Death Note The Musical In Concert ★★★★★ Lyric Theatre | September 7 - 10, 2023


Calling all manga mavens and animé aficionados! The classic Death Note is back in a new iteration. This time, Light and L battle it out in a captivating new musical. After extensive success in Japan and Korea, this production is testing the waters in London, and we predict it will be a big success. The story of the schoolboy and the super sleuth who engage in a battle of wits after the former discovers a notebook allowing him to kill anyone whose name he writes in it has been pared down, but the essentials are still here. The questions of law vs. justice, whether the ends can ever justify the means and the corruptive influence of power are all cleverly wrapped in a cat and mouse game played by the two protagonists. Plus, all of this is set in a context of the existential questions posed by the intervention in human affairs of the shinigamis, or death gods. The intriguing story moves along at a good pace, and Frank Wildhorn's score beautifully explores the themes. Songs like "We All Need A Hero" and "I'll Only Love You More" are standouts, wonderfully complementing the more intense numbers like "Where Is The Justice" and "Hurricane." Joaquin Pedro Valdes puts in a strong performance as Light, the student who is seduced by power and Dean John Wilson was charmingly quirky as the detective, L. As the obsessed Misa, Frances Mayli McCann hit just the right note, and Adam Pascal was a splendid Ryuk. Aimie Atkinson deservedly brought down the house with her rendition of "When Love Comes." This is a Death Note that will delight the already initiated and should create a whole new audience for the manga masterpiece.

Rated: ★★★★★

Reviewed by J.C.
Photo by Mark Senior

Want to save on tickets? See our Tips page.

When, Where, Getting there:

Most Popular

São Paulo Dance Company ★★★★★ Sadler's Wells Theatre | February 9 & 10, 2024

The Hills of California ★★★★ Harold Pinter Theatre | Jan 27 - Jun 15, 2024

Naked Boys Singing, The Garden Theatre at The Eagle - ★★★★ - Until October 25, 2020

St. Martin in-the-fields: Lunchtime Concerts ★★★★ FREE

This Might Not Be It ★★★★★ Bush Theatre | Jan 30 - Mar 7, 2024

Bronco Billy – The Musical ★★★ Charing Cross Theatre | Jan 24 - Apr 7, 2024

The Handmaid’s Tale ★★★ London Coliseum | February 1 - 15, 2024

Before After ★★★ Southwark Playhouse | Feb 7 - Mar 2, 2024

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie ★★★★ Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre | Feb 8 - Mar 23, 2024

Colonel Saab ★★★★★ Trafalgar Square | 2024

The City Life Magazine | Reviews & Ratings