Nov. 15 —“Nihonmachi: The Place to Be,” the musical journey about California’s Japan towns, will return for an encore performance on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo.
Produced by the Los Angeles-based Grateful Crane Ensemble, “Nihonmachi” is written by Sansei playwright Soji Kashiwagi, (“The Camp Dance: The Music & The Memories”), directed by Darrell Kunitomi, with musical direction by Scott Nagatani.
Proceeds from the show will benefit The Little Tokyo Koban and Visitor Center. For over 24 years, the Koban has addressed the security issues of the area, and served the community with safety seminars for children and seniors, clean-up campaigns, volunteer foot and bike patrols, and by offering first aid, CPR and fire extinguisher classes.
The “Nihonmachi” show features classic Japanese and American songs interspersed throughout the show including “Oboro Zukiyo,” “Sumida Gawa,” “Jinsei Gekijo,” “Mennai Chidori,” “Don’t Fence Me In,” “Night and Day,” and “Koko ni Sachiari” to name a few. Also included is a medley of songs in tribute to the late Misora Hibari, the enormously popular Japanese singer and actress.
The Aratani/Japan America Theatre is located at the JACCC, 244 S. San Pedro Street in Little Tokyo. Reserved seats in the front Orchestra are $50 each and includes a goody bag. General admission tickets are $35 for rear orchestra, and $30 for balcony.
For ticket information, and sponsorship opportunities, please call the Little Tokyo Koban at (213) 613-1911 from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.