Episode 16: Takarazuka OG Shows

In this episode, we talk about some of the differences between Takarazuka and OG shows, the challenges actresses face when moving on from Takarazuka in their careers, and some great shows that were never sold or broadcast!

CORRECTIONS:

1- Becca meant to say she saw Mizu’s first show as a top star, not her first show as an otokoyaku!

2- August: Osage County was originally a play. It was later adapted into a movie.

3- Names we promised to look up: Nakagawa Akinori was the actor Carly kept mentioning; Kusakari Tamiyo is the well-known ballet dancer from Shall We Dance / the Red Team version of Grand Hotel.

Select shows mentioned:

Man of La Mancha
1789 (buy the CD)
Romeo & Juliette (Umeda Arts version) – starts in January 2017!
Mozart (buy the DVD)
Flamenco Cafe del Gato (Dance Legend Series Vol. 3)
Argentango
August: Osage County
Grand Hotel

Select people mentioned:

Kiriya Hiromu
Otozuki Kei
Haruno Sumire (Osa)
Juri Sakiho
Sou Kazuho
Kozuki Wataru
Hanafusa Mari (Ohana)
Ranno Hana
Mizu Natsuki
Ozuki Tooma
Asami Rei
Anju Mira

JURI’S FISH!

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Glossary:

irimachi/demachi – waiting at the stage door for actresses
nihonmono – a traditional Japanese-style production
Takarazuka-An – A shop with locations in Takarazuka and Tokyo that sells mostly secondhand Takarazuka and general musical theater goods
Sky Stage – Takarazuka’s proprietary TV channel
WOWOW – a premium Japanese TV channel that frequently airs Takarazuka and other theater performances

If you want to know more about a show or a person we mentioned, leave a comment!

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #3: Cosmos 1998

Links:
Elisabeth 1998 @takawiki

Takarasiennes: (listed in the order of first mention)
Shizuki Asato ‘Zunko’ @takawiki
Hanafusa Mari @takawiki
Wao Youka @takawiki
Kozuki Wataru @takawiki
Ryou Akino ‘Akko’ @takawiki
Asami Hikaru ‘Komu’ @takawiki
Izumo Aya @takawiki

Siennes mentioned who are not in this play:
Ichiro Maki @takawiki
Shiraki Ayaka @takawiki
Kouju Tatsuki @takawiki

Glossary:
‘Koutei rashii’: Emperor-like (looks, behaviour)

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #2: Star 1996-97

Links:
Elisabeth 1996-97 @takawiki
Koike-sensei @takawiki
SNL cowbell skit @vimeo

Takarasiennes: (listed in order of first mention)
Asaji Saki ‘Mariko’ @takawiki
Shiraki Ayaka @takawiki
Tsukikage Hitomi ‘Gun-chan’ @takawiki
Minoru Kou ‘Noru’ @takawiki
Shibuki Jun ‘Rika’ @takawiki
Emao Yuu ‘Bun-chan’ @takawiki
Izumo Aya @takawiki
Ema Naoki ‘Junko’ @takawiki
Suzuna Saya @takawiki
Chiaki Shin @takawiki
Mayuzuki Kou @takawiki
Ryou Akino ‘Akko’ @takawiki
Kozuki Wataru @takawiki
Ayaki Nao @takawiki
Akisono Mio @takawiki
Manaka Hikaru @takawiki

Siennes mentioned who are not in this play:
Todoroki Yuu @takawiki
Hanafusa Mari @takawiki
Shizuki Asato ‘Zunko’ @takawiki
Sakura Ichika @takawiki
Suzuna Mio @takawiki

Glossary:
Onnayaku (女役): mature female roles
Komakai (細かい): fine detail

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #1: Snow 1996

Links:
Elisabeth 1996 @takawiki
Elisabeth the musical @wikipedia
Cinderella’s Stepmother (Lady Tremaine)
Poirot @wikipedia (David Suchet)
Embraced by the Seas of Calista @takawiki

Takarasiennes: (listed in order of first mention)
Ichiro Maki @takawiki
Hanafusa Mari @takawiki
Takane Fubuki @takawiki
Wao Youka @takawiki
Todoroki Yuu @takawiki
Kouju Tatsuki @takawiki
Aran Kei @takawiki
Shu Michiru @takawiki
Miho Keiko @takawiki

Siennes mentioned who are not in this play:
Asumi Rio ‘Mirio’ @takawiki
Shizuki Asato ‘Zunko’ @takawiki
Hokushou Kairi ‘Micchan’ @takawiki

Glossary:
Shan-shan: used at the end of the finale when they walk down the staircase – an adorned piece of prop with a ribbon attached at the bottom. They are normally held in both hands to stretch out the ribbon.
Hyaku-en Store ‘Hundred Yen Store’: Japanese Dollar Store

Episode 15: All About Ryuu Masaki!

In this episode, we celebrate Moon Troupe top star Ryuu Masaki as she prepares to graduate from Takarazuka! NOTES: this episode was recorded before the Chicago episode but saved for the Tokyo run of Nobunaga, so we apologize for the strange timeline of our commentary. Also the “treat,” once again, was our special Mitsuya Nao interview.

Links
Seal of Roses fanart
Jen’s blog of reviews

Shows mentioned
Don Juan
Roman Holiday
Flamenco Cafe del Gato
Chicago
Om Shanti Om
Scarlet Pimpernel – Star Troupe 2017 / Umeda Arts Theater 2016
Rome at Dawn
Hamlet!!
Elisabeth 2005, 2009
Puck 2014
1789
Arsene Lupin 2013
Takarazuka Dance/Guide to the Future/Takarazuka Flower Poems 100
Season of Angels
Nobunaga
Gypsy Baron
Man from Algiers
My Love Lies Over the Mountains
Edward VII
Young Bloods 2006
Manon
Gone with the Wind 2014, 2015
Me and My Girl (Hakataza)
Rose of Versailles: Oscar and Andre 2013
Magician’s Misfortunes
Higher than the Sky of Paris
Romeo & Juliette 2012
Seal of Roses

People mentioned
Takarasiennes
Ryuu Masaki!! (Masao)
Ayaki Nao
Sena Jun
Kiriya Hiromu (Kiriyan)
Shibuki Jun (Rika)
Ozuki Tooma
Oozora Yuuhi
Seijou Kaito (Magee)
Saou Kurama
Uzuki Hayate
Asumi Rio

Others
Ueda Shinji
Ueda Keiko
Koyanagi Naoko
Masatsuka Haruhiko
Frank Wildhorn
Sylvester Levay

Glossary
Buyoukai – The Takarazuka Buyoukai is an annual event where select members of the revue perform traditional Japanese dances and pieces of famous Noh works to the accompaniment of traditional Japanese music.

Nihonmono – Literally, “Japanese thing.” A play with a historical Japanese setting.

Nibante – Refers to the second-ranked otokoyaku star in a troupe. It is generally expected that a nibante will one day become a top star, although this is not guaranteed, and the star does not always stay in the same troupe.

Episode 14: OG Chicago in New York!

In this episode, we’re joined by new team member Becca to review our AMAZING experience watching the Takarazuka OG version of Chicago at the Lincoln Center Festival! We have a VERY IMPORTANT ADDENDUM: in our OG-related excitement we completely forgot to mention Okamoto Tomotaka, who gave us a TRULY OUTSTANDING Mary Sunshine! His charm and incredible singing voice made him a New York audience favorite, deservedly so. Thank you for lending us your talents!!

Additional talking points we need to clarify:

  • Carly mentions the 20th anniversary of Chicago, but it’s actually the 20th anniversary of the Broadway revival, AND it’s been in an ongoing run worldwide since then!
  • Ootori Ran played Roxie and Asami Rei played Velma in Chicago in 1985-86. It was the second Japanese performance of Chicago, and Asami Rei’s first show as an OG, according to Wikipedia.
  • Jen was thinking of Yuzuki Reon’s Prince of Broadway when we were talking about Damn Yankees
  • Yamato Yuuga has been playing Tuxedo Mask in every revival production of the Sailor Moon musicals since 2013
  • The Takarazuka cast of Chicago meets Chita Rivera: Playbill and Getty Images (the latter shows a lot of Mizu crying and Wataru with the best heart eyes)
  • If you’re interested in joining Aizuki Hikaru’s fanclub, contact Sakiko (mysinging) on the TakaWiki forum
  • Which OG would you add to the cast of Chicago if you could? Tell us in the comments!

People mentioned:
Check out the whole cast of Chicago here! Nicknames mentioned: Mariko = Asaji Saki, Zunko = Shizuki Asato, Tani = Yamato Yuuga, Komu = Asami Hikaru, Marimo = Aono Yuki

Hokushou Kairi (Micchan)
Ryuu Masaki
Shibuki Jun
Mitsuya Nao
Aizuki Hikaru

Jennifer Robertson

Select performances mentioned:
Koumori
Yukigumi Bow Singing Workshop
Soragumi Bow Singing Workshop
Encourage concerts
History of Takarazuka’s International tours

Glossary
taidan – an actresses retirement from the revue
Bow Hall – A small 500-seat theater adjacent to the Takarazuka Grand Theater. Built in 1978, the Bow Hall is used for more experimental plays, often featuring junior troupe stars. It’s named after the “bow” of a ship (pronounced “Bau Hall”) with the idea that this theater would define the leading edge of Takarazuka performances.
otokoyakuMale role performers in Takarazuka
musumeyaku Female role performers in Takarazuka
Grand Staircase the large staircase used as the backdrop for finale parades in the Grand Theater and Tokyo Takarazuka theater
kuroenbi a group dance of otokoyaku dressed in black tailcoats
Sumire no Hana Saku Koro – Takarazuka’s theme song (you can hear it at the beginning and end of the podcast!)
irimachi / demachi – the practice of waiting for actresses by the stage door (lit. waiting for entrance / waiting for exit)
shonichi – opening day
senshuuraku – closing day
gallery – the designated area in front of the Takarazuka theaters where fans wait to watch actresses come in and out of the stage door
senpai – someone with more seniority in age/grade/experience etc.
Ai to Shi no Rondo – A famous song from Elisabeth
Watashi Dake Ni – Another famous song from Elisabeth
sanbante – The third-ranked otokoyaku in a troupe

BONUS: Every Chicago cast member social media account we could find! Instagrams are all adorable, and for Japanese readers, Yuuzumi Shun, Suzu Haruki, Tsukio Kasuza, Makise Kai, and Manami Sora wrote particularly lovely NY reports. Mishou Kazuki gets the VOLUME BLOGGING award. Pictures for daaaays.

Wao Youka
Twitter: https://twitter.com/yokawao0215
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yokawao0215/

Mizu Natsuki
Staff twitter: https://twitter.com/aquastaff2013

Yamato Yuuga
Twitter: https://twitter.com/YugaYamato0804
Staff Twitter: https://twitter.com/YugaYamato
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yugayamato/
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/yugayamato0804/entry-12185255361.html

Mori Keaki
Staff twitter: https://twitter.com/morris_club

Hoshina Yuri
Blog: http://yaplog.jp/gariko76/

Aono Yuki
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Yuki_Aono_0912
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/YUKIAONO0912/
Public Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/%E8%92%BC%E4%B9%83%E5%A4%95%E5%A6%83-512742298837932/?fref=ts

Suzu Haruki
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/chanson-way/

Makise Kai
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/makisekai/

Manami Sora
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/manami-sora/

Yuuzumi Shun
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/flower88-s/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShunYSachiko
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/satchy725/

Tsukio Kazusa
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/kazusatsukio/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kazusa_tsukio/

Mishou Kazuki
Blog: http://passion.ciao.jp/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mission626

Kaon Yuuki
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/kaon-club/

Maki Izumi
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/makiizumi4094/

Hayami Sei
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/dsdyu/

Maishiro Nodoka
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/maishiro/

Otohana Yuri
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/otohana.yuri/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/yuriotohana

Kayou Kirari
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/83132291/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirari_kayo/

Hanazuki Yuma
Blog: http://ameblo.jp/yuma-hanazuki/

Kitori Mariya
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marietta811/

Okamoto Tomotaka (Mary Sunshine)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TomotakaOKAMOTO

Episode 13: How To Get Into Takarazuka

In this episode, we address two listeners’ questions about how we each got into Takarazuka, how we made friends in the Takarazuka fandom, and how we drag other people down with us. How did you get into Takarazuka? Leave your story in the comments!

NOTE: this was recorded before the Mitsuya Nao interview episode, which is the “special thing” we’re referring to when we say we’re not sure when this episode will surface. If you haven’t watched it please do!

Links to things mentioned
Cast list for Moon Troupe’s Legend of King Arthur
Chicago Postcards
Sena Jun seducing herself part 1 and part 2
The official Takarazuka English website
Kitty’s translations and subtitles
Podcast twitter (which had 30-something followers at the time of recording but is now at almost 150!)
Podcast Facebook page
NYC Takarazuka fans Facebook group
Carly’s follow list of of twitter accounts for Takarazuka OGs, news, fan artists, iride photographers, etc

Shows mentioned (in order of mention)
Toward a Day in the Sun
Elisabeth (2007)
Elisabeth (2014)
Napoleon
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Rome at Dawn
The Man in the Iron Mask
Romeo & Juliette (2010)
The Count of Monte Cristo/Amour de 99
Shangri-La
Elisabeth (2009)
MOON SAGA (Gackt’s show ft. Yuumi Hiro)
Rose of Versailles: Oscar & Andre (2001)
Elisabeth (1998)
The Silver Rose Chronicle
Hoshiai Hitoyo
El Halcon
A-REX

Takarasiennes mentioned (in order of mention)
Makaze Suzuho (Yurika)
Nozomi Fuuto (Daimon)
Sagiri Seina (Chigi)
Otozuki Kei
Yuzuki Reon (Chie)
Asumi Rio (Mirio)
Ouki Kaname
Yuumi Hiro (Tomochin)
Minoru Kou
Yamato Yuuga