MOMOTARO: In Search of a HERO 2024

Directed by Sonoko Kawahara

”It is for peace and harmony between two different worlds.”

After much anticipation, we bring back the magic of live theater
We are thrilled to announce the return of “MOMOTARO: In Search of a Hero 2024,” a modern rendition of the beloved tale inspired by the Japanese folk story. This enchanting production has captivated audiences at the Japan Society’s “Children’s Day” since 2017 and is set to grace the stage once again after a hiatus due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic!

Experience an immersive, interactive stage performance for both adults and kids. Through music, dance, song, and storytelling, we transport the theater space to a world where heroes are forged and adventures await.

From the 2024 Japan Society’s production

Photography by Maria Suzuki-Baranova

During the cancellation of live performances, “MOMOTARO: In Search of a Hero” found new life in 2020 with a widely acclaimed YouTube release under “Theater To Go (TCC),” amassing over 24,000 views. Watch it here at CJA YouTube.

Production Credits

Conceived, co-written and directed by Sonoko Kawahara
Co-written by Leah Nanako Winkler
Music by Fumi Tanakadate
Original Song “Small Boy” by Jason Young(lyrics) and Yui Kitamura (composition)
Performed by
Asuka Morinaga (Storyteller)
Layla Sazanami (Dance & Song)
Yoko Laiyo-Nakahashi (Taiko)
Michiyo Morikawa (Piano)
Hikaru Tamaki (Cello)
Original choreographed by Tomoko Tokugaki
Original Soward play choreographed by Takemi Kitamura
Lighting by Tadaaki Ando

May 2024