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PLAYZONE is an annual musical produced by Johnny H. Kitagawa performed by the talents of Johnny & Associates. It is performed yearly with a different storyline each.

At the beginning it was acctually a musical performed by Shonentai with other Johnny's talents as support. But then in 2008 they decided to make it their last appereance in PLAYZONE. The next year they let their juniors take over the show.

PLAYZONE "Mystery" Bassui

Date: July 5-27, 1986 (30 shows)
Cast: Shonentai
Album release: October 30, 1986
VHS/LD release: September 5, 1986

PLAYZONE'87 「TIME-19」 Musical Bassui

Date: July 3-26 (30 shows)
Cast: Shonentai
Album release: October 28, 1987
VHS/LD release: September 7, 1987

PLAYZONE'88 Capriccio -Tenshi to Akuma no Kyuusoukyoku-

Date: July 4-August 31 (51 shows)
Cast: Shonentai
Album release: June 10, 1988
VHS/LD release: August 21, 1988
Trivia:

- They celebrated its 100th show during this period.

PLAYZONE'89 MUSICAL Again

Date: July-August (53 shows)
Cast: Shonentai
Album release: September 21 1989
VHS/LD release: September 21, 1989

PLAYZONE'90 MASK

Date: July 7-August 19 (42 shows)
Cast: Shonentai
Album release: June 30, 1990
VHS/LD release: September 12, 1990
Trivia:

- They celebrated its 200th show during this period.

PLAYZONE'91 SHOCK

Date: July 4-August 18 (41 shows)
Cast: Shonentai, TOKIO
VHS release: September 26, 1991

PLAYZONE'92 Saraba Diary

Date: July 11-August 16 (39 shows)
Cast: Shonentai, TOKIO, J-Eleven, Johnny's Jr.
DVD release: October 7, 1992

PLAYZONE'93 WINDOW

Date: July 8-August 19 (41 shows)
Cast: Shonentai
VHS release: October 6, 1993
Trivia:

- They celebrated its 300th show during this period.

PLAYZONE'94 MOON

Date: July 5-August 12 (45 shows)
Cast: Shonentai, Sakamoto Masayuki, Nagano Hiroshi
Album release: June 17, 1994
VHS release: October 7, 1994
Trivia:

- They passed 500.000 audience for PLAYZONE during this period.

PLAYZONE'95 KING & JOKER

Date: July 7-August 14 (40 shows)
Cast: Shonentai, Sakamoto Masayuki, Nagano Hiroshi, Inohara Yoshihiko
VHS release: October 4, 1995
Trivia:

- They celebrated its 400th show during this period.

PLAYZONE'96 RHYTHM

Date: July-August (38 shows)
Cast: Shonentai, 20th Century
Album release: July 10, 1997
VHS release: November 22, 1997

PLAYZONE'97 RHYTHM II

Date: July 12-August 11 (35 shows)
Cast: Shonentai, V6
Album release: July 21, 1997
VHS/LD release: October 22, 1997

PLAYZONE'98 5night's

Date: July 12-August 17 (40 shows)
Cast: Shonentai, 20th Century
Album release: August 5, 1998
VHS/LD release: October 28, 1998
Trivia:

- They celebrated its 500th show during this period.

PLAYZONE 1999 "Goodbye & Hello"

Date: July 11-August 15 (41 shows)
Cast: Shonentai, 20th Century, Musical Academy
Album release: July 7, 1999
VHS/LD release: October 27, 1999

PLAYZONE 2000 "THEME PARK"

Date: July 16-August 20 (40 shows)
Cast:

Album release: August 2, 2000
VHS release: October 25, 2000
Trivia:

- They celebrated its 600th show during this period.

PLAYZONE 2001 Shinseiki~EMOTION~

Date: July 14-August 17 (44 shows)
Cast:

Album release: August 1, 2001
DVD/VHS release: October 24, 2001
Trivia:

- In the DVD/VHS MatsuokaMasahiro played Kare.

PLAYZONE 2002 Ai Shi

Date: July 13-August 15 (42 shows)
Cast: Shonentai, Sato Atsuhiro, Kazama Shunsuke, Musical Academy, Yabu Kota
Album release: July 31, 2002
DVD/VHS release: October 23, 2002
Trivia:

- They passed 1 million audience for PLAYZONE during this period.

PLAYZONE 2003 Vacation

Date: July 14-August 17 (40 shows)
Cast: Shonentai, Kazama Shunsuke, Ikuta Toma, Hasegawa Jun, Musical Academy
Album release: August 6, 2003
DVD/VHS release: October 22, 2003
Trivia:

- They celebrated its 700th show during this period.

PLAYZONE'04 WEST SIDE STORY

Date: July 2-August 5 (Aoyama Theatre), August 9-16 (Osaka) (51 shows)
Cast: Shonentai, Sato Atsuhiro, Akasaka Akira, Ikuta Toma, Toshin Yoshikazu

PLAYZONE'05 ~20th Anniversary~ Twenty Years

Date: July 6-August 4 (Aoyama Theatre), August 13-17 (Osaka) ((44 shows)
Cast:

Album release: August 10, 2005
DVD/VHS release: October 28, 2005
Trivia:

- They celebrated its 800th show during this period.

Shonentai PLAYZONE 2006 ~Change~

Date: July 9-August 5 (40 shows)
Cast:

Album release: July 26, 2006
DVD/VHS release: October 24, 2006

Shonentai PLAYZONE 2007 『Change2Chance』

- They celebrated its 900th show during this period.
- The DVD release was cancelled because of Sato Atsuhiro's drug scandal.
- The sale of the soundtrack album also got stopped because of the drug scandal.

Shonentai PLAYZONE FINAL 1986~2008 SHOW TIME Hit Series Change

Date: July 6-August 8, 2008 (Aoyama Theatre), August 26-31, 2008 (Osaka) (45 shows)
Cast:

DVD release: March 4, 2009
Trivia:

- This marks the last PLAYZONE lead by Shounentai.

PLAYZONE 2009 ~Taiyo kara no Tegami~

Date: July 11-August 9 (Aoyama Theatre, Tokyo), August 21-26 (Osaka) (48 shows)
Cast:

Director : Nishikiori Kazukiyo
Stroy:

They are all togehter to creat a show. But Fujigaya and Uchi have different opinions on what kind of show they want to create. This causes discord in the group. Among them Yara is the most calm and experienced as he tries his best to unite all of them. In the end they were able to deliver a wonderful show.

Soundtrack Album release: August 26, 2009
DVD release: December 2, 2009

PLAYZONE 2010 ~ROAD TO PLAYZONE~

Date: July 9-August 1 (Aoyama Theatre, Tokyo), August 14-22 (Osaka) (44shows)
Cast:

Director : Travis Payne
Director : Travis Payne
Stroy:

Yuma is a young boy, dreaming to find his mother. Togehter with 4 friends he lives on the street. One day they found an unconscious person and tried to help. But when they heard the police siren, they became afraid to be accused and immediately went hiding. There they overheard about an audition for a musical. They all went and tried to pass togehter to fulfill their dream. Shintaro is another boy who passed the audition. After passing, they went for a training camp together with Yara and A.B.C-Z members. There the police came and arrested a friend of Yuma because the found a handkerchief of his at the crime scene. Ofcourse the others wanted to help, but htey got warned by the seniors because the show will soon start.
On the day of their performance, they got a letter from their friend in jail. This caused them to decide to go and help him out even though it means they won't be allowed to perform on the show. After saving their friend they decided to try to go back and beg for a chance togehter.

Soundtrack Album release: July 28, 2010
Single ROAD TO PLAYZONE release: August 18, 2010
DVD release: November 10, 2010
Trivia:

- Some Johnny's who came to watch this show also came on stage to pretend to try auditioning by performing. Some of them are: Uekusa Katsuhide, Takizawa Hideaki, some M.A.D. members, some Kis-My-Ft2 members.

PLAYZONE '11 ~SONG & DANC'N~

Date: July 8 - August 7 (Aoyama Theater, Tokyo), August 19-21 (Chunichi Theatre, Aichi), August 28-31 (Osaka)
Cast:

  • Imai Tsubasa
  • Yara Tomoyuki
  • Nakayama Yuma
  • A.B.C-Z
  • They Budou
  • "MAD"
  • Foo-Yuu
  • Jr.A
    • Kawashima Noeru
    • Morita Myuto
    • Nakata Hiroki
    • Shimekake Ryuya
  • Johnny's Jr.

Story:
Soundtrack Album release: July 20, 2011
DVD release: November 2, 2011
Trivia:

- Kawai Fumito from A.B.C-Z fractured his foot after he jumped off stage on July 23rd, causing him not to be able to continue performing for the rest of the shows and not being filmed for the DVD. But he made a special comment in the DVD.

PLAYZONE '12 ~SONG & DANC'N. PART II~

Date: July 9 - August 11 (Aoyama Theater, Tokyo)
Cast:

  • Imai Tsubasa
  • Nakayama Yuma
  • Yara Tomoyuki
  • Foo-Yuu
  • They Budou
  • "MAD"
  • Travis Japan

Soundtrack Album release: July 19, 2012
DVD release: October 31, 2012

PLAYZONE '13 ~SONG & DANC'N. PART III~

Date: July 3 - August 10 (Aoyama Theater, Tokyo)
Cast:

Soundtrack Album release: July 3, 2013
DVD release: November 7, 2013

PLAYZONE IN NISSAY

Date: January 6 - 28 (Nissay Theatre, Tokyo)
Cast:

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