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 However, as a result, all of the ‘happy things’ and news are outdated.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.
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.)
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
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 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
“Today Is a Happy Sunday” (Swing High, Swing Low) 1951 – Koshiji Fubuki, Minami Yuuko, Utashima Utame, Akashi Teruko
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)
Here is a very tired but enthusiastic bunch of fans reporting on the latest “World of Dreams” North American tour.
It was so much fun! Thank you to Sakiko, Aube, J. College, and all of the people who made this show possible. Including, of course, the lovely ladies who came back to perform yet again in North America: Mariho Erina, Shihou Nanami, Ayaka Rei, and Tama Mayura. (Tama-san’s parents even came all the way from Japan to see her perform, which is so cool!)
If you went to Montreal or Vancouver for the show, please let us know about your experiences in the comments!
In August we had the amazing opportunity to interview former Flower Troupe musumeyaku Eri Chiaki at J.College in Takarazuka! She was delightful to talk to and she shared a lot of interesting stories about her time in Takarazuka. We hope you enjoy it! Special thanks to Sakiko for setting the interview up.