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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Not sure if anyone has seen the fliers for "Nine" are out? I don't have a scanner, so while I was searching online to see if it was posted on the theater site, I found that the web site is up: here. The poster photos are all there, and we finally see who is playing who. Takashiro Kei is playing Claudia, the actress. Juri Sakiho is playing the.... Spa Beauty? Oh, hey, I didn't even realize, Irie Kanako is in this show too (as Maria). Love her! Kotobuki Hizuru is Stephanie, the critic. And Rika is Liliane La Fleur, the producer.

If only the tickets weren't so astronomically out of my price range. *sigh*

And I got a flier for "The Lion in Winter" at the Tokyo Globe Theater in January, which made me gleeful even before I realized that Asami Rei is playing Eleanor. Here, I feel a bit bad direct-linking to someone's website, but it's too lovely of a poster not to share. God, I love that film. I can just imagine a stage version...
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Not sure if anyone has seen the fliers for "Nine" are out? I don't have a scanner, so while I was searching online to see if it was posted on the theater site, I found that the web site is up: here. The poster photos are all there, and we finally see who is playing who. Takashiro Kei is playing Claudia, the actress. Juri Sakiho is playing the.... Spa Beauty? Oh, hey, I didn't even realize, Irie Kanako is in this show too (as Maria). Love her! Kotobuki Hizuru is Stephanie, the critic. And Rika is Liliane La Fleur, the producer.

If only the tickets weren't so astronomically out of my price range. *sigh*

And I got a flier for "The Lion in Winter" at the Tokyo Globe Theater in January, which made me gleeful even before I realized that Asami Rei is playing Eleanor. Here, I feel a bit bad direct-linking to someone's website, but it's too lovely of a poster not to share. God, I love that film. I can just imagine a stage version...
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
Takarazuka Precious has Shout photos up! And... remember how I said there were no photos anywhere of the second set of costumes?

Hehehehee.... Heeee...
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
Takarazuka Precious has Shout photos up! And... remember how I said there were no photos anywhere of the second set of costumes?

Hehehehee.... Heeee...

Shout!

Aug. 15th, 2008 04:21 pm
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
Shout!
Hakuhinkan Theater, 2008

Starring: Shibuki Jun (Blue), Juri Sakiho (Orange), Oka Chie (Green), Irie Kanako (Red), Moriguchi Hiroko (Yellow)

[ Official Web Site ] [ rehearsal footage and interviews ]

Singing: A
Dancing: B
Entertainment Value: A+

The show itself is written for five members, with a run time of about 90 - 100 minutes. It is essentially a showcase of familiar 60s songs. The show follows a group of teenagers/young women from 1962 up to 1970. Each girl is a color ("Blue Girl", "Red Girl", etc) which corresponds to her personality. Blue Girl is "stylish and cool", Orange is "domestic and material", Green is "sexy and surprising", Red is "naive and unique", and Yellow is "adventurous and enthusiastic". Throughout the show they each have quick shots of their lives, and each write letters to a qwacky advice columnist.

The Girls )

I think everyone put on a really energetic performance! I loved the show. I loved the music. I loved the set, and the three (young women) musicians, and I ADORED the costumes. In terms of singing, Irie Kanako was the most amazing. I didn't expect her character to have so many solos, but I was really glad she did. Moriguchi Hiroko was also a great singer, so I was sad that she didn't have many. Rika made me SO happy. I hadn't heard any of her recent singing, and her natural voice has really settled. There weren't any spots that made me wince. Juri has such a strong voice for such a skinny stick! <3 I also enjoyed her singing. I really enjoyed hearing the Japanese lyrics on all the familiar songs. I think the Bond theme songs were two of my favorites. The only problem that I had with the music was when everyone was singing together, because the theater sound system wasn't set up very well, and the people up in the front corners got kind of deafened by the stacks of speakers.

There were actually three costumes for each character, but sadly only the one set make any of the publicity shots. This is a shame, because the late-60s and 70s outfits are AWESOME.

Dancing wasn't really a part of the show, although there were some Mod Moves. Still, what little there was was entertaining. Oh! And the characters would randomly end up bringing out percussion instruments like tambourines and wood blocks and things from song to song, making it part of the show. Yellow Girl and her vibra-slap was hilarious.

The dope scene may be one of my favorites. Ahahah. Blue Girl gets even more blank and icy than usual, saying only "ochinchin" (Freud, anyone?) a couple of times in a very deep voice, which sets Green Girl off (and I won't even write what she's doing), while Orange is laughing and then crying hysterically, and Yellow and Red are running around like maniacs. And then they break out into "Coldfinger". It was funny.

No, no, I think Rika's "Diamonds are Forever" may be my favorite... No. Or maybe the last montage, where they get the crowd on their feet, dancing and singing along. Or just all of Orange Girl's story... Juri really is a great actress! No, I really can't pick a favorite. It was all just entertaining. If I can afford it, and if I can get a ticket, I'm going to try to go again before the run ends at the end of the month. If you're in the area, I totally recommend going to see it!
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Marrakech: A Crimson Tombstone
Flower, 2005

Leads: Haruno Sumire & Fuzuki Miyo

[ TakaWiki ] [ TCA Shop ]
[ ENAK Sumire Style GRAPH ]

Since there's such a nice summary up on the wiki, I can skip that bit. ;)

What I Thought:

I- I should have loved this show. I still can't understand why it couldn't hold my attention for more than a few minutes at a time. The music, I will say, is excellent. Very fun "Arabian" flavor to it. The suits are also excellent on Leon's swindlers. Leon is love. Chair-dancing be-suited otokoyaku are love. Suzukake Miyuki's Snake Dancer costume/makeup was awesome.

I think my main problem with this show is that I didn't really care much about the main characters. I realize this is scandalous of me, and I hope Lucia will be able to forgive me one day. ;) But Ludwig never appealed to me. I didn't feel sympathy for him and his tragic past, because it didn't strike me as tragic. spoilers )

As an Osa show I was, frankly, disappointed. But I think this was just a personal preference because I didn't care for the main characters / main story. If it were an option, I would recommend for people to buy the shinjinkoen instead, because the cast acted their little hearts out, and they were adorable. Asaka Manato has gown a lot between that show and where she is now, but I feel certain Sakurano Ayane sprang completely knowledgeable from the womb. She continues to amaze. Also, sleazy underling Hinata San is love. Someday I'll give them their own, proper review.
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Uwaaaah... How pretty! Congratulations, Juri-pyon!

And Kuon Maya has had a baby! Congratulations, Maya-san!
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Uwaaaah... How pretty! Congratulations, Juri-pyon!

And Kuon Maya has had a baby! Congratulations, Maya-san!
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I haven't heard much being said about this yet. Unless perhaps it's all being said somewhere other than lj. ;P

TCA is branching out yet again, and have started their own talent agency... chock full of OGs! At least, that's what I assume it is. I'm having trouble finding confirmation, and their lack of press announcements doesn't make it much clearer. Let's all cross our fingers this means more DVDs of OG shows.... But even if not, I think it's an interesting development. Whew, and check out the warnings on reproducing their official photos at the bottom there. They're more noticeable than the ones at the bottom of the Takarazuka home page; that one is so busy I never really took the time to read them before.
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I haven't heard much being said about this yet. Unless perhaps it's all being said somewhere other than lj. ;P

TCA is branching out yet again, and have started their own talent agency... chock full of OGs! At least, that's what I assume it is. I'm having trouble finding confirmation, and their lack of press announcements doesn't make it much clearer. Let's all cross our fingers this means more DVDs of OG shows.... But even if not, I think it's an interesting development. Whew, and check out the warnings on reproducing their official photos at the bottom there. They're more noticeable than the ones at the bottom of the Takarazuka home page; that one is so busy I never really took the time to read them before.
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
Masaki's April Cafe Break is miiiiine~! Thank you a bazillion more times, [livejournal.com profile] cherrytop, for recording it for me. :D

Some of you may or may not know, Chiharu (Yabuki Shou) appears to be sticking close to the Takarazuka juggernaut. Several sightings have been seen in the latest batch of photobooks in the make-up credit section. And Un-chan mentions that Chiharu helped her get ready for the still photo for "Mind Traveller", which is her favorite still yet.

There is a rather interesting article in Takarazuka Precious about stage names and nicknames. Did you know, [livejournal.com profile] wao_wao, that Kotobuki Tsukasa's family runs a sushi shop? So much is now explained. And if I'm reading this right... Kasugano-sensei requested that Tom stopped using the "Todo" nickname because it wasn't right for a romantic actor? And "Shibi" appears to be a shortening of "Tomoshibi". *g* And Matobu Sei's "Un" nickname is from "うん太"... no wonder she changed it to "Yuu".

Rika and Juri-pyon's Thoroughly Modern Mille has opened at last! And Rika's fellow OscarPro co-workers went to cheer her on, including Kashige. Random articles from Takarazuka Precious: news conference and opening night.
ekusudei: (Rika & Juri-pyon)
Masaki's April Cafe Break is miiiiine~! Thank you a bazillion more times, [livejournal.com profile] cherrytop, for recording it for me. :D

Some of you may or may not know, Chiharu (Yabuki Shou) appears to be sticking close to the Takarazuka juggernaut. Several sightings have been seen in the latest batch of photobooks in the make-up credit section. And Un-chan mentions that Chiharu helped her get ready for the still photo for "Mind Traveller", which is her favorite still yet.

There is a rather interesting article in Takarazuka Precious about stage names and nicknames. Did you know, [livejournal.com profile] wao_wao, that Kotobuki Tsukasa's family runs a sushi shop? So much is now explained. And if I'm reading this right... Kasugano-sensei requested that Tom stopped using the "Todo" nickname because it wasn't right for a romantic actor? And "Shibi" appears to be a shortening of "Tomoshibi". *g* And Matobu Sei's "Un" nickname is from "うん太"... no wonder she changed it to "Yuu".

Rika and Juri-pyon's Thoroughly Modern Mille has opened at last! And Rika's fellow OscarPro co-workers went to cheer her on, including Kashige. Random articles from Takarazuka Precious: news conference and opening night.

Alas

Apr. 7th, 2007 10:10 pm
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Alas (Special Performance)
Moon Troupe Theater Drama City, 1997

Leads: Makoto Tsubasa & Kazahana Mai

[ Takawiki Page ]

I don't even think I can begin to summarize or review this show. Actually, I seem to remember someone already has, and I'm definitely going to go and see if I can remember who it was and read it now that I've seen the show. But I'll tell you the ten things about this show I think you NEED to know, in order of importance:

1) Rika is a bad-boy, dancing gigolo in a suit. And they cut out one of her numbers. With a FEDORA.
2) Eri-san had longish hair in '97, and has it pulled back in a little ponytail a la Maya Miki during the tango club numbers. I DIE of LOVE.
3) Ken-2 Sarara is the cutest thing ever. Especially in a frilly, pink dress.
4) Act two has been chopped to hell because of all the numbers they cut for copyright reasons, and yet we are forced to suffer through all 30 minutes of those TCA-Special-gone-bad, hellish island numbers in act one. Shou-sensei, I expected better of you.
5) There is ANJU choreography.
6) Rika and Mami have a choreographed sword fight. It is very DRAMATIC.
7) Did I mention Eri-san's ponytail?
8) Mami wears many outfits which can only be described as "Mami Revue Outfits" (I really think this should be made an official zuka fan phrase), and is very MAMI-LIKE.
9) Gaichi, Juri-pyon, Kiriyan, my little Valley Girl, and pink-frilly-dress!Sarara have a really, really, REALLY cute number together.
10) Ahi carries Mami on her back during the second curtain call. This is a girl who knows how to make herself useful.

Alas

Apr. 7th, 2007 10:10 pm
ekusudei: (Default)
Alas (Special Performance)
Moon Troupe Theater Drama City, 1997

Leads: Makoto Tsubasa & Kazahana Mai

[ Takawiki Page ]

I don't even think I can begin to summarize or review this show. Actually, I seem to remember someone already has, and I'm definitely going to go and see if I can remember who it was and read it now that I've seen the show. But I'll tell you the ten things about this show I think you NEED to know, in order of importance:

1) Rika is a bad-boy, dancing gigolo in a suit. And they cut out one of her numbers. With a FEDORA.
2) Eri-san had longish hair in '97, and has it pulled back in a little ponytail a la Maya Miki during the tango club numbers. I DIE of LOVE.
3) Ken-2 Sarara is the cutest thing ever. Especially in a frilly, pink dress.
4) Act two has been chopped to hell because of all the numbers they cut for copyright reasons, and yet we are forced to suffer through all 30 minutes of those TCA-Special-gone-bad, hellish island numbers in act one. Shou-sensei, I expected better of you.
5) There is ANJU choreography.
6) Rika and Mami have a choreographed sword fight. It is very DRAMATIC.
7) Did I mention Eri-san's ponytail?
8) Mami wears many outfits which can only be described as "Mami Revue Outfits" (I really think this should be made an official zuka fan phrase), and is very MAMI-LIKE.
9) Gaichi, Juri-pyon, Kiriyan, my little Valley Girl, and pink-frilly-dress!Sarara have a really, really, REALLY cute number together.
10) Ahi carries Mami on her back during the second curtain call. This is a girl who knows how to make herself useful.
ekusudei: (Tom and Gun-chan)
Wah! Juri-pyon is married! Congratulations, Juri-pyon!! :D

In other news, I got my March GRAPH a couple of days ago. I love it! Best issue so far this year. ;) Yuuhi's "Dear" article, Photos of "Fancy Dance" with, you know, actual members of Moon Troupe who aren't Asako and Kanamin (still bitter over that ENAK Stage Graph), PariSora Shinko pics(!), Tonami as the Princess, the most adorable comic with Kairi talking all about how Kanamin and Rui saved her when she kept forgetting to put her hair up in a bun for her entrance exams, aaaaand Mizu and Kanamin interview! It is the most adorable interview, too. A lot of it is about when they did R&J'99 together. There's also a lot of places where Kanamin calls Mizu a complete liar. *grins*
ekusudei: (Tom and Gun-chan)
Wah! Juri-pyon is married! Congratulations, Juri-pyon!! :D

In other news, I got my March GRAPH a couple of days ago. I love it! Best issue so far this year. ;) Yuuhi's "Dear" article, Photos of "Fancy Dance" with, you know, actual members of Moon Troupe who aren't Asako and Kanamin (still bitter over that ENAK Stage Graph), PariSora Shinko pics(!), Tonami as the Princess, the most adorable comic with Kairi talking all about how Kanamin and Rui saved her when she kept forgetting to put her hair up in a bun for her entrance exams, aaaaand Mizu and Kanamin interview! It is the most adorable interview, too. A lot of it is about when they did R&J'99 together. There's also a lot of places where Kanamin calls Mizu a complete liar. *grins*
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Another one I could swear I reviewed... I think I'm going senile in my old age.

Romance de Paris/Les Collages
Snow Troupe, 2003

Top Stars: Asami Hikaru & Maikaze Rira

[ TakaWiki Page ] [ ENAK Sumire Style Graph ]

[ TCA Pictures Shop ] [ Takarazuka Video Shop ]

Cast and Summary at the TakaWiki (I'm liking this not having to write summaries business...).

What I Thought: )

(Another half-off till the 28th video, as well as the shinko, which stars Otozuki Kei and Shirahane Yuri.)
ekusudei: (play without words)
Kya! Kya! Kya! Rika will be staring in Thoroughly Modern Millie this spring!

Someone who is going to be in Tokyo in mid to late April this year needs to go and make me thoroughly jealous. Juri-pyon is listed in the cast too. :D
ekusudei: (play without words)
Kya! Kya! Kya! Rika will be staring in Thoroughly Modern Millie this spring!

Someone who is going to be in Tokyo in mid to late April this year needs to go and make me thoroughly jealous. Juri-pyon is listed in the cast too. :D

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