Special #18: Revue Theme Song Quiz Game!

Thanks to many requests here in the blog, on Tumblr, and on Twitter, we have some quiz games headed your way.

First up: Play along with Lella, Kitty, Jenn, and Julie and test your esoteric Takarazuka revue show theme song knowledge!

Don’t cheat, but if you want to double-check your answers after playing, here is the answer key.

Episode 47: Die Räuber

Join Heidi and Lella as they talk about a favorite small-theater show and give it some tough love. (Warning: Plot spoilers)

Have you seen The Robbers? What did you think of it?

Things Mentioned in This Show:

Episode 46: Golden Combinations

Join Kate and Jen as they talk about the many definitions of a “Golden Combi”, and some of their favorite otokoyaku and musumeyaku pairs.

We won’t give them away ahead of time. See if you can guess from the sound clips! 😉

Please drop us a note in the comments, because we would LOVE to hear your thoughts on our pairs or any of your own faves!

Talked about in this show:

Requests?

Hello fabulous listeners and fellow Takarazuka fans! We were wondering if you have any requests for our upcoming podcasts?

Any shows you’d like to hear us discuss, any topics you’d like us to cover, any questions you’d like us to tackle?

Go ahead and drop a note in the comments!

Episode 45: Looking Back at “Casablanca”

Join Becca, Julie, and Jen as we talk about the movie “Casablanca”, the Takarazuka musical “Casablanca”, the controversies, stories about the show, the shinko, H1N1, engagements, and lots of other things I’m no doubt forgetting. Then drop a line below to let us know your Casablanca stories or thoughts!

Things We Mention In the Podcast:

Episode 44: Spring 2020 News and Speculation

Julie and Jen chat about all the recent show and actress news, speculate, and ramble a bit. Join us for a lighthearted break in the World of Dreams!

Please join in in the comments below! We’d love to know what you are all thinking as well.

Links to things mentioned in this podcast:
Clip of Anastasia Japanese cast @Twitter (includes Asami Hikaru and Asami Rei!) Posted on March 20th to celebrate the show re-opening.

Special #17: Coronavirus and H1N1

Just a quick check-in on how the Coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting the Takarazuka Revue, officially and unofficially, and a quick comparison to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic in Japan.

If you have more news to share, please do in the comments below!

Episode 43: Farewell to Asumi Rio

Happy New Year! (The year of the Rat is almost here!)

In this episode, Heidi, Jen, and Lella talk about Mirio’s career in Takarazuka.

Please share your memories and thoughts in the comments!

Links:

KEN-ON ( 研音 ) talent agency website (Japanese only – She doesn’t have a profile page up yet)
Asumi Rio profile on TakaWiki (English) w/ links to all the shows discussed here.

Nicknames Used in This Ep:

Chinatsu (Houzuki An)
Daimon (Nozomi Fuuto)
Kiki (Serika Toa)
Mirio (Asumi Rio)
Rei (Yuzuka Rei)
Yuki (Senna Ayase)

Episode 40: Farewell Shibata Yukihiro

One of many nice collections of Shibata Yukihiro’s scripts.

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!

Links to things mentioned in this Podcast:

Links to shows mentioned in this podcast:

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)

Links

Glossary

Bambies

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