Carly, Jenn & Julie talk about Kurenai Yuzuru and Kisaki Airi’s Takarazuka careers, leading up to their retirement on 10/13/19.
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 However, as a result, all of the ‘happy things’ and news are outdated.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.
Tweet with Rei Makoto and the eiga dorobo man
Casanova Takawiki page
Asumi Rio (Mirio)
Senna Ayase (Yuki/Yukihime)
Miriyuki = Asumi Rio/Senna Ayase combi
Ousaki Ayaka (Beichan)
Yuzuka Rei (Karei)
Hozuki An (Chinatsu)
Seto Kazuya (Akira)
Minami Maito (Maitii)
Shiroki Miei (Shirokimi)
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!
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!
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Confused? Not sure? Drop us a note below!
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.)
Chapi (Manaki Reika)
Chinatsu (Houzuki An)
Jou (Kijou Mitsuru)
Kai-chan (Nanami Hiroki)
Masao (Masaki Ryuu)
Mayupon (Kizuki Yuuma)
Mirion (Misaki Rion)
MiyaRuri (Miya Rurika)
Rei (Yuzuka Rei)
Reiko (Tsukishiro Kanato)
Seocchi (Seo Yuria)
Shiiran (Ichijou Azusa)
Tamakichi (Tamaki Ryou)
Toyoko (Suzumi Shio)
Umi-chan (Umino Mitsuki)
Click on the “Chapi” link above for all of the shows mentioned from her career linked from her TakaWiki profile!
Beside the Foggy Elbe / Estrellas
Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino
Man From Algiers
“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)
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:
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.
Tsukishiro Kanato (Reiko)
Akatsuki Chisei (Ari)
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.
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:
Songs used in this episode (from 「宝塚歌劇～戦後編～」Takarazuka Revue ~After the War~ album):
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)