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If There's Love, I'll Live Forever -Napoleon and Josephine-




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English Title: If There's Love, I'll Live Forever -Napoleon and Josephine-
Japanese Title: 愛あれば命は永遠に -ナポレオンとジョセフィーヌ-
Romanized Title: Ai Areba Inochi wa Towa ni -Naporeon to Josefiinuu-

Troupe: Flower
Year: 1985
Performances: Grand Theater, 3/28 - 5/7; Tokyo Theater, 7/4 - 7/30
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Grand Theater, 4/16; Tokyo Theater, 7/16

Based On: The relationship between Naploeon Bonaparte and Josephine
Author/Director: Ueda Shinji
Music: Terada Takio, Irie Kaoru, Kawasaki Tsuneo, Takahashi Kuni
Choreography: Kita Hiroshi, Oka Masami, Hayama Kiyomi, Kurotaki Tsukio
Conductor: Nomura Youji (Act I), Okada Yoshiki (Act II)

Available on DVD: No

Cast

RoleCastShinjin Kouen Cast
Napoleon BonaparteTakashio Tomoe Maya Miki
Josephine (Napoleon's wife)Wakaba Hiromi Kozue Manami
Hippolyte Charles (cavalry captain)Ooura Mizuki Anju Mira
Letitia (Napoleon's mother)Megumi Sakae Yuri Kaoru
Lady Ponpian (Josephine's hanger-on)Koyanagi Hizuru Oozora Nozomi
General Burrhus (Josephine's sponsor)Haruna Yuri Tsubasa Yuuki
Lady BouniereTajima Kumi Mitsuya Nao
Lady Tallien (Josephine's hanger-on)Takara Junko Ayakage Jun
Renaudin (Josephine's hanger-on)Kijou Tomoka Iori Natsuya
Mlle. Georges (Josephine's hanger-on)Yoshino Mana Mineoka Nachi
Mlle. Lacoste (Josephine's hanger-on)Kitakouji Miho Kanna Miho (Grand Theater)
Joseph (Napoleon's older brother)Naka Iori Kaji Issei
Lucian (Napoleon's younger brother)Mashio Chinami Minami Kairi
Desmas (Napoleon's friend)Asaka Jun Yuuma Natsuki
Beethoven (famous composer)Segawa Kae Yuuki Kokoro
Eugene (Josephine's son) Kou Kazuki Kusanome Moyu
Pauline (Napoleon's sister)Akishino Miho Mizuhara Tamaki
Hortense (Josephine's daughter) Kozue Manami Hijiri Masumi
Small noble girl AMizuhara Tamaki Hyou Yuuka
Small noble boyMaya Miki Ooshio Masumi
Small noble girl BKanna Miho Ayu Yuuki (Grand Theater)


Other Cast: Magiri Aya, Tsukioka Chikage, Isono Chihiro, Agou Sachi, Suzu Mine, Ryou Mio, Azusa Noboru, Aoyagi Yuki, Hibiki Mito, Gen Sayaka, Miori Yumino, Hoshimura Reo, Haruno Arisa, Haruno Airi, Sayo Akari, Mikage Shiori, Nashiro Erika, Sakuragi Seiko, Kagami Chitose, Ooki Hiroto, Yukikaze Rei, Kana Chikoto, Hoshino Mutsumi, Kitami Mari, Mashiba Shun, Yuuma Natsuki, Mayumi Shizuka, Aikaze Hikaru, Midori Akie, Shihou Sagiri, Takatsuki Shou, Akebono Maya, Kurokawa Miyuki, Asou Yumi, Shino Yuka, Natsume Kana, Aomi Ren, Wakakusa Youko, Takaragi Meri, Kyou Maiko, Akizuki Shiho, Shione Makoto, Yuu Misao, Sawa Hitomi, Hana Youko, Sumireno Aika, Aika Mire, Makoto Tsubasa, Mika Sanami, Tachibana Sae, Yumeno Chikoto, Kousaka Chiaki

Grand Theater only: Mari Hikaru, Shiki Nanaho, Sei Noboru, Kanna Miho

Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


Napoleon meets Josephine at the Paris Opera. She is older and has two children, and is also a terrible flirt. She calls him her pretty butterfly, and he falls for her. They get married soon after, but his traditional Sicilian family strongly disapproves. He goes off campaigning, but writes his wife letters every day. Letters she never reads or returns, until her son begs her to, because he admires his new father a lot.

They go to Egypt, where Napoleon finally has to admit that his wife is The World's Worst Flirt Ever when he catches her dancing a sexy dance with her old flame, Hippolyte. They argue.

Later, back in Paris, things aren't looking good for Napoleon as he gains more and more power, but his wife stands by him. His family arrives, and his mother refuses to acknowledge Josephine as Napoleon's wife. Josephine decides he'd be better without her, and declares they will be estranged. So after the crowning ceremony, they part.

The Russian campaign is a disaster. But Napoleon gets some quality time with his step-son and his old mentor, who tells him he wasn't wrong and he'll be forever remembered in history.

Josephine's old flame comes to visit her. She is in failing health. He begs her to make up with her husband, because he's always been in love with her, and wants her to be happy. He hadn't meant to admit that he had been in love with her, but once he says it he stands by his words. Still, Josephine says no.

Later, the verdict comes and Napoleon learns he's to be exiled to Elba. He returns to Paris to collect his wife, only to learn that she has died of an illness he heard nothing about. He is devastated, for his mother had finally given her forgiveness for their marriage, and nothing was going to come between them again. Cue her spirit and a wandering butterfly.

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