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.

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #8: Flower 2014

Links:
Elisabeth 2014 @takawiki
e-meersie‘s Musical Analysis of Elisabeth (leitmotifs) (part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4) (part 5) (part 6) (part 7) (part 8)
H.P. Lovecraft @wikipedia

Takarasiennes: (listed in the order of first mention)
Asumi Rio ‘Mirio’ @takawiki
Ranno Hana @takawiki
Hokushou Kairi ‘Micchan’ @takawiki
Nana Kurara @takawiki
Nozomi Fuuto ‘Daimon’ @takawiki
Serika Toa ‘Kiki’ @takawiki
Yabuki Sena @takawiki
Haryuu Mitsuki @takawiki
Shihou Nanami @takawiki
Sakura Ichika @takawiki
Yuuma Rin @takawiki
Taiga Rin @takawiki
Minami Maito @takawiki
Yuzuka Rei @takawiki
Kano Maria ‘Kanochan’ @takawiki
Saezuki Runa @takawiki

Siennes mentioned who are not in this play:
Mizu Natsuki @takawiki
Sena Jun @takawiki
Ema Naoki ‘Junko’ @takawiki

Glossary:
Kyakka: reject/dismiss
Kyuu ni: suddenly/abruptly
Oogesa: grandiose/exaggerated
Medetashi medetashi: and so they lived happily ever after
Kappa: mythical Japanese water creature (wikipedia)
‘Ijou desu’: that is all/I’m done/it’s finished.
Hachimitsu pakku: honey facial pack
Kiguu desu: it’s a coincidence/unexpected meeting
Otsukaresama (deshita): thank you for your hard work
Kimazui: unpleasant/awkward

Correction: Schwarzenberg is played by Haryuu Mitsuki – Lella apologises for not remembering her name during the recording.

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #7: Moon 2009

Links:
Elisabeth 2009 @takawiki

Takarasiennes: (listed in the order of first mention)
Sena Jun ‘Asako’ @takawiki
Nagina Ruumi ‘Kacha’ @takawiki
Ryuu Masaki ‘Masao/Masaki’ @takawiki
Kiriya Hiromu ‘Kiriyan’ @takawiki
Ryouga Haruhi @takawiki
Aoki Izumi @takawiki
Asumi Rio ‘Mirio’ @takawiki
Hazakura Shizuku @takawiki
Shirosaki Ai @takawiki
Seijou Kaito ‘Magee’ @takawiki
Koshino Ryuu @takawiki
Ranno Hana @takawiki
Shimon Yuria @takawiki
Uzuki Hayate @takawiki

Siennes mentioned who are not in this play:
Mizu Natsuki @takawiki

Glossary:
Heika: (Your) Majesty
Omiai: Arranged marriage (often the meeting/date)
‘Koutei rashii’: Emperor-like (looks, behaviour)
Chicchai: Small
Tomodachi: Friend
Keigo: Polite language
Hane: feathers (in this particular conversation it is the feathers worn by the top star/top musume/nibante at the end of the parade)

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #6: Snow 2007

Links:

Elisabeth 2007 @ TakaWiki
The Brothers Karamazov @ TakaWiki

Takarasienne:

Mizu Natsuki @ TakaWiki
Shirahane Yuri ‘Tonami’ @ TakaWiki
Ayabuki Mao ‘Yumiko’ @ TakaWiki
Otozuki Kei ‘Kimu’ @ TakaWiki
Ouki Kaname @ TakaWiki
Mirai Yuuki ‘Hamako’ @ TakaWiki
Miho Keiko @ TakaWiki
Saou Kurama ‘Koma’ @ TakaWiki
Ootsuki Sayu ‘Nacchan’ @ TakaWiki
Aihara Mika ‘Minako’ @ TakaWiki
Oonagi Mao @ TakaWiki
Daigo Seshiru ‘Cecil’ @ TakaWiki
Renjou Makoto ‘Kingu’ @ TakaWiki
Haruka Midori @ TakaWiki
Junya Chitose @ TakaWiki

Glossary:

Senka @ TakaWiki
shinjin kouen @ TakaWiki

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #5: Moon 2005

Links:

Elisabeth (2005) @ TakaWiki
Elisabeth song titles in English and German @ Wikipedia

Takarasiennes:

Ayaki Nao ‘Saeko’ @ TakaWiki
Sena Jun ‘Asako’ @ TakaWiki
Hatsukaze Midori ‘Gaichi’ @ TakaWiki
Kiriya Hiromu ‘Kiriyan’ @ TakaWiki
Ozora Yuhi ‘Yuhi’ @ TakaWiki
Ayana Oto @ TakaWiki
Mimi Anri @ TakaWiki
Yumesaki Nene ‘Nene’ @ TakaWiki
Ryuu Masaki ‘Masaki/Masao’ @ TakaWiki
Shirosaki Ai ‘Ai-chan’ @ TakaWiki

Glossary:

etoile @ TakaWiki
parade @ TakaWiki
shinjin kouen (shinko) @ TakaWiki

 

Elisabeth Revue Corner Special #4: Flower 2002-03

Links:
Elisabeth 2002-03 @ takawiki

Takarasiennes:
Haruno Sumire ‘Osa’ @ takawiki
Otori Rei ‘Midori’ @ takawiki
Juri Sakiho ‘Juri’ @ takawiki
Sena Jun ‘Asako’ @ takawiki
Ayabuki Mao ‘Yumiko’ @ takawiki
Natsumi You ‘Hacchi’ @ takawiki
Ranju Tomu ‘Tomu’ @ takawiki
Tono Asuka ‘Asuka’ @ takawiki
Misuzu Aki ‘Mattsu’ @ takawiki
Kiryu Sonoka ‘Sonoka’ @ takawiki
Aine Harei ‘Miwacchi’ @ takawiki
Sakura Ichika ‘Ichika’ @ takawiki

Siennes mentioned who are not in this play:
Takumi Hibiki @takawiki
Akira Mire @takawiki
Mizu Natsuki @takawiki
Aran Kei ‘Touko’ @takawiki
Asaka Manato @takawiki
Ayaki Nao @takawiki

Glossary:
Etoile (エトワール)
Hanagumi: Flower Troupe

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