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)

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

  1. I love the history episodes! Now I’m really curious about the producer thing, I wonder what the level of coordination is between troupe leadership when planning out seasons, that must be super complicated.

    I’m excited to learn more about the history of Berubara since that’s what really got me into Zuka! If anyone has any knowledge on the subject I’d love to know more about the parallels between music used for the finale duedan and part of the instrumentals from the musical Pippin. Since the original Berubara musical came out while Pippin was on Broadway I’m wondering if there’s a connection there? But I also don’t know how early that particular song was used for the finale… Here’s a video with both songs in case you want to hear the similarities: https://youtu.be/e1kqdoTudvk I just it’s too bizarre to be a coincidence so I’ve been wondering about it a lot…

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