Top Star

Feb. 14th, 2012 04:49 pm
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Well then, there you have it. I suppose I've been expecting something along these lines since Scarlet Pimpernel, so no surprise. I just hope my suspicion this means an early retirement isn't true.

Kinda cool to see them pulling some of those 70s and early 80s molds out again, with almost-sorta double-tops.

Not so sure about Romeo and Juliet, but on the plus side, I haven't seen it yet so I'm not personally sick of it. ;)

Manaki Reika impressed me in the Algiers shinko; she's grown a lot. Still think she's a better match for Mirio, though. If anything, that may be my only gripe out of all of this, and leads me again to believe in an early retirement.

But, hell, she did it! First top star from the 87ths<3 Hell of a lot of work. Congratulations, Masaki-chan.
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*Laughs* I was going to annotate this translation with explanations of various things, as usual, then realized it was going to get out of control, so I just wrote out a large mass of comments at the end.

Graph Special Feature
Request Talk Vol. 1: Ryū Masaki x Asumi Rio

GRAPH — May 2011

—Last year we asked readers what pair or group talks they would like to see,
and this time we bring you one of those requests, Ryū Masaki and Asumi Rio—


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*Laughs* I was going to annotate this translation with explanations of various things, as usual, then realized it was going to get out of control, so I just wrote out a large mass of comments at the end.

Graph Special Feature
Request Talk Vol. 1: Ryū Masaki x Asumi Rio

GRAPH — May 2011

—Last year we asked readers what pair or group talks they would like to see,
and this time we bring you one of those requests, Ryū Masaki and Asumi Rio—


Read more... )

Studio 54

Jan. 24th, 2011 10:52 pm
ekusudei: (Moon Troupe)
Events in the sumary may be slightly out of order, but that doesn't affect the story itself, I think.

Studio 54
Moon Troupe, Nippon Seinenkan
Jan 16th performance


Stars: Kiriya Hiromu & Aono Yuki

[ TakaWiki ] [ Asahi Stage Gallery ]

I'm becoming hopelessly fond of the Nippon Seinenkan, despite always ending up in the balcony (monieeeeee~~~). This time I was up on the 2nd floor, off to house right. (Luckily, as it turned out for Rizu-viewing, not too far right.)

I was too slow on the grab to get one of the last of the free pamphlet "Hot Week"s that they had left over from Bow run -- From what I could see from reading over someone's shoulder, and from what other people told me, they were pretty hilarious. I'm kind of dying to know what the cast wrote, though, in their comments section. I want to know what Nozomu said. T_T


This show made me fall even more in love than I already was with Kiriyan and Marimo as a combi. (I know, I can see you rolling your eyes at me and saying it isn't possible for me to get any more mushy over these two, but they are so perfect together. Hankyu knows what they're about, as usual.)

Summary: )

What I Thought: )

Overall a really fun play. I left the theater grinning and with that Takarazuka buzz, wishing I could see it again. I think it'll be one of those smaller shows that Tsukigumi fans refer to for a long time to come. :)

From what I understand, there are two alternate finales, either Disco 54 or Showa 54. Even before the lights went up, the people around me started murmuring "Showa 54! Showa 54!" as the cast moved into place on the darkened stage. Then the lights went up and "Showa 54" flashed on the curtain. It was a fun medley of 70s disco numbers, the Japanese versions of English ones, and original Japanese ones.

Studio 54

Jan. 24th, 2011 10:52 pm
ekusudei: (Moon Troupe)
Events in the sumary may be slightly out of order, but that doesn't affect the story itself, I think.

Studio 54
Moon Troupe, Nippon Seinenkan
Jan 16th performance


Stars: Kiriya Hiromu & Aono Yuki

[ TakaWiki ] [ Asahi Stage Gallery ]

I'm becoming hopelessly fond of the Nippon Seinenkan, despite always ending up in the balcony (monieeeeee~~~). This time I was up on the 2nd floor, off to house right. (Luckily, as it turned out for Rizu-viewing, not too far right.)

I was too slow on the grab to get one of the last of the free pamphlet "Hot Week"s that they had left over from Bow run -- From what I could see from reading over someone's shoulder, and from what other people told me, they were pretty hilarious. I'm kind of dying to know what the cast wrote, though, in their comments section. I want to know what Nozomu said. T_T


This show made me fall even more in love than I already was with Kiriyan and Marimo as a combi. (I know, I can see you rolling your eyes at me and saying it isn't possible for me to get any more mushy over these two, but they are so perfect together. Hankyu knows what they're about, as usual.)

Summary: )

What I Thought: )

Overall a really fun play. I left the theater grinning and with that Takarazuka buzz, wishing I could see it again. I think it'll be one of those smaller shows that Tsukigumi fans refer to for a long time to come. :)

From what I understand, there are two alternate finales, either Disco 54 or Showa 54. Even before the lights went up, the people around me started murmuring "Showa 54! Showa 54!" as the cast moved into place on the darkened stage. Then the lights went up and "Showa 54" flashed on the curtain. It was a fun medley of 70s disco numbers, the Japanese versions of English ones, and original Japanese ones.
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First OG Renka sighting! She had dinner with Yakumo Mika and Izumo Aya, who tells us that she's teaching dance now.

Meanwhile, Touyan had dinner with OG Seo Mitsuki and with Mirio on Sunday night. Touyan tells us she's impressed with how much Mirio has grown and how cute and cool she is, and that the middle-aged lady at the next table over had hearts in her eyes. ;)
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First OG Renka sighting! She had dinner with Yakumo Mika and Izumo Aya, who tells us that she's teaching dance now.

Meanwhile, Touyan had dinner with OG Seo Mitsuki and with Mirio on Sunday night. Touyan tells us she's impressed with how much Mirio has grown and how cute and cool she is, and that the middle-aged lady at the next table over had hearts in her eyes. ;)
ekusudei: (Moon Troupe)
The Gypsy Baron / Rhapsodic Moon
Moon Troupe, 2010

Stars: Kiriya Hiromu & Aono Yuki

[ TakaWiki ] [ Asahi Photo Gallery ]

The Gypsy Baron

Gypsy is amazing in so many ways<3

I had been hearing a lot about the 6-minute pair dance in the beginning, set to the overture (I think?), and it really blew my mind. As usual, Marimo and Kiriyan move as if they are extensions of each other. They really are the perfect combi, and every time I see Kiriyan do a complicated lift I think of Mariko<3 I LOVE our top combi.

Many of the songs from Strauss's original score are only slightly arranged, I believe, and then some few songs were added. Much of it is in triple-time, which they mention in many interviews gave them some trouble singing and dancing at first, since it's a rhythm they rarely encounter. The chorus arrangements--all of the songs, really--also had that familiar operatic feel. I'll admit, I was quite stunned by the chorus vocals. They blend so well and sound AMAZING. The solos also sounded very good, and the duets were moving as well, although in one they have Marimo singing up at the edge of her range, which can get piercing. In general, though, they have her singing alto, and it's *beautiful*.

From the few photos I had seen, I wasn't sure how fond I'd be of the sets, but the pig house grew on me. It has a charming fairy-tale feel. And the ruins of Sterk's father's castle are just awesome! I love when they use the rotating stage during the play half♥

I adore the costumes, particularly Sterk's and the gypsies'. Lots of blacks and reds and fun designs. The exception being Tamakichi's - She has a long open vest/jacket that hangs straight with no patterns or lines to it at all, and so she looks like the villain in an Arabian tale. (^^; That, or a stork.

I also love Kiriyan and Marimo and Masaki's hair pieces, extensions, and wigs.<3 Kiriyan's in particular is this perfect wild mane that hangs halfway down her back and looks like something out of a medieval romance novel. You really want to be the maiden with that head in your lap. It fits her character perfectly.

Summary )

Actresses & Small Complaints )

Rhapsodic Moon

I just-I..... Yes. It's as loud as people had warned me. But I was expecting the loud colors (we always wear yellow and orange in the specials, after all), and the loud music wasn't as bad from my habitual balcony seat.

I fell in love with the opening with the orange neon outfits. Because it was so Tsukigumi, and because there was Masaki, in the nibante place. It was rather incredible; I don't think I can even explain it. I just sat there and thought about the past four years worth of revue shows, and opera-glassing Masaki back somewhere, moving slowly up. And now, here she was. Granted, sharing with Mirio, but still. There. Right there. It's an *amazing* feeling -- I'm sure I had a very stupid grin on my face the entire time.

Overall, though, I have to admit I'm not really a big fan of Nakamura Kazunori-sensei, or his revues. Still! I looked on the bright side; no chansons.

If you want more info on the various scenes, I've added it to the TakaWiki. But, in summary:

Prologue: LOVE
Castle Shining Under the Moon: Pretty Marimo dancing. Baaaaaad wig, Kiriyan. Mini-Death Mirio, who apparently sometimes turns into mini-Phantom. I have not seen this, but I'm told her face is too small to pull off a half-mask properly. (We all agreed that for the same reason, Masaki should not be allowed anywhere near a half-mask.)
Moon Dance: SUIT MASAKI♥ (Club ladies, you are crazy. She looks just fine in a suit.) Singing Masaki in a spotlight♥ Nibante Masaki♥
LUZ Moonlight: I was not fond of the chuzume, despite the Masaki nibante-ness. BUT. Marimo's scene? Where she sang a solo all by herself in front of the curtain because she is just. That. Awesome? *LOVE!*
CARAVAN & Desert Moon: Intellectually, I know I should love these scenes. I certainly adored the bit with the duet dance. I'll give it some time.
Finale: Giving Sonoka that vocal solo, instead of having her dance in CARAVAN & Desert Moon is a criminal act. Firstly, no Sonoka dancing!? Secondly, this song does not fit her vocals and, oh dear. :( Line dance was the usual. I spent much of it thinking Hanahi Mira was Mippou, which tells you how tired I was by that point. Black tailcoat otokoyaku dance was sexy, but also seemed to lack something. I suspect that was the exhaustion, though. Finale duet dance to "I Will Survive"? Too amazing. Doesn't hurt that Rizu-chan picks up the song with Kijou Mitsuru, after Kiriyan stops singing and starts dancing♥♥
Parade: NIBANTE. NIBANTE.

Altogether, an enjoyable revue, and one I won't mind watching multiple times. But not one that made my heart swell so much it felt like it might burst. At least, if it weren't for NIBANTE MASAKI. That alone will make this revue memorable for me. ;)
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The Gypsy Baron / Rhapsodic Moon
Moon Troupe, 2010

Stars: Kiriya Hiromu & Aono Yuki

[ TakaWiki ] [ Asahi Photo Gallery ]

The Gypsy Baron

Gypsy is amazing in so many ways<3

I had been hearing a lot about the 6-minute pair dance in the beginning, set to the overture (I think?), and it really blew my mind. As usual, Marimo and Kiriyan move as if they are extensions of each other. They really are the perfect combi, and every time I see Kiriyan do a complicated lift I think of Mariko<3 I LOVE our top combi.

Many of the songs from Strauss's original score are only slightly arranged, I believe, and then some few songs were added. Much of it is in triple-time, which they mention in many interviews gave them some trouble singing and dancing at first, since it's a rhythm they rarely encounter. The chorus arrangements--all of the songs, really--also had that familiar operatic feel. I'll admit, I was quite stunned by the chorus vocals. They blend so well and sound AMAZING. The solos also sounded very good, and the duets were moving as well, although in one they have Marimo singing up at the edge of her range, which can get piercing. In general, though, they have her singing alto, and it's *beautiful*.

From the few photos I had seen, I wasn't sure how fond I'd be of the sets, but the pig house grew on me. It has a charming fairy-tale feel. And the ruins of Sterk's father's castle are just awesome! I love when they use the rotating stage during the play half♥

I adore the costumes, particularly Sterk's and the gypsies'. Lots of blacks and reds and fun designs. The exception being Tamakichi's - She has a long open vest/jacket that hangs straight with no patterns or lines to it at all, and so she looks like the villain in an Arabian tale. (^^; That, or a stork.

I also love Kiriyan and Marimo and Masaki's hair pieces, extensions, and wigs.<3 Kiriyan's in particular is this perfect wild mane that hangs halfway down her back and looks like something out of a medieval romance novel. You really want to be the maiden with that head in your lap. It fits her character perfectly.

Summary )

Actresses & Small Complaints )

Rhapsodic Moon

I just-I..... Yes. It's as loud as people had warned me. But I was expecting the loud colors (we always wear yellow and orange in the specials, after all), and the loud music wasn't as bad from my habitual balcony seat.

I fell in love with the opening with the orange neon outfits. Because it was so Tsukigumi, and because there was Masaki, in the nibante place. It was rather incredible; I don't think I can even explain it. I just sat there and thought about the past four years worth of revue shows, and opera-glassing Masaki back somewhere, moving slowly up. And now, here she was. Granted, sharing with Mirio, but still. There. Right there. It's an *amazing* feeling -- I'm sure I had a very stupid grin on my face the entire time.

Overall, though, I have to admit I'm not really a big fan of Nakamura Kazunori-sensei, or his revues. Still! I looked on the bright side; no chansons.

If you want more info on the various scenes, I've added it to the TakaWiki. But, in summary:

Prologue: LOVE
Castle Shining Under the Moon: Pretty Marimo dancing. Baaaaaad wig, Kiriyan. Mini-Death Mirio, who apparently sometimes turns into mini-Phantom. I have not seen this, but I'm told her face is too small to pull off a half-mask properly. (We all agreed that for the same reason, Masaki should not be allowed anywhere near a half-mask.)
Moon Dance: SUIT MASAKI♥ (Club ladies, you are crazy. She looks just fine in a suit.) Singing Masaki in a spotlight♥ Nibante Masaki♥
LUZ Moonlight: I was not fond of the chuzume, despite the Masaki nibante-ness. BUT. Marimo's scene? Where she sang a solo all by herself in front of the curtain because she is just. That. Awesome? *LOVE!*
CARAVAN & Desert Moon: Intellectually, I know I should love these scenes. I certainly adored the bit with the duet dance. I'll give it some time.
Finale: Giving Sonoka that vocal solo, instead of having her dance in CARAVAN & Desert Moon is a criminal act. Firstly, no Sonoka dancing!? Secondly, this song does not fit her vocals and, oh dear. :( Line dance was the usual. I spent much of it thinking Hanahi Mira was Mippou, which tells you how tired I was by that point. Black tailcoat otokoyaku dance was sexy, but also seemed to lack something. I suspect that was the exhaustion, though. Finale duet dance to "I Will Survive"? Too amazing. Doesn't hurt that Rizu-chan picks up the song with Kijou Mitsuru, after Kiriyan stops singing and starts dancing♥♥
Parade: NIBANTE. NIBANTE.

Altogether, an enjoyable revue, and one I won't mind watching multiple times. But not one that made my heart swell so much it felt like it might burst. At least, if it weren't for NIBANTE MASAKI. That alone will make this revue memorable for me. ;)
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Sorry, even more scrappy English than usual. I'd blame it on being sick, but the truth is I did most of this last week before the cold hit, so I guess being sick just means I feel even less inclined to re-write the bits that don't sound at all natural in English? ;)

Maybe I'm reading between the lines too much here, but I find the references to Moon Troupe seito needing to be "once more [...] taught stage manners and etiquette" to be interesting.

I like Tani-sensei's focus on breaking through Kiriyan's wall. I've definitely felt it a lot since she became nibante, so I hope the plan works. In the same way, if we can get some spontaneity out of Tani-sensei's direction, along with some stricter stage manners, that will be very nice for Tsuki too, I think. I feel like they've been going about things too much by rote, lately, and re-staging famous plays like Elisabeth and Pimpernel wasn't helping.

And I love, as always, reference to our otonappoi combi♥ I hope they will always continue to be used in this very promising way.


Round-Table
"Der Zigeunerbaron"
Moon Troupe Grand Theater Performance, Running until Oct. 4th


Members: (Director) Tani Masazumi, (Article) Okada Takayuki, (Senka) Natori Rei, (Moon) Koshino Ryū, Kiriya Hiromu, Hanase Mizuka, Kiryū Sonoka, Mihō Aya, Aoki Izumi, Seijō Kaito, Ryū Masaki, Asumi Rio, Aono Yuki, Ayahoshi Rion


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Sorry, even more scrappy English than usual. I'd blame it on being sick, but the truth is I did most of this last week before the cold hit, so I guess being sick just means I feel even less inclined to re-write the bits that don't sound at all natural in English? ;)

Maybe I'm reading between the lines too much here, but I find the references to Moon Troupe seito needing to be "once more [...] taught stage manners and etiquette" to be interesting.

I like Tani-sensei's focus on breaking through Kiriyan's wall. I've definitely felt it a lot since she became nibante, so I hope the plan works. In the same way, if we can get some spontaneity out of Tani-sensei's direction, along with some stricter stage manners, that will be very nice for Tsuki too, I think. I feel like they've been going about things too much by rote, lately, and re-staging famous plays like Elisabeth and Pimpernel wasn't helping.

And I love, as always, reference to our otonappoi combi♥ I hope they will always continue to be used in this very promising way.


Round-Table
"Der Zigeunerbaron"
Moon Troupe Grand Theater Performance, Running until Oct. 4th


Members: (Director) Tani Masazumi, (Article) Okada Takayuki, (Senka) Natori Rei, (Moon) Koshino Ryū, Kiriya Hiromu, Hanase Mizuka, Kiryū Sonoka, Mihō Aya, Aoki Izumi, Seijō Kaito, Ryū Masaki, Asumi Rio, Aono Yuki, Ayahoshi Rion


Read more... )
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Normally I would post this under filter, but as I honestly believe Masaki wants the word spread on this I'm going to leave it unlocked. I'm putting it at the top of my semi-review because it's integral to my reactions to things.

I haven't seen much posted about this in the English-speaking fandom, and I'm not sure if it's because people are filtering posts or simply not talking about it, but in any case it's been pretty rampant all over mixi and the Japanese-language boards and comms. Masaki has exhausted her voice. I think the 11 AM show on the 2nd was the worst, as I heard about it from English- and Japanese-speaking friends she actually wasn't able to sing entire portions of one song, which the chorus had to carry, and her eyes teared up as she was singing the "A Piece of Courage" reprise at the end and her voice died. I don't know the music well enough to tell, but people told me that they re-arranged the music for her during some of the songs so that she could sing low instead of high. I saw the 3 PM show on the 2nd, and her voice was a little better (she could carry the notes), but she couldn't project at all.

The 3rd was a two-show day and the ochakai, and we were all very worried, but were told her intention was NOT to communicate via writing (as she had done to preserve her voice during Hamlet). I saw the evening show on the 3rd and her singing voice was nearly back to normal (she was projecting again), but it still sounded extremely painful and her speaking voice was too low and husky. Still, she could talk with nearly her normal voice at the ochakai. It seemed she was continually improving; where we thought the week as Chauvelin would make things worse, she was instead getting better♥

At the ochakai she took a moment to address the subject, saying (paraphrased): I've gotten a lot of letters and words from many people over how worried they are. I want to apologize sincerely for causing you all to worry. I did too much over the last year, and my throat is sore. However, I'm being very careful, and I have consulted many doctors and teachers. There is no damage to my throat, no calluses; it's simply sore. So please don't worry any more. I'm taking care of myself and I'm going to continue to do my best to make this the best production possible.

And, indeed, against all logic, friends who saw the show on the 4th told me that her voice was returned to nearly full strength and they had stopped using the lowered score for her.

So there you have it, the worry and the resolution. Now, on to the show:

-----

The Scarlet Pimpernel
Grand Theater 2010

Leads: Kiriya Hiromu & Aono Yuki

[Taka Wiki ] [ Special Site ] [ Asahi Stage Gallery ]

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the show for the first time. Hoshigumi's had impressed me, but that was mostly because Chie's performance blew me away. This show doesn't have the technically amazing singers, but it has an earnestness to it, a genuineness, that I love. The troupe is proud of their new top stars, and proud of what they can do. The particularly warm outpouring of love from the audience after every one of Kiriyan's solos at kumisouken made me so happy.

Read more... )

Overall I like it more than Hoshigumi's, which I'll admit I wasn't expecting. Whether it's troupe bias or whether other opinions will bear me out, I don't know. In any case, Tsukigumi holds their own, powerfully♥ There's a reason they're known as the Western Musical troupe. ;)

With the added problem of Masaki's voice, I'm even more curious now as to who they'll put on the DVD as Chauvelin....
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Normally I would post this under filter, but as I honestly believe Masaki wants the word spread on this I'm going to leave it unlocked. I'm putting it at the top of my semi-review because it's integral to my reactions to things.

I haven't seen much posted about this in the English-speaking fandom, and I'm not sure if it's because people are filtering posts or simply not talking about it, but in any case it's been pretty rampant all over mixi and the Japanese-language boards and comms. Masaki has exhausted her voice. I think the 11 AM show on the 2nd was the worst, as I heard about it from English- and Japanese-speaking friends she actually wasn't able to sing entire portions of one song, which the chorus had to carry, and her eyes teared up as she was singing the "A Piece of Courage" reprise at the end and her voice died. I don't know the music well enough to tell, but people told me that they re-arranged the music for her during some of the songs so that she could sing low instead of high. I saw the 3 PM show on the 2nd, and her voice was a little better (she could carry the notes), but she couldn't project at all.

The 3rd was a two-show day and the ochakai, and we were all very worried, but were told her intention was NOT to communicate via writing (as she had done to preserve her voice during Hamlet). I saw the evening show on the 3rd and her singing voice was nearly back to normal (she was projecting again), but it still sounded extremely painful and her speaking voice was too low and husky. Still, she could talk with nearly her normal voice at the ochakai. It seemed she was continually improving; where we thought the week as Chauvelin would make things worse, she was instead getting better♥

At the ochakai she took a moment to address the subject, saying (paraphrased): I've gotten a lot of letters and words from many people over how worried they are. I want to apologize sincerely for causing you all to worry. I did too much over the last year, and my throat is sore. However, I'm being very careful, and I have consulted many doctors and teachers. There is no damage to my throat, no calluses; it's simply sore. So please don't worry any more. I'm taking care of myself and I'm going to continue to do my best to make this the best production possible.

And, indeed, against all logic, friends who saw the show on the 4th told me that her voice was returned to nearly full strength and they had stopped using the lowered score for her.

So there you have it, the worry and the resolution. Now, on to the show:

-----

The Scarlet Pimpernel
Grand Theater 2010

Leads: Kiriya Hiromu & Aono Yuki

[Taka Wiki ] [ Special Site ] [ Asahi Stage Gallery ]

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the show for the first time. Hoshigumi's had impressed me, but that was mostly because Chie's performance blew me away. This show doesn't have the technically amazing singers, but it has an earnestness to it, a genuineness, that I love. The troupe is proud of their new top stars, and proud of what they can do. The particularly warm outpouring of love from the audience after every one of Kiriyan's solos at kumisouken made me so happy.

Read more... )

Overall I like it more than Hoshigumi's, which I'll admit I wasn't expecting. Whether it's troupe bias or whether other opinions will bear me out, I don't know. In any case, Tsukigumi holds their own, powerfully♥ There's a reason they're known as the Western Musical troupe. ;)

With the added problem of Masaki's voice, I'm even more curious now as to who they'll put on the DVD as Chauvelin....
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The Last Play / Heat on Beat!
Moon Troupe 2009 Tokyo
Nov. 27th, 2009


Star: Sena Jun

[ TakaWiki ] [ Sanspo Sumire Style Stage Graph ]

Summary:

spoilers behind most of the cuts )

What I Thought:

Just want to get my first impressions down before I see it again, so this'll be quick.

This is Tsukigumi. The suit troupe. The gangster troupe. The western musical troupe. The troupe of ridiculously hot tangos. The troupe that I fell in love with. All of the things that I love about Daichi Mao's troupe, and Tsurugi Miyuki's troupe, and Amami Yuuki's troupe, and Kuze Seika's troupe, and Tsubasa Makoto's troupe, and Shibuki Jun's troupe, and Sena Jun's troupe. The people might be completely different, but something intrinsically Tsukigumi is always there. That's why--although of course I'm sad about the retirements!--I'm not devastated. It will still be Tsukigumi♥

Read more... )

On the Revue:

I've added in the little blurbs for all of the revue acts on the TakaWiki.

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The Last Play / Heat on Beat!
Moon Troupe 2009 Tokyo
Nov. 27th, 2009


Star: Sena Jun

[ TakaWiki ] [ Sanspo Sumire Style Stage Graph ]

Summary:

spoilers behind most of the cuts )

What I Thought:

Just want to get my first impressions down before I see it again, so this'll be quick.

This is Tsukigumi. The suit troupe. The gangster troupe. The western musical troupe. The troupe of ridiculously hot tangos. The troupe that I fell in love with. All of the things that I love about Daichi Mao's troupe, and Tsurugi Miyuki's troupe, and Amami Yuuki's troupe, and Kuze Seika's troupe, and Tsubasa Makoto's troupe, and Shibuki Jun's troupe, and Sena Jun's troupe. The people might be completely different, but something intrinsically Tsukigumi is always there. That's why--although of course I'm sad about the retirements!--I'm not devastated. It will still be Tsukigumi♥

Read more... )

On the Revue:

I've added in the little blurbs for all of the revue acts on the TakaWiki.

Read more... )
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Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lliri_blanc for checking it over for me. :)

Round-Table
Elisabeth -Rondo of Love and Death-

Moon Troupe Grand Theater Performance


Members: Koike Shuuichirou (Director/Script Adaption), Yoshida Youko (Music Director), Kiba Takeshi (Interviewer), Sena Jun, Koshino Ryuu, Kiriya Hiromu, Hanase Mizuka, Isshiki Ruka, Ryouga Haruhi, Ken Ruisu, Kiryuu Sonoka, Mihou Aya, Aoki Izumi, Shirosaki Ai, Ryuu Masaki, Asumi Rio, Hazakura Shizuku (Moon), Nagina Ruumi (Cosmos)

( pages 1 - 12 )
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Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lliri_blanc for checking it over for me. :)

Round-Table
Elisabeth -Rondo of Love and Death-

Moon Troupe Grand Theater Performance


Members: Koike Shuuichirou (Director/Script Adaption), Yoshida Youko (Music Director), Kiba Takeshi (Interviewer), Sena Jun, Koshino Ryuu, Kiriya Hiromu, Hanase Mizuka, Isshiki Ruka, Ryouga Haruhi, Ken Ruisu, Kiryuu Sonoka, Mihou Aya, Aoki Izumi, Shirosaki Ai, Ryuu Masaki, Asumi Rio, Hazakura Shizuku (Moon), Nagina Ruumi (Cosmos)

( pages 1 - 12 )
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(Photo: Grand Theater balcony view.)

Note: This is the second half of a two-part review, so some things are going to build off of what I said about the Sunday performance.

Elisabeth
2009 Moon Troupe
June 8th 1 PM performance


Leads: Sena Jun, Nagina Ruumi, Kiriya Hiromu
Switched roles: Ryouga Haruhi (Rudolph), Aoki Izumi (Elmer), Asumi Rio (Stefan)

[ TakaWiki ] [ Daily Sports Online stage photos 1 & 2 ]

Summary:

As I mentioned before, if anyone really needs one, I'll direct your attention to the Takarazuka Wiki.

What I Thought:

Okay, this time I was awake. And this time I both put my opera glasses down most of the time to take in the full effect, and put them up to watch the solos and duets. (...With the occasional sneak at Masaki. I'm only human.) Conclusion -- there was still a spark of love for Elisabeth left that was waiting to be fanned back to life♥ I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do and change for Tokyo.

Still not a proper review, though. I'll probably inflict one last "impressions" post on you all after the Tokyo run, when I've had time to internalize more.

Read more... )

So, final verdict from the weekend was one of excitement. I'm looking forward to Tokyo run a lot more now, and I'm definitely buying the DVD. (Yes, it was up in the air for a while. Like I said, I'm pretty burnt out on Elisabeth.) I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised by the results of the unusual casting♥
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(Photo: Grand Theater balcony view.)

Note: This is the second half of a two-part review, so some things are going to build off of what I said about the Sunday performance.

Elisabeth
2009 Moon Troupe
June 8th 1 PM performance


Leads: Sena Jun, Nagina Ruumi, Kiriya Hiromu
Switched roles: Ryouga Haruhi (Rudolph), Aoki Izumi (Elmer), Asumi Rio (Stefan)

[ TakaWiki ] [ Daily Sports Online stage photos 1 & 2 ]

Summary:

As I mentioned before, if anyone really needs one, I'll direct your attention to the Takarazuka Wiki.

What I Thought:

Okay, this time I was awake. And this time I both put my opera glasses down most of the time to take in the full effect, and put them up to watch the solos and duets. (...With the occasional sneak at Masaki. I'm only human.) Conclusion -- there was still a spark of love for Elisabeth left that was waiting to be fanned back to life♥ I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do and change for Tokyo.

Still not a proper review, though. I'll probably inflict one last "impressions" post on you all after the Tokyo run, when I've had time to internalize more.

Read more... )

So, final verdict from the weekend was one of excitement. I'm looking forward to Tokyo run a lot more now, and I'm definitely buying the DVD. (Yes, it was up in the air for a while. Like I said, I'm pretty burnt out on Elisabeth.) I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised by the results of the unusual casting♥
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Okay, this is going to be a bit more of a wavy line between the live-filter and the regular reviews, but I'm not filtering them, because I don't like to filter my reviews. (I'm tired, and suspect that makes no sense.) I'm going to do one of these for each performance, because I watched them very differently.

Warning: I arrived in the Mura around 9:45, after taking a particularly torturous night bus for 11 hours, so I wasn't entirely among the living for this performance.

(Photo: Grand Theater tachimi view - i.e. standing-section, back of the first floor.)

Elisabeth
2009 Moon Troupe
June 7th 11AM performance


Leads: Sena Jun, Nagina Ruumi, Kiriya Hiromu
Switched roles: Ryouga Haruhi (Elmer), Aoki Izumi (Stefan), Asumi Rio (Rudolph)

[ TakaWiki ] [ Daily Sports Online stage photos 1 & 2 ]

Summary:

Hah. If anyone really needs one, I'll direct your attention to the Takarazuka Wiki *points*. Really, there are no changes to scenes or dialogue, only a little blocking (possibly some of the Black Angel choreography?). I only have a dim recollection of the 2007 performance of Elisabeth, but have the 2005 imprinted on my brain, so it may actually be unchanged from the 2007 blocking as well. So, despite the exciting rumors of new scenes.... nope. I'll go over the finale selections at the end.

What I Thought:

I'm going to start like a broken record, and apologies to everyone who's heard this spiel several times already over the weekend. I'm going to translate the Kageki round-table conversation soon, because I think it gives some very interesting insight into things people have picked out about this version. Now, the fact that you have to read the round-table to pick them up perhaps shows that they didn't succeed in their goals very well? But, regardless, I thought it interesting. (And I'm paraphrasing the hell out of it, because I've only had time to skim the article.) Basically, Sena Jun's goal for the show was "simplicity". She wanted to take Death back to his roots; not drown the character in layers. The same for the show -- Koike (the adaptor/director) and Yoshida (music director) spend some time talking about how they want to focus on the music for this version.

Me. My head place was all on Ryuu Masaki, because I've been her fan for four years, and I'm so damn proud of her getting this part in a Grand Theater show as only a ken-9. So this Sunday review is in large part going to be the Masaki-version. In fact, I had my opera glasses on her and her alone every time she was on stage so that I wouldn't miss a single expression. So... I didn't see most of the other cast. But I definitely heard them. (And knowing the show by heart after helping to sub it, I can follow the action pretty easily by sound alone.) And, damn, they sounded good. So if sound was the goal for this production, I think they achieved it. Everyone sounded great, particularly as a whole. Maybe individually they weren't the best Takarazuka actresses who have ever played the parts, but I'm convinced now that Koike knew what he was doing and what he wanted when he cast the show.

First impressions: )

Overall I left with no surprise impressions (though I admit to having enjoyed Ruumi's voice more than I expected I would). I was ecstatic over Masaki, enjoyed hearing/seeing some actresses I love in some parts I liked, but felt kind of flat. I was tired, I'd missed most of the big scenes, and I hadn't even really looked at the other principles yet. The general "sick of this show" ennui hadn't really been lifted as I hoped it would.

More on the rest of the cast and the actual show when I talk about Monday's performance.

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