Theatre: Midnight Channel The Musical
The fog is music to my ears.Midnight Channel: The Musical
(which was known as Persona 4 Musical
before the name was changed) is the musical adaptation of the video game Persona 4
, and was started by brother-and-sister duo of Gina and Jake Smith in late 2012. Much like the original game, a nameless high school student
moves to a small, peaceful town named Inaba for a year. Soon after he arrives, though, a series of murders and kidnappings begin, and it quickly falls to the character and an ever-increasing band of friends
to stop the culprit by saving his or her victims from the TV World
, where monsters called Shadows kill those trapped for too long.
Much of the musical was completed, including the script and a vast majority of the songs in the show. Many of these tracks were put onto the project's Tumblr, and a read-through of the first two of acts of script were recorded and shared online (which can be found here
). The musical itself remained a close adaptation of the game; however, due to the limitations of compressing a 100+ hour game into a three-hour stage performance
, as well as to make it more accessible to people who have not played the games before
, several major changes were made to the plot.
Unfortunately, plans for theater performances were halted when Atlus issued a cease and desist order on January 28th, 2014
, and they were forced to take all work related to Midnight Channel: The Musical
down. While the theater production is no more, Jake and Gina Smith are currently holding a Kickstarter in order to produce a CD with tracks from the musical with a professional level of quality, with all copyrighted names and mentions stripped out. You can find the Kickstarter here.
Midnight Channel: The Musical contains examples of: