Tokyo, Japan-based Shochiku Co, Ltd. (“Shochiku”) announces plans to present a Kabuki-inspired event in August 2015 and May 2016, as part of efforts to develop Kabuki-inspired entertainment in Vegas. The event entitled “Japan KABUKI Festival in Las Vegas 2015-2016” will be supported by MGM Resorts International and will include a Kabuki performance and other entertainment components.
The Shochiku performance is inspired by Kabuki masterpiece Koi-Tsukami, “Fight with a Carp”, featuring Kabuki star Ichikawa Somegoro combined with Bellagio’s iconic Fountains. The events will mark Shochiku’s first performance in Las Vegas.
“Shochiku is dedicated to preserving the tradition of Kabuki as well as introducing it to new audiences worldwide,” said Mr. Mitsuhito Hosoda, Senior Managing Director of Shochiku. “We are very excited about collaborating with MGM to present the brand new Kabuki-inspired shows in Las Vegas. This extraordinary city is the most successful tourist destination in the world and MGM is a global leader in entertainment. It is a tremendous opportunity for Shochiku, an entertainment company which has provided abundant and various content for 120 years, to work with MGM.”
“As one of the largest entertainment companies in the world, we are very proud to cooperate with Shochiku, one of Japan’s cultural icons,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM. “Shochiku is a globally recognized entertainment company specializing in producing and showcasing Kabuki and films globally. We constantly seek new ways to engage and entertain our guests and we are very thrilled about the opportunity to work with Shochiku in these events.”