ekusudei: (Cosmos Troupe)
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Cosmos Troupe, 2011
Tokyo Theater - 1.15 (16:00) & 1.16 (16:00)


Stars: Ozora Yuuhi & Nono Sumika

[ TakaWiki ] [ Sanspo Stage Graph ]

Hmm. It lived up to all of my expectations, and yet.... Well, it's a bit complicated.

So far as the summary goes, well, actually, the one on the TakaWiki isn't 100% accurate to the 2010-11 performance. We should have updated it when the new English summary went up. Oops. I've never read the novel, so I can't say how much it differs. From my hazy memory....

Summary: )

What I Thought:

The bridge scene lived up to the stories! It was pretty amazing. And I liked how they staged the effects during the attack on El Soldo's camp, too. Overall, the rock sets were pretty cool.

Music was catchy. I kind of want the soundtrack when it comes out on iTunes. Kazari Jin's solo as El Soldo was really pretty and got huge applause both shows I saw.

Costumes were really fun for all of the guerrillas and gypsies. Kind of had to buy Tomochin's postcard so that I can look at that outfit whenever the mood strikes me. *laughs*

cast )

Overall, I'm glad that I saw it♥, and I liked it. The chemistry between Yuuhi & Sumika was as amazing as ever. But I guess I was hoping for a really visceral response to the drama that I never completely got, and so I ended up personally disappointed despite its being a very good show.
ekusudei: (Cosmos Troupe)
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Cosmos Troupe, 2011
Tokyo Theater - 1.15 (16:00) & 1.16 (16:00)


Stars: Ozora Yuuhi & Nono Sumika

[ TakaWiki ] [ Sanspo Stage Graph ]

Hmm. It lived up to all of my expectations, and yet.... Well, it's a bit complicated.

So far as the summary goes, well, actually, the one on the TakaWiki isn't 100% accurate to the 2010-11 performance. We should have updated it when the new English summary went up. Oops. I've never read the novel, so I can't say how much it differs. From my hazy memory....

Summary: )

What I Thought:

The bridge scene lived up to the stories! It was pretty amazing. And I liked how they staged the effects during the attack on El Soldo's camp, too. Overall, the rock sets were pretty cool.

Music was catchy. I kind of want the soundtrack when it comes out on iTunes. Kazari Jin's solo as El Soldo was really pretty and got huge applause both shows I saw.

Costumes were really fun for all of the guerrillas and gypsies. Kind of had to buy Tomochin's postcard so that I can look at that outfit whenever the mood strikes me. *laughs*

cast )

Overall, I'm glad that I saw it♥, and I liked it. The chemistry between Yuuhi & Sumika was as amazing as ever. But I guess I was hoping for a really visceral response to the drama that I never completely got, and so I ended up personally disappointed despite its being a very good show.
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
Ōzora Yūhi Dinner Show "SORA -Miracle of Sora-"

Star: Ōzora Yūhi
Hanagumisei: Sakura Ichika, Hatsuhime Sāya, Kayō Kirari, Shirahana Remi

[ TakaWiki ]

The dinner show has a loose plot of Yuuhi as the actor "Sora", Saaya as his manager, Ichika as his lover, Kirari as Carmen to his performance of Jose, and Remi as Jose's Micaella.

SONGS

 ♪ "Someday"
 ♪ "Moondance"
 ♪ "FOUR BROTHERS"
- Tranquil Heart / A Momentary Love -
 ♪ "Put your head on my shoulder"
 ♪ "COMO ME DUELE PERDERTE"
 ♪ "Quando quando quando"
- Carmen Fantasy -
 ♪ "Thinking of You (Micaella's Song)"
 ♪ "Carmen Fantasy"
 ♪ "Wound of Love (JURAMENTO)"
- Show Star SORA -
 ♪ "WE BOTH REACHED FOR THE GUN"
 ♪ "Blue Sky"
 ♪ "BOUNCE ME BROTHER"
 ♪ "IT DON'T MEAN A THING"
  ~"JUNPIN' AT THE WOODSIDE"
  ~"SING, SING, SING"
- HOLLYWOOD LOVER -
 ♪ "Memory in Hollywood"
- Miracle of SORA -
 ♪ "You Saved My Life"
 ♪ "SORA"
 ♪ "That's Life"
- Encore -
 ♪ "Miracle of Sora"

Ah. This was a good dinner show. Costumes in good taste, fun songs, overflowing with good humor. Yuuhi♥ She fits the dinner show format much more than you'd expect. I just love her dinner shows. ♥

A few tiny problems with mics coming loose on the night they recorded, but nothing that lasted for long. My only real problem was the drumming. Yuuhi seemed a bit like an elementary student who wanted to impress her parents. *grin* But it didn't last long.

Lots of use of the musumeyaku, as more than mere chorus. I was very impressed at how the show was constructed, actually.
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
Ōzora Yūhi Dinner Show "SORA -Miracle of Sora-"

Star: Ōzora Yūhi
Hanagumisei: Sakura Ichika, Hatsuhime Sāya, Kayō Kirari, Shirahana Remi

[ TakaWiki ]

The dinner show has a loose plot of Yuuhi as the actor "Sora", Saaya as his manager, Ichika as his lover, Kirari as Carmen to his performance of Jose, and Remi as Jose's Micaella.

SONGS

 ♪ "Someday"
 ♪ "Moondance"
 ♪ "FOUR BROTHERS"
- Tranquil Heart / A Momentary Love -
 ♪ "Put your head on my shoulder"
 ♪ "COMO ME DUELE PERDERTE"
 ♪ "Quando quando quando"
- Carmen Fantasy -
 ♪ "Thinking of You (Micaella's Song)"
 ♪ "Carmen Fantasy"
 ♪ "Wound of Love (JURAMENTO)"
- Show Star SORA -
 ♪ "WE BOTH REACHED FOR THE GUN"
 ♪ "Blue Sky"
 ♪ "BOUNCE ME BROTHER"
 ♪ "IT DON'T MEAN A THING"
  ~"JUNPIN' AT THE WOODSIDE"
  ~"SING, SING, SING"
- HOLLYWOOD LOVER -
 ♪ "Memory in Hollywood"
- Miracle of SORA -
 ♪ "You Saved My Life"
 ♪ "SORA"
 ♪ "That's Life"
- Encore -
 ♪ "Miracle of Sora"

Ah. This was a good dinner show. Costumes in good taste, fun songs, overflowing with good humor. Yuuhi♥ She fits the dinner show format much more than you'd expect. I just love her dinner shows. ♥

A few tiny problems with mics coming loose on the night they recorded, but nothing that lasted for long. My only real problem was the drumming. Yuuhi seemed a bit like an elementary student who wanted to impress her parents. *grin* But it didn't last long.

Lots of use of the musumeyaku, as more than mere chorus. I was very impressed at how the show was constructed, actually.
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
Hollywood Lover
Moon Troupe Bow Hall, 2007-08

Stars: Ozora Yuuhi & Shirosaki Ai

[ TakaWiki ] [ TCA Shop ] [ Takarazuka Precious ]

Quick-quick Summary: )

What I Thought:

Another show I have been hoarding for a rainy day, for so many nostalgic reasons.

I'll be honest, I wasn't even certain if I would like it, or if it would be too much like Last Party, which I didn't really care for all that much. But it surprised me. I felt like, especially in the second act, it contained some genuinely touching scenes which transcended the usual angst-fest of a Takarazuka Love Tragedy. When Amane-san gave the photo to Yuuhi, I started crying.

Read more... ) I liked the ways that Ueda-sensei managed to make well-worn scenarios fresh.

The farewell speeches were.... I think Koshino Ryuu was the worst off. She fell apart and made mistakes that set Yuuhi off in stitches♥ She was all: "I can do it, I can do it. [GIANT MISTAKE]" And Yuuhi was all: *warm smile* "Ganbatte!" Tsukigumi♥
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
Hollywood Lover
Moon Troupe Bow Hall, 2007-08

Stars: Ozora Yuuhi & Shirosaki Ai

[ TakaWiki ] [ TCA Shop ] [ Takarazuka Precious ]

Quick-quick Summary: )

What I Thought:

Another show I have been hoarding for a rainy day, for so many nostalgic reasons.

I'll be honest, I wasn't even certain if I would like it, or if it would be too much like Last Party, which I didn't really care for all that much. But it surprised me. I felt like, especially in the second act, it contained some genuinely touching scenes which transcended the usual angst-fest of a Takarazuka Love Tragedy. When Amane-san gave the photo to Yuuhi, I started crying.

Read more... ) I liked the ways that Ueda-sensei managed to make well-worn scenarios fresh.

The farewell speeches were.... I think Koshino Ryuu was the worst off. She fell apart and made mistakes that set Yuuhi off in stitches♥ She was all: "I can do it, I can do it. [GIANT MISTAKE]" And Yuuhi was all: *warm smile* "Ganbatte!" Tsukigumi♥

Le Mistral

Aug. 11th, 2010 01:51 pm
ekusudei: (Default)
Le Mistral
Moon Troupe, 1994, Drama City

Stars: Amami Yuuki & Asano Kayo

[ TakaWiki ]

Summary: )

What I Thought:

I saw the Amami Yuuki version. Sorry, this will be short because I watched it months and months ago.

Well. It's very Takarazuka in that it's this horrible, terrible tale of betrayal and death and assassins, but it's also rather a comedy. And the two spirits of the mirror are rather strange, interspersed narrators with random song and dance numbers which don't fit the rest of the mood of the piece. I liked the comedy bits quite a lot, but the overall effect was rather disjointed.

Mmm, to be harshly honest I'd say it's a bit too maudlin and not a very coherent piece, without very good music or sets or costumes.

BUT then you have to factor in the cast, which I adore, and the fact that I love Yuri and Kayo together, and that Shiokaze Kou and Wakao Risa were just AWESOME villains, and Ritsu Tomomi was amazing gruff craziness. Aoi Miya was hilarious as the foolish detective in the Sherlock Holmes cape. Aihara Serika was beautifully evil. Koshino Ryuu gave a lovely, adorable ken-2 death scene. And then there was spot-the-Saeko, spot-the-Yuuhi, and spot-the-Mizu♥

The sequence near the beginning where they introduce all of the cast outside of the hotel I LOVE and could watch again and again and again.

So all in all I have to say that I enjoyed it and I love philosophical assassin Yuri very, very, very much♥♥

Le Mistral

Aug. 11th, 2010 01:51 pm
ekusudei: (Default)
Le Mistral
Moon Troupe, 1994, Drama City

Stars: Amami Yuuki & Asano Kayo

[ TakaWiki ]

Summary: )

What I Thought:

I saw the Amami Yuuki version. Sorry, this will be short because I watched it months and months ago.

Well. It's very Takarazuka in that it's this horrible, terrible tale of betrayal and death and assassins, but it's also rather a comedy. And the two spirits of the mirror are rather strange, interspersed narrators with random song and dance numbers which don't fit the rest of the mood of the piece. I liked the comedy bits quite a lot, but the overall effect was rather disjointed.

Mmm, to be harshly honest I'd say it's a bit too maudlin and not a very coherent piece, without very good music or sets or costumes.

BUT then you have to factor in the cast, which I adore, and the fact that I love Yuri and Kayo together, and that Shiokaze Kou and Wakao Risa were just AWESOME villains, and Ritsu Tomomi was amazing gruff craziness. Aoi Miya was hilarious as the foolish detective in the Sherlock Holmes cape. Aihara Serika was beautifully evil. Koshino Ryuu gave a lovely, adorable ken-2 death scene. And then there was spot-the-Saeko, spot-the-Yuuhi, and spot-the-Mizu♥

The sequence near the beginning where they introduce all of the cast outside of the hotel I LOVE and could watch again and again and again.

So all in all I have to say that I enjoyed it and I love philosophical assassin Yuri very, very, very much♥♥
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
Trafalgar / Funky Sunshine
Tokyo Theater -- July 18th 11:30

Stars: Ozora Yuuhi & Nono Sumika

[ TakaWiki ] [ Stage Graph ]

Although most of the fun in Takarazuka is in watching the younger girls, or rather, in taking in the chorus as a whole, that can cause problems when you want to actually focus on the top stars. And so I think I've come to be grateful that Yuuhi and Sumika were moved to Soragumi, a troupe where I don't really have any other favorites. Most of the time I can concentrate on them and not get distracted.

Which isn't to mean that I don't think there are very many talented people in Soragumi! But they're not really my focus right now. So, as usual, my Soragumi show report is going to be a bit light on people, which isn't meant with any disrespect. Only that I saw the show only once, so I focused on the two who were most important to me, and then on Alice, for obvious reasons. ... Okay, with a healthy dose of Tomochin. ;)

Read more... )


So, hm, final verdict: I enjoyed it and I'm glad I went to see it, but it's not one that I would rave about.
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
Trafalgar / Funky Sunshine
Tokyo Theater -- July 18th 11:30

Stars: Ozora Yuuhi & Nono Sumika

[ TakaWiki ] [ Stage Graph ]

Although most of the fun in Takarazuka is in watching the younger girls, or rather, in taking in the chorus as a whole, that can cause problems when you want to actually focus on the top stars. And so I think I've come to be grateful that Yuuhi and Sumika were moved to Soragumi, a troupe where I don't really have any other favorites. Most of the time I can concentrate on them and not get distracted.

Which isn't to mean that I don't think there are very many talented people in Soragumi! But they're not really my focus right now. So, as usual, my Soragumi show report is going to be a bit light on people, which isn't meant with any disrespect. Only that I saw the show only once, so I focused on the two who were most important to me, and then on Alice, for obvious reasons. ... Okay, with a healthy dose of Tomochin. ;)

Read more... )


So, hm, final verdict: I enjoyed it and I'm glad I went to see it, but it's not one that I would rave about.
ekusudei: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] shuriken_chan asked me if I'd like to post a Yuuhi translation she did for a translation class, and of course I said yes!

Imagine my surprise when I saw it was one that I did too a few months ago. ;D

Good. Now you can see the difference between a real translation someone puts hours of effort and care into, and one of my quick and dirty bits! (See, never trust Jen is the moral of this story. *grin*)

Please drop her a private message if you'd like, and tell her what you think of her work. :)



TicketPia Interview with Oozora Yuuhi

Casablanca, the classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman – the love story that brought us the famous line “Here’s looking at you, kid,” – is now being adapted into a musical for the first time ever by the Takarazuka Revue! Koike Shuuichiro, who also worked on Takarazuka’s productions of Elizabeth and The Legend, is the producer and screenplay writer. Sky Troupe’s new top stars Oozora Yuuhi and Nono Sumika will play the protagonist, Rick, and the heroine, Ilsa. What's on Oozora Yuuhi’s mind before this big show?
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TicketPia: This is the first time Casablanca will be adapted into a musical: do you think that this production will have a different feel to it than the film?

Oozora: It does resemble the film very closely, and there are also parts where it seems like the movie characters have come alive, so to speak. But, it starts with a very intense number that utilizes the stage elevator and turn table, and it explains the characters and situation very quickly, because that’s the dynamic of a musical – so, I think you will understand better if you see it. The songs they had me sing are all stunning, and I think they make it a very mature musical.

T: Tell us a bit about your character, Rick – what is he like? What are the most interesting aspects of playing him?

O: He’s a very cool kind of person, but he’s not just cold: he really loves people, and he’s also a romantic. In the movie, they really don’t touch on many of the details of Rick’s time in Paris before he came to Casablanca, but in this production, he was involved in the war on the anti-Fascist side, and all the details of what he experienced and how he was hurt, along with how he met and lost Ilsa, are explained in a way that’s very easy to understand. This way, I think it’s a lot easier to convey the reason that he’s become so cool, or removed. It would be wonderful if I could successfully portray his depth and humanity.

T: Do you feel that you and Rick have anything in common?

O: Hmmm… well, Mr. Tsukasa, Sky Troupe’s manager, once said to me, “The way you act in Sky Troupe kind of resembles Rick in an American café.” (laughs) I’m pretty quiet, looking at everyone, trying to understand them and to grasp what’s going on, so maybe I’m a little bit like him.

T: Nono Sumika, playing the role of the heroine, Ilsa, is your partner in taking on this great production: what are your impressions of her?

O: In the film, Ilsa is an extremely strong character, so I think Nono may be struggling with the part, but she does such an excellent job of putting realistic emotion into her lines, so I think it will be very interesting. She’s really skillful in her interactions with the other actors on-stage, so it’s been really fun to complete such a thought-provoking production with her.

T: Finally, what message would you like to communicate to our readers?

O: I think that the fact that this is a musical rendition of Casablanca has definitely caused it to receive a lot of interest from many people, but it will be charming by virtue of being a musical as well, and since it’s Takarazuka, I think that the romance will be really tangible. If you haven’t seen Takarazuka yet, then definitely come to see this production.
ekusudei: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] shuriken_chan asked me if I'd like to post a Yuuhi translation she did for a translation class, and of course I said yes!

Imagine my surprise when I saw it was one that I did too a few months ago. ;D

Good. Now you can see the difference between a real translation someone puts hours of effort and care into, and one of my quick and dirty bits! (See, never trust Jen is the moral of this story. *grin*)

Please drop her a private message if you'd like, and tell her what you think of her work. :)



TicketPia Interview with Oozora Yuuhi

Casablanca, the classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman – the love story that brought us the famous line “Here’s looking at you, kid,” – is now being adapted into a musical for the first time ever by the Takarazuka Revue! Koike Shuuichiro, who also worked on Takarazuka’s productions of Elizabeth and The Legend, is the producer and screenplay writer. Sky Troupe’s new top stars Oozora Yuuhi and Nono Sumika will play the protagonist, Rick, and the heroine, Ilsa. What's on Oozora Yuuhi’s mind before this big show?
------------------------------------
TicketPia: This is the first time Casablanca will be adapted into a musical: do you think that this production will have a different feel to it than the film?

Oozora: It does resemble the film very closely, and there are also parts where it seems like the movie characters have come alive, so to speak. But, it starts with a very intense number that utilizes the stage elevator and turn table, and it explains the characters and situation very quickly, because that’s the dynamic of a musical – so, I think you will understand better if you see it. The songs they had me sing are all stunning, and I think they make it a very mature musical.

T: Tell us a bit about your character, Rick – what is he like? What are the most interesting aspects of playing him?

O: He’s a very cool kind of person, but he’s not just cold: he really loves people, and he’s also a romantic. In the movie, they really don’t touch on many of the details of Rick’s time in Paris before he came to Casablanca, but in this production, he was involved in the war on the anti-Fascist side, and all the details of what he experienced and how he was hurt, along with how he met and lost Ilsa, are explained in a way that’s very easy to understand. This way, I think it’s a lot easier to convey the reason that he’s become so cool, or removed. It would be wonderful if I could successfully portray his depth and humanity.

T: Do you feel that you and Rick have anything in common?

O: Hmmm… well, Mr. Tsukasa, Sky Troupe’s manager, once said to me, “The way you act in Sky Troupe kind of resembles Rick in an American café.” (laughs) I’m pretty quiet, looking at everyone, trying to understand them and to grasp what’s going on, so maybe I’m a little bit like him.

T: Nono Sumika, playing the role of the heroine, Ilsa, is your partner in taking on this great production: what are your impressions of her?

O: In the film, Ilsa is an extremely strong character, so I think Nono may be struggling with the part, but she does such an excellent job of putting realistic emotion into her lines, so I think it will be very interesting. She’s really skillful in her interactions with the other actors on-stage, so it’s been really fun to complete such a thought-provoking production with her.

T: Finally, what message would you like to communicate to our readers?

O: I think that the fact that this is a musical rendition of Casablanca has definitely caused it to receive a lot of interest from many people, but it will be charming by virtue of being a musical as well, and since it’s Takarazuka, I think that the romance will be really tangible. If you haven’t seen Takarazuka yet, then definitely come to see this production.

Casablanca

Jan. 18th, 2010 06:27 pm
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
I've managed to develop a nasty cold and get some bad news, so this isn't going to be as chirpy or as long as it would have been last night. *scowls at the world*

Casablanca
Cosmos Troupe, 2009-10
Tokyo, January 17th, 11AM performance


Leads: Ozora Yuuhi & Nono Sumika

[ TakaWiki ] [ Sumire Style Stage Graph ]

In terms of movie vs musical, no, not going to compare them much. That would be entirely stupid, as they're entirely different mediums. But the dialogue is nearly word-for-word in most of the scenes corresponding to the movie, so if you have a favorite bit of dialogue, it's probably in there. But, in terms of fairness, I have to say Casablanca has been one of my favorite movies since I was a kid. If you don't enjoy Casablanca the movie (find it too boring or whatever), you probably won't be enamored of the musical. I very much enjoyed it.

Read more... )

Final vote: If you like the movie you'll probably enjoy the musical. If you like Yuuhi, Sumika, Tomu, or Micchan you'll probably enjoy the musical. If great set designs make you drool, you'll probably enjoy that, at least.

Casablanca

Jan. 18th, 2010 06:27 pm
ekusudei: (NBN - Tomu & Gun-chan)
I've managed to develop a nasty cold and get some bad news, so this isn't going to be as chirpy or as long as it would have been last night. *scowls at the world*

Casablanca
Cosmos Troupe, 2009-10
Tokyo, January 17th, 11AM performance


Leads: Ozora Yuuhi & Nono Sumika

[ TakaWiki ] [ Sumire Style Stage Graph ]

In terms of movie vs musical, no, not going to compare them much. That would be entirely stupid, as they're entirely different mediums. But the dialogue is nearly word-for-word in most of the scenes corresponding to the movie, so if you have a favorite bit of dialogue, it's probably in there. But, in terms of fairness, I have to say Casablanca has been one of my favorite movies since I was a kid. If you don't enjoy Casablanca the movie (find it too boring or whatever), you probably won't be enamored of the musical. I very much enjoyed it.

Read more... )

Final vote: If you like the movie you'll probably enjoy the musical. If you like Yuuhi, Sumika, Tomu, or Micchan you'll probably enjoy the musical. If great set designs make you drool, you'll probably enjoy that, at least.
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
Ticket Pia Interview [ source ]

Takarazuka Revue Cosmos Troupe Performance: The Musical "Casablanca"

"Casablanca", the famous movie staring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The definitive love romance--with the famous line, "Here's looking at you, kid"--will become a musical for the very first time anywhere in the world with the Takarazuka Revue. The adapter and director is Koike Shūichirō, who also worked on "Elisabeth" and "The Legend of the King and Four Gods" among others. The hero Rick and the heroine Ilsa will be presented by Cosmos Troupe's new top combination, Ōzora Yūhi and Nono Sumika. And what is going through top star Ōzora Yūhi's mind as she faces this great performance?




--This is the first musical adaption in the world, but it will probably be different from the movie's image?

"It's an extremely close resemblance to the movie, and there are places where it seems like the movie characters have simply stepped off the screen. But it starts with an extremely intense opening number, using the lifts and lights to explain the characters speedily; it has a dynamic to it because it's a musical, and I think it's interesting to watch. All of the songs given to us are quite wonderful, and I think it's a very mature musical."

--Please tell us about the character you play, Rick. What is his image and what sides of him are intriguing?

"He has an extremely cool side, but he's not simply cold. He loves people, and he's quite a romanticist. In the movie, Rick's time in Paris before he came to Casablanca isn't explored deeply, so in this work we'll see some of his involvement in the war against the fascists when he was in Paris, what he felt then and how he was wounded, and his meeting and separation from Ilsa, which I think is done in an easy to understand way. So I think we explain why he has become such a cool and cold man. I think it is wonderful if we can present the depths of his personality like this."

--Is there any overlap between Rick and you yourself, Ōzora-san?

"Hmm.... The kumichō Tsukasa-san said to me, "There's a sort of resemblance between how you are in Cosmos Troupe and how you are as Rick in the Américain Café." (laughs) I suppose there's a resemblance in how I watch everyone relatively quietly and try to reach an understanding of them."

--What is your impression of Nono Sumika (playing Ilsa), who is your partner in tackling this enormous enterprise?

"Of course the movie image is a very strong role, so I think it is a difficult challenge, but she truly excels at putting real emotion into her lines, so I think it's going to be very interesting. She's extremely proficient at exchanging lines on stage, so I'm really looking forward to realizing this carefully crafted show together with her."

--And, finally, a message for the readers, please.

"I think many people have an interest in a musical version of 'Casablanca', and I think it's packed with the appeal of a musical, and because it's Takarazuka I think the romance can also be felt. Definitely, even if you have never seen Takarazuka before, please come and take a look."
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
Ticket Pia Interview [ source ]

Takarazuka Revue Cosmos Troupe Performance: The Musical "Casablanca"

"Casablanca", the famous movie staring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The definitive love romance--with the famous line, "Here's looking at you, kid"--will become a musical for the very first time anywhere in the world with the Takarazuka Revue. The adapter and director is Koike Shūichirō, who also worked on "Elisabeth" and "The Legend of the King and Four Gods" among others. The hero Rick and the heroine Ilsa will be presented by Cosmos Troupe's new top combination, Ōzora Yūhi and Nono Sumika. And what is going through top star Ōzora Yūhi's mind as she faces this great performance?




--This is the first musical adaption in the world, but it will probably be different from the movie's image?

"It's an extremely close resemblance to the movie, and there are places where it seems like the movie characters have simply stepped off the screen. But it starts with an extremely intense opening number, using the lifts and lights to explain the characters speedily; it has a dynamic to it because it's a musical, and I think it's interesting to watch. All of the songs given to us are quite wonderful, and I think it's a very mature musical."

--Please tell us about the character you play, Rick. What is his image and what sides of him are intriguing?

"He has an extremely cool side, but he's not simply cold. He loves people, and he's quite a romanticist. In the movie, Rick's time in Paris before he came to Casablanca isn't explored deeply, so in this work we'll see some of his involvement in the war against the fascists when he was in Paris, what he felt then and how he was wounded, and his meeting and separation from Ilsa, which I think is done in an easy to understand way. So I think we explain why he has become such a cool and cold man. I think it is wonderful if we can present the depths of his personality like this."

--Is there any overlap between Rick and you yourself, Ōzora-san?

"Hmm.... The kumichō Tsukasa-san said to me, "There's a sort of resemblance between how you are in Cosmos Troupe and how you are as Rick in the Américain Café." (laughs) I suppose there's a resemblance in how I watch everyone relatively quietly and try to reach an understanding of them."

--What is your impression of Nono Sumika (playing Ilsa), who is your partner in tackling this enormous enterprise?

"Of course the movie image is a very strong role, so I think it is a difficult challenge, but she truly excels at putting real emotion into her lines, so I think it's going to be very interesting. She's extremely proficient at exchanging lines on stage, so I'm really looking forward to realizing this carefully crafted show together with her."

--And, finally, a message for the readers, please.

"I think many people have an interest in a musical version of 'Casablanca', and I think it's packed with the appeal of a musical, and because it's Takarazuka I think the romance can also be felt. Definitely, even if you have never seen Takarazuka before, please come and take a look."

Non-Stop!!

Oct. 12th, 2009 08:42 pm
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
Non-Stop!!
Moon Troupe 1997, Bow Hall

[ TakaWiki ]

Lead: Kuze Seika

Cast: Misa Noeru (Senka), Natsukawa Yura, Yoshizuki Eri, Juri Sakiho, Takashou Mizuki, Hoshino Hitomi, Mahoroba Yuu, Jouka Azuki, Naruse Kouki, Oozora Yuuhi, Minashiro Hikari, Mizu Natsuki, Mizusawa Hazuki, Yamato Yuuga, Hanase Mizuka, Saijou Mie, Kanou Chika

Summary:

Act I

Aspiring actor Lover Brightman attends auditions for a music company and just makes it in. There he endures strict training from very odd teachers, is used to help a promising classmate, and eventually loses his girlfriend. He looses his innocent confidence, but is re-inspired by his ever helpful theater spirit boy and eventually makes it.

Act II

Lover Brightman performs. Eventually, his spirit comes to lead him off, as he will join the theater spirits.

What I Thought:

More a revue-show type performance, with the paper-thin plot only there to string together the musical numbers. The theater spirits and the idea of the candle/lantern on stage were completely re-used by Fujii-Sensei when he did Touko's "A Bientot" last year.

The cast was great, and very nostalgic. Kuze Seika was... adorable. Also, snooty rocker Mizu Natsuki (ken-5) was worth any amount of pain. Hanase Mizuka was her cute self. I approved of Sakiho Juri and Yoshizuki Eri being Kuze Seika's main back-ups in a lot of numbers. (And Juri and Hoshino Hitomi were hilarious as the teachers.) Yamato Yuuga in that costume was.... ahahah. The duet dance between Natsukawa Yura and Non-chan was hot. Non-chan singing a Japanese version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" was.... unusual. The tuxedo number and the bit with the musumeyaku in the pink things was both hot and hilarious.

But the show was thrown in between the Takarazuka and Tokyo runs of Non-chan's farewell show, and you could tell they didn't have much time to practice. The choreography was much too difficult for the amount of time that they did have, and it shows. Also, the costumes suffer from late-90s Takarazuka Revue fashionitis. On the other hand, there is a costume which... which... which really cannot be described. It must be experienced. And I thought I had seen them all.....

Over-all, a must see for fans of late-90s Tsukigumi, or late-90s craziness. Otherwise, you can probably give it a miss.

Non-Stop!!

Oct. 12th, 2009 08:42 pm
ekusudei: (Yuuhi - The Last Party)
Non-Stop!!
Moon Troupe 1997, Bow Hall

[ TakaWiki ]

Lead: Kuze Seika

Cast: Misa Noeru (Senka), Natsukawa Yura, Yoshizuki Eri, Juri Sakiho, Takashou Mizuki, Hoshino Hitomi, Mahoroba Yuu, Jouka Azuki, Naruse Kouki, Oozora Yuuhi, Minashiro Hikari, Mizu Natsuki, Mizusawa Hazuki, Yamato Yuuga, Hanase Mizuka, Saijou Mie, Kanou Chika

Summary:

Act I

Aspiring actor Lover Brightman attends auditions for a music company and just makes it in. There he endures strict training from very odd teachers, is used to help a promising classmate, and eventually loses his girlfriend. He looses his innocent confidence, but is re-inspired by his ever helpful theater spirit boy and eventually makes it.

Act II

Lover Brightman performs. Eventually, his spirit comes to lead him off, as he will join the theater spirits.

What I Thought:

More a revue-show type performance, with the paper-thin plot only there to string together the musical numbers. The theater spirits and the idea of the candle/lantern on stage were completely re-used by Fujii-Sensei when he did Touko's "A Bientot" last year.

The cast was great, and very nostalgic. Kuze Seika was... adorable. Also, snooty rocker Mizu Natsuki (ken-5) was worth any amount of pain. Hanase Mizuka was her cute self. I approved of Sakiho Juri and Yoshizuki Eri being Kuze Seika's main back-ups in a lot of numbers. (And Juri and Hoshino Hitomi were hilarious as the teachers.) Yamato Yuuga in that costume was.... ahahah. The duet dance between Natsukawa Yura and Non-chan was hot. Non-chan singing a Japanese version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" was.... unusual. The tuxedo number and the bit with the musumeyaku in the pink things was both hot and hilarious.

But the show was thrown in between the Takarazuka and Tokyo runs of Non-chan's farewell show, and you could tell they didn't have much time to practice. The choreography was much too difficult for the amount of time that they did have, and it shows. Also, the costumes suffer from late-90s Takarazuka Revue fashionitis. On the other hand, there is a costume which... which... which really cannot be described. It must be experienced. And I thought I had seen them all.....

Over-all, a must see for fans of late-90s Tsukigumi, or late-90s craziness. Otherwise, you can probably give it a miss.

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