Episode 42: Farewell Kurenai Yuzuru & Kisaki Airi

Carly, Jenn & Julie talk about Kurenai Yuzuru and Kisaki Airi’s Takarazuka careers, leading up to their retirement on 10/13/19.

LINKS:

Ranno Hana’s Twitter & Instagram
GOD OF STARS Script (Translation by hoshigomi)
Kurenai Yuzuru
Kisaki Airi

Episode 41: Casanova and Goodbye to Senna Ayase

Although it was recorded in May, due to bad audio the posting of this episode was postponed until now. We were unable to correct the bad audio, but have now decided to post the episode in spite of this. However, as a result, all of the ‘happy things’ and news are outdated. Yuzuka Rei has been announced as the next Hanagumi top star, and many more hanagumi musumeyaku have been announced as leaving with Asumi Rio in November.

LINKS:
Tweet with Rei Makoto and the eiga dorobo man
Casanova Takawiki page

Actresses:
Asumi Rio (Mirio)
Senna Ayase (Yuki/Yukihime)
Miriyuki = Asumi Rio/Senna Ayase combi
Ousaki Ayaka (Beichan)
Hanano Juria
Yuzuka Rei (Karei)
Hozuki An (Chinatsu)
Seto Kazuya (Akira)
Minami Maito (Maitii)
Kazumi Shou
Yuunami Kei
Haryuu Mitsuki
Shiroki Miei (Shirokimi)
Hiryuu Tsukasa
Seino Asuka
Oto Kurisu
Tatsuki Mio
Hana Yuuki
Maisora Hitomi

Episode 40: Farewell Shibata Yukihiro

One of many nice collections of Shibata Yukihiro’s scripts.

Sadly, award-winning playwright and director Shibata Yukihiro passed away on July 19th. We recorded a short episode to honor him.

Do you have any Shibata-sensei shows you particularly enjoy? Or memories of the man? Please share them in the comments!

Links to things mentioned in this Podcast:

Links to shows mentioned in this podcast:

Episode 39: Recent Hoshigumi Shows (first half of 2019)

Join Carly and special guest/Hoshigumi fan Maizy for a discussion of Hoshigumi’s 3 most recent productions!

LINKS:

Nanami Hiroki’s Instagram
Yuzuki Reon’s upcoming show on ice “Hyoen”

SHOWS DISCUSSED:

Beside the Foggy Elbe/Estrellas
Beside the Foggy Elbe (1983)
Man from Algiers/Estrellas
Kamatari



Special #16: “The Flowering of the Musical” (1960s)

The 1960s saw the Takarazuka Revue reach its 50th anniversary. It also saw the first Broadway musicals performed by the Revue, and an influx of all things 60s!

Photos from “70 Years of the Takarazuka Revue” publication (1984)

Sumi Hanayo as the Pineapple Queen in “Splendor of a Thousand Beats” (1961). She is flanked by Nachi Wataru and Uchinoe Noboru.
A photo taken in Takarazuka Familyland to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Takarazuka Revue (1964).
2nd European Tour: Paris, France (1965).
Maho Shibuki and Ohara Masumi in the 3rd Broadway musical of the 1960s: “Carousel” (1969).

Songs Used in This Podcast

All songs from the “Takarazuka Revue – After the War” CD Collection

“Save the Last Dance For Me” (Going Forte) Sumi Hanayo (1961)

“The Takarasienne are Coming” (Cheers to Takarasienne!) Maho Shibuki (1967)

“My Idol” (My Idol) Nachi Wataru (1968)

Links

Glossary

Bambies

shinjin kouen

Help us with our Japanese Phrase special!

We’d love YOUR help!

We’re looking to have a short special about Japanese words and phrases related to the Takarazuka Revue. These can be technical words that are unique to the Revue or its fandom (like “otokoyaku”), or phrases you hear a lot in Takarazuka plays or shows, or something super cute or thoughtful that your favorite has said!

Please share with us a word or phrase that you like or find interesting and tell us a little bit why. You can either drop a note in the comments below, or email us at takarazukapodcast@gmail.com.

We’d especially love it if you sent us a recording that we can incorporate into the show! We’re looking to make this a real fandom effort. If you’d like to send us a short, minute or so clip, please record as a .wav or .mp3 and send it to us at takarazukapodcast@gmail.com.

Confused? Not sure? Drop us a note below!

Episode 38: Farewell Manaki Reika (and Touka Yurino)

Sorry this one is so late coming out! We originally recorded it back at the end of November, which is why some time references may seem a little off. But even late, we wanted to share our love! Join Kitty, Lella, and Jen as they discuss Star Troupe news and then share their love of recently retired Moon Troupe top musumeyaku Manaki Reika (and kumichou Touka Yurino).

(Apologies for the rough sound. One of our tracks wasn’t editable so we had to use our combined track in places which means we couldn’t isolate and remove some of the rougher bits and coughs.)

Actresses/Directors Mentioned in this Episode:

Aizuki Hikaru
Amatsu Otome
Ayahoshi Rion
Chapi (Manaki Reika)
Chinatsu (Houzuki An)
Hanafusa Mari
Jou (Kijou Mitsuru)
Kai-chan (Nanami Hiroki)
Kasugano Yachiyo
Katori Reira
Kouzuki Ruu
Makoto Tsubasa
Masao (Masaki Ryuu)
Mayupon (Kizuki Yuuma)
Mirion (Misaki Rion)
MiyaRuri (Miya Rurika)
Rei (Yuzuka Rei)
Reiko (Tsukishiro Kanato)
Saou Kurama
Seocchi (Seo Yuria)
Shiiran (Ichijou Azusa)
Tamakichi (Tamaki Ryou)
Touka Yurino
Toyoko (Suzumi Shio)
Umi-chan (Umino Mitsuki)

Ikuta Hirokazu
Koike Shuuichirou
Masatsuka Haruhiko
Saitou Yoshimasa
Ueda Keiko
Ueda Kumiko

Shows Mentioned in This Episode:

Click on the “Chapi” link above for all of the shows mentioned from her career linked from her TakaWiki profile!
Also…
Beside the Foggy Elbe / Estrellas
Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino
Man From Algiers

Additional Links:

“Tommy Tune in Japan” article on Sunday Morning show
“Tommy Tune in Japan” video clip from Sunday Morning show
Kitty’s translations about Manaki Reika
Salon de Takarazuka – Place to dress up and get your photo taken for a (steepish) fee (Japanese only)

Glossary:

  • Cafe Break – Takarazuka TV interview show that airs on a Tokyo station
  • Kageki (歌劇) – Lit. “opera”; name of one of the Takarazuka Revue magazines
  • kumichou (組長) – Lit. “group leader”; senior-most member of the troupe with special responsibilities over the troupe
  • mesen (目線) – Lit. “eye line”; making and holding eye contact
  • NHK – Japanese public TV station
  • otsukaresama (お疲れ様) – Lit. “you are tired”; a way of thanking/acknowledging someone’s hard work
  • Ouran Host Club – manga/anime that often references Takarazuka
  • sotsugyou (卒業) – Lit. “graduation”; because Takarazuka actresses are referred to as “students” during their career in the Takarazuka Revue, a way of referring to their retirement from the Revue is to say that they are graduating
  • taidan (退団) – Lit. “leaving the troupe”; retiring from the Takarazuka Revue

Episode 37: Red River / Citrus Breeze -Sunrise-

We bring you this episode at long last after many rounds of re-dos and technical difficulties!

Join Lella, Julie, Heidi, and Jenn for an extensive chat about Cosmos Troupe’s Spring Grand Theater show ‘The Sky Is On The Banks Of The Red River’ and ‘Citrus Breeze: Sunrise’. It’s kind of a long one, but it’s because we loved it so much and had so many feelings! We apologize for the delay, due to the technical issues it was recorded several months after the show ended, but all aspects of the show and cast are discussed, and hopefully you’ll enjoy flailing about this awesome show with us!

There were MANY people discussed in this episode as it’s a huge cast, probably too many to list them all, but here are some links to the main cast and show, plus/including our individual favorites that were mentioned:

Red River/Citrus Breeze Sunrise

Makaze Suzuho
Hoshikaze Madoka
Serika Toa
Aizuki Hikaru
Sakuragi Minato
Junya Chitose
Sumiki Sayato
Hoshibuki Ayato
Kihou Kanata

Episode 36: Understudies

Hi everyone! On this episode, Carly and guest violetposies talk about understudies in Takarazuka, and the understudy performances that took place during this year’s Elisabeth.

CLARIFICATION: we mention that Grand Hotel was at the same time as Rurouni Kenshin, but they weren’t running simultaneously; they took place at roughly the same time of year but one year apart.

SHOWS MENTIONED
Elisabeth (Moon 2018)
Debutante
Partial Time Travel
Rurouni Kenshin
Cocktail

ACTRESSES MENTIONED
Seira Hitomi
Ayanagi Shou
Mana Haruto
Takumi Hibiki
Haruno Sumire
Miya Rurika
Tsukishiro Kanato (Reiko)
Kazama Yuno
Akatsuki Chisei (Ari)
Sou Kazuho
Ayaoto Sena
Souma Seren
Ayaji Yurika
Ran Naoki
Sakihi Miyu
Hoshikaze Madoka
Yumeshiro Aya

GLOSSARY
Shinjin Kouen: a special “rising stars” performance each Grand Theater run in which all the roles are played by actresses with 7 years experience or less.

Special #15: The Golden Age of Takarazuka (1950s)

Hi all! A short episode continuing the history of the Takarazuka Revue, this time focusing on the 1950s. Please enjoy, and don’t forget to join the conversation on the blog, Facebook, or Twitter! Thanks!

Sources for this podcast episode:

  • 「夢を描いて 華やかに」(Painting Dreams Gloriously: Takarazuka Revue’s 80th Anniversary)  ISBN 4-924333-11-5
  • 「すみれ花歳月を重ねて」(Gathering Up the Years of the Violets: Takarazuka Revue’s 90th Anniversary) ISBN 4-484-04601-6
  • 「虹の橋 渡りつづけて 舞台編」(Continuing Over the Rainbow Bridge  Stage Volume: Takarazuka Revue’s 100th Anniversary) ISBN 978-4484146003
  • 「虹の橋 渡りつづけて 人物編」(Continuing Over the Rainbow Bridge People Volume: Takarazuka Revue’s 100th Anniversary) ISBN 978-4484146010

Songs used in this episode (from 「宝塚歌劇~戦後編~」Takarazuka Revue ~After the War~ album):

  • “What Is Your Name?” (What Is Your Name?) 1954 – Kasugano Yachiyo, Aratama Michiyo
  • “Farewell Song” (The Himeyuri Monument) 1953 – Akashi Teruko, Aratama Michiyo
  • “Today Is a Happy Sunday” (Swing High, Swing Low) 1951 – Koshiji Fubuki, Minami Yuuko, Utashima Utame, Akashi Teruko

Video link:

This is from an 80th anniversary video released by Takarazuka in 1994. The short 3 minute clip features Kasugano Yachiyo appearances from 1950s shows, including “Yu the Beautiful” (1951) and an ad for “A Vast Land of Roses” (1953) The link is on a Chinese vid site.

Images of the 1950s

The Grand Theater in the 1950s had two balconies! (From The Story of Takarazuka, published mid-1950s, personal collection.)

They had a really insane schedule of performances and appearances for the 1956 second Hawaiian tour  (From the Hawaiian Tour Album, personal collection).

The early 1950s marked the beginning of color GRAPH covers. Takarazuka Graph covers of the 1950s regularly featured musumeyaku stars (personal collection).

Urashima Utame (Jan. 1952)

Yachigusa Kaoru (Aug. 1952)

Tsukushi Mari (Nov. 1953)

 

They published small pamphlet programs in English for the 1950s Grand Theater  performances. Here are the covers of several, as well as some bio blurbs of the stars that were inside them. Funny reading. (personal collection)