NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, has shown the 2006 TV movie several times. The original film, as well as its attendant dance-along and singalong videos, are in semi-regular rotation on the Japanese version of the Disney Channel.
A huge promotional campaign is under way for the local version of the DVD, which went on sale May 23.
More significantly, a Japanese-language stage production will debut for a two-week run at Tokyo Aoyama Theatre on June 12 and will move to Osaka’s NHK Hall the first week of July.
The show will star Nami Tamaki, a 19-year-old pop singer discovered at a 2003 Sony Music Japan audition where she danced to Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor.”