Manga author Moyoco Anno’s official Twitter account has announced that her manga Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen (Bikachō Shinshi Kaikoroku) is inspiring an American Broadway musical adaptation. Tony Award-winning stage director and choreographer Rob Ashford is directing and choreographing the musical, which is also planned for a “worldwide release.” Devin Keudell of Bespoke Theatricals is credited as general manager. Izumi Takeuchi is credited as producer.
To celebrate the musical’s announcement, Anno’s official YouTube channel is streaming the anime short that Studio Khara (headed by Moyoco Anno’s husband Hideaki Anno) released in 2015 as part of the Japan Anima(tor)’s Exhibition’s (Japan Animator Expo) project.
The story of Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen is described as:
Beginning of the 20th century. Colette works in a brothel and entertains clients with “perverted” desires. She is leading a life without prospects. Her only happiness consists of the secret meetings with gigolo Leon, whom she feels helplessly attracted to. Even though he is visiting other women… “Perverts are people who have explored and put a shape to their desires. Just like a blind man using both hands to carefully trace the contours of a vase of flowers…” Who are these perverts Moyoco Anno brings to life in Paris, the city of flowers? After “Sakuran” and “Buffalo 5 Girls” comes another story about the strong lives of prostitutes.
Anno launched the Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen manga in Shodensha’s Feel Young magazine in 2013, and ended it in March 2018.