she was actually being chased by her hectic schedule, yet I could see her refreshing appearance at the same time. It was a rare thing for her to show that figure to us. That time, I thought that an amazing person does exist in this group.

生田:いやいや…恐縮です(笑)。私はみんながすごく忙しいっていうのを近くで見て思うし、みんなの方が忙しいってむしろ思うくらいだから、常に迷惑をかけないようにしようと思っていて。だからそう言ってもらえてすごく嬉しいです。

Ikuta: That’s very kind of you *laughs* As for me, I realized that everyone are also having a hectic schedule. And I think that the other members are even busier than me so I don’t want to burden them. That’s why I’m so happy to hear she said that.

― 旭(西野)&真春(白石)と寧々(生田)のようなライバル関係は乃木坂46のなかにもあるのでしょうか?
― Is there any rivalry in Nogizaka46 like Asahi (Nishino) & Maharu (Shiraishi) and Nene (Ikuta)?

桜井:みんなを見ていて、あまりメンバー内で戦っているという印象は感じないですね。一人ひとりが周りを意識してなにかやっているっていう子はあまりいないです。でも今は3期生とか2期生とか1期生って分けられる機会が多くなってきて、その期別ごとで「先輩にも負けられない!「後輩には負けてられない!」みたいな気持ちは、グループ全体で強く感じるようになったなとは思います。

Sakurai: As what I’m seeing around members, I don’t see any struggling personally between members in the group. There’s no one who thinks of being stand-out the most of all. But since 3rd gen members are also joined, so many opportunities for us to get differentiated between generations. By that, the feelings of “We can’t lose to our seniors!”, “We can’t let our juniors beat us!” are getting stronger in the group.

インタビューメモ/撮影で5人から見えた絆
Interview Memo/The Bond of These 5 We Were Seeing Throughout Interview


ふざけ合う2人…その1
Both of them are being playful ①

ふざけ合う2人…その2
Both of them are being playful ②

ふざけ合う2人…その3。全部かわいい♪
Both of them are being playful ③ All of them are so adorable♪

試合の部分も吹替えはなし!とことんリアルさを追求!ゆえに彼女たちはハードスケジュールの合間を縫ってなぎなたの練習に打ち込んだ。真摯にひたむきに――――インタビューは撮影の時間を含めてわずかだったが、共に撮影を乗り越えた5人の絆が伝わってきた。ライバルの真春(白石)&寧々(生田)にカメラを向けて「バチバチに睨み合って!」とリクエストすれば、すぐさま腕を組んで目をギロリ。でも数十秒後には照れてふざけ合って大笑い。一方、将子(桜井)&えり(伊藤)は文乃(富田)に体を預けてべったり。心地良さそうに目をつむる姿はとても微笑ましかった。

No stand-ins in battle scenes! They are pursuing the real thing thoroughly! Therefore, they were practicing Naginata in the midst of their schedule. Sincerity and earnestly and all—–The interview and photo-shot time was short, but we could see their bonds along the way. We asked the rivals, Maharu (Shiraishi) & Nene (Ikuta) to glare at each other, and then soon they fold their arms and did what we requested. But then, few seconds later, both of them laughed and then being playful. On the other side, Shoko (Sakurai) & Eri (Ito) were being all clingy to Fumino (Tomita). Both of them closed their eyes comfortably and that was very pleasant scenery for us.

 

Photos galore!

 

Am I the only one who is seeing the last two photos as if Ikuchan and Maiyan are the brides and the rests are their bridesmaids?

NICE! DO MORE, PLS!

FYI, this post was created on Oct, 23 but I could finally publish it a week after. Welp. I was busy. I couldn’t even focus on Kareshi Event in Nogikoi ; _ ;

Thanks for reading!

Source: Modelpress