Few days ago, the famous plus-size comedian and creator of the brand Punyus, Naomi Watanabe announced her main role for the worldwide-known Broadway Musical “Hairspray” in Japan for 2020.

Hairspray Musical is a story about racial prejudice and freedom expression, the musical emphasises on issues of acceptance and discrimination within society.
Being set in the 1960s, the musical highlights the struggles of racial discrimination of African-Americans during the civil rights movement, with a focus on the world of popular culture.

It is empowering by acknowledging the challenges and limitations enforced on African Americans during this time, and also reminds audiences of the progress made as a result of the civil rights movement. Its message can also be used to empower change for other forms of discrimination that are still relevant in today’s society.

Let’s see how Japan will adapt this classic to its culture !

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