Seiko Niizuma
Seiko was born in Aichi prefecture, Japan. From the age of eleven, she spent nearly seven years in Thailand. After graduating from International School Bangkok, she entered Sophia University in Tokyo to study International Relations and Law. While a student at Sophia, she was discovered by a talent agency while singing in a live performance. Her career in show business began in January 2002, as a reporter in the TBS TV program, “The King’s Brunch.”
In summer 2003, among 5000 others who auditioned, she was chosen to play Eponine in the Japanese production of the musical, “Les Miserables.” This marks her stage debut. It was an extremely rare case, as she had no formal training in singing and had no acting experience. Her second stage appearance was in the four-month-long-run production of “Miss Saigon,” where she played the lead role, Kim. Other stage credits include the Ongakuza musical “21C: Mademoiselle Mozart,” in which she played the lead role, Mozart. She also performed Renee, the lead role in Yukio Mishima’s play, “Madame de Sade.” She was awarded the 31st Kazuo Kikuta Drama Award for her excellent performance in the above two shows.
Currently, she is playing Margrid Arnaud, the key character in the world premier musical, “Marie Antoinette.” Her highly acclaimed acting and singing lead her to receive the 2006 Award for Excellence in the field of Dramatic Performance at the Agency for Cultural Affairs Arts Festival.
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