‘BLAST!’back in Peoria before 8-week Japanese tour

Star of Indiana has announced that their phenomenally popular stage spectacular “BLAST!” will return to Japan for an eight-week engagement from July 28 through September 19, following their three performances at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL, July 16 and 17.

The official United States tour began at the Peoria Civic Center in September 2001, and the show returns to Japan after three sold-out weeks there last summer.

Last year “BLAST!” truly took the Japanese by storm, creating an excitement akin to the Beatles’ arrival in the United States in the early 1960s. It will return to Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo for five weeks and will play engagements in Osaka and Nagano as well.
Born on athletic fields across the nation, “BLAST!” is a novel art form evolved from the showmanship of outdoor pageantry. A unique experience, the show explodes the genre with the artistry of the theatre. It is musical spectacle; it is music in motion. Described by Richard Christiansen of the Chicago Tribune, “ ‘BLAST!’ And a truer word was never spoken. A terrific good time . . . explosive entertainment. It is indeed a blast.”

“BLAST!” evolved from the drum and bugle corps Star of Indiana, founded in 1984 in Bloomington, IN, by businessman Bill Cook to benefit young people in music education. Artistic Director James Mason is a lifelong veteran of drum and bugle corps and other musical activities. “BLAST!” is produced by Cook Group Inc. and Star of Indiana. The Peoria and Japan engagements are managed by Dodger Theatricals of North America.

The “BLAST!” schedule:
Peoria Civic Center
July 16, 8:00 PM
July 17, 2:00 and 8:00 PM
Tickets: 309 680 3551
Tokyo — Bunkamura Orchard Hall
July 28 – August 22

Performances: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 7:00 PM, Thursday 2:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00, 6:00 PM
Osaka — Osaka Kosei Nenkin Kaikan Hall
August 25 – September 5

Tokyo — Tokyo Forum – Hall C
September 8 – September 15
Schedule as Tokyo above

Nagano — Matsumoto Performing Arts Center
September 18 – September 19
Saturday and Sunday 1:00, 6:00 PM