Takeshi Kaga was the orginal Jekyll and Hyde in Japan, replaying the role four times, in 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007. He was already a major musical star in Japan, having starred in the first Japanese productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserables.  In the English speaking world his is perhaps best known as the Chairman on the cooking program Iron Chef. 

In 2009 he was the lead in another Frank Wildhorn musical in the first Japanese production of Cyrano.

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