Takizawa Hideaki's now traditional New Year's musical, Takizawa Kakumei, has been announced for 2012. Like the previous ones it will run for the month of January kicking off with the first production on January 1st at the Imperial Theatre.
What's probably most notable about this year's production is not so much which Juniors will be a part of it but which won't. Even more specifically the fact only one member of A.B.C-Z will be in the production, Totsuka Shota. A.B.C-Z have been a mainstay of the productions Tackey has done so to have most of the group missing is good reason to speculate that something may be going on with the group. With the past announcement of a planned debut and the upcoming solo concert for them I wouldn't be surprised if this just might be another sign Johnny's is going to begin to push them like they did Kis-My-Ft2, as they stopped being supporters in productions for the most part in the year or so leading up to their debut so they could do other things, namely their nationwide tours. But at the moment it's early speculation and there could be other reasons but it's hard for me to shake off the debut comment for A.B.C-Z even in light of the recently announced Sexy Zone debut.
On another note I am happy to see Nakayama Yuma returning to be a part of the production again. Between this and PLAYZONE he's racking up the stage experience and it's good to see him busy at work. I would love to see him get back to drama acting again but I'm still pleased he's at least still actively working.