As part of the year-long 30th anniversary celebration of Dragon Ball Z, Toei Animation Inc. and Sony Pictures Television’s FUNimation Entertainment have announced that the “Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure,” a one-of-a-kind concert experience, is coming to North America. Produced by Overlook Events and presented by AWR Music Productions, the “Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure” combines scenes and sounds of Dragon Ball together with live vocals, a 60-piece orchestra and the music of legendary Japanese composer Shunsuke Kikuchi to create an immersive multimedia event for fans. The North American tour of the “Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure” kicks off on March 27, 2020 with its premiere performance in Chicago, Illinois at the Rosemont Theatre featuring the World Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eric Roth. Additional dates and locations to be announced.
Produced by Toei Animation and distributed in the United States and Canada by FUNimation, the Dragon Ball anime franchise consists of four TV series, namely Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super, and now 20 feature films including this year’s blockbuster film Dragon Ball Super: Broly. This year marks the global 30th anniversary of the Dragon Ball Z anime TV series.
Based on its Narrative Symphonic Experience concept, Overlook Events mixes a symphony orchestra with rock instruments, live vocals, sound effects and light synchronized to a compilation of Dragon Ball video excerpts projected on giant screens, following a strict narrative – to create the Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure. The result is a concert experience that achieves a musical and technical mastery still very rare in an industry dominated by cinema-concerts.
Overlook describes their creative process:
“As great enthusiasts of Akira Toriyama’s saga, we spent long months carefully selecting and analyzing each scene to draw out the essence of the Dragon Ball story. While reconstructing each arc, each scene was thoughtfully set to new orchestrations of the classic music, to align with our Narrative Symphonic Experience concept. Nothing was left to chance. Now, we invite you to enjoy every minute of this concert experience, from the opening trumpet notes heralding the first transformation of Son Goku, ready to unleash his uncontrollable fury against the mighty Frieza.”
Tickets for the premiere performance of “Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure” will go on sale at 10 a.m. CST on November 15, 2019 via Ticketmaster at http://bit.ly/DBSymphonicAdventure.