Brilliant Days / Climax
Picture Credit: shizuokan
English Title: Brilliant Days / Climax ~Cry-Max~
Japanese Title: 華やかなりし日々 / クライマックス
Romanized Title: Hanayakanarishi Hibi / Kuraimakkusu -Cry-Max-
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 04/13 - 05/14; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 06/01 - 07/01
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 05/01; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 06/14
Author / Director: Harada Ryou
Composer: Oota Takeshi
Choreographer:Hayama Kiyomi, Masaki Rino
Conductor (Takarazuka): Izawa Ichirou
Shinjin Kouen Director: Harada Ryou
Director: Miki Akio
Composer: Takahashi Kuni, Yoshida Yuuko, Oota Takeshi, Takahashi Megumi
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Miori Yumino, Wakao Risa, ANJU, KAZUMI-BOY
Conductor (Takarazuka): Sasada Aiichirou
Conductor (Tokyo): Kiyokawa Tomomi
Available on DVD: Yes (release date 06/26/12)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: Yes
Music was replaced or vocals were cut in parts of some scenes of “Brilliant Days”:
Scenes 2A, 2B, 15, 19, 20, 22
|Ronaldo Phillips (an unusual con man who claims to descend from Russian aristocracy)||Oozora Yuuhi||Aizuki Hikaru|
|Judy Lane (a dancer at Club Venus who dreams of becoming one of the Ziegfeld Follies)||Nono Sumika||Reimi Urara|
|Arthur Sheldon (an NYPD detective investigating a series of frauds)||Ouki Kaname||Rinjou Kira|
|Captain Cromwell (a captain at the New York City Police Department; Arthur’s superior.)||Kotobuki Tsukasa||Matsukaze Akira|
|Hedy Miller (the star of the stage show “Scandal”)||Suzuna Saya||Setohana Mari|
|Cecile Lee (one of the Ziegfeld Follies)||Mikaze Maira||Yumeri Miko|
|Florenz Ziegfeld (the producer and creator of the Ziegfeld Follies, sponsored by Ronaldo)||Yuumi Hiro||Tsukie Juma|
|Nick Wells (Ronaldo’s underling)||Hokushou Kairi||Hoshibuki Ayato|
|Jimmy Walker (the mayor of New York)||Kazari Jin||Hoshizuki Rio|
|Lana Taylor (a dancer at Club Venus)||Oomi Ako||Risaki Shigure|
|King Grant (a Mafia boss and “heavy” at Club Venus)||Houshou Dai||Sorahane Riku|
|Peter Haynes (the manager of the Ziegfeld Follies)||Hasumi Yuuya||Sakuragi Minato|
|Barry Webb (a detective for the NYPD)||Nagina Ruumi||Mirei Jun|
|Anna Held (the top star of the Ziegfeld Follies and Florenz’s wife)||Junya Chitose||Momochi Ito|
|Catherine Russell (Nick’s girlfriend)||Aihana Chisaki||Sumireno Rei|
|George White (the producer of the stage show “Scandal”; Ziegfeld’s rival)||Nanami Hiroki||Asao Ren|
|Harry Simons (one of King’s henchmen)||Houju Ichi||Haruse Ouki|
|Daniel Gaynor (Ronaldo’s butler)||Kazahane Reia||Rumi Jun|
|Josephine Cohen (Jimmy Walker’s lover)||Fujisaki Eri||Seoto Risa|
|James Elliot (a choreographer for the Ziegfeld Follies)||Sumiki Sayato||Mitsuki Haruka|
|Mary Rogers (one of the Ziegfeld Follies)||Ayase Akina||Aishiro Moa|
|Sally Young (one of the Ziegfeld Follies)||Momochi Ito||Sakurane Rei|
|Paula Austin (one of the Ziegfeld Follies)||Sumireno Rei||Kano Maria|
|Roy (as a boy)||Tsukie Juma||Rui Makise|
|Roy Stone (a thug) / Harrison Dane (the manager of Club Venus)||Rinjou Kira||Fuuma Kakeru|
|Jack Harvey (one of King’s henchmen)||Matsukaze Akira||Mutsuki Sera|
|Bob Hawkes (one of King’s henchmen)||Aizuki Hikaru||Nanao Maki|
|Ronaldo (as a boy)||Hoshibuki Ayato||Kazuki Sora|
|Lola Foster (one of the Ziegfeld Follies)||Seoto Risa||Yuino Kanari|
|Ross Erickson (a detective for the NYPD)||Sorahane Riku||Akine Hikaru|
|Glen Bennett (one of King’s henchmen)||Mitsuki Haruka||Takashina Ryou|
|Kane Murphy (one of King’s henchmen)||Fuuma Kakeru||Mizuka Ichi|
|Rosemary Brown (one of the Ziegfeld Follies)||Reimi Urara||Miou Erina|
Other Cast (Cosmos): Kanon Mai, Hanasato Mana, Tenrei Mion, Maika Kurumi, Yukino Kokomi, Yumesuzu Rian, Hanasaki Airi, Aisaki Maria, Sakihana Riho, Ayaka Mari, Suzuka Maya, Mamiya Ryouko, Yume Natsuki, Hanabishi Rizu, Akina Rui, Asahina Aoi
Other Cast (Tokyo Only - 98th Class Group A): Akatsuki Chisei, Haruha Rara, Junna Subaru, Homare Seri, Urara Senri, Souma Seren, Hanayuki Rira, Kanami Sena, Senami Haya, Ouka Rina
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
It’s New York in 1926.
Symbolic of the era, termed the “Roaring Twenties,” a party is being held one evening at an elegant home in the well-heeled Upper East Side of Manhattan, attended by socialites. The man who lives here is named Alexandre Volskii. Purporting to be a scion of Russian nobility, this young businessman has amassed a huge fortune.
Just as the party hits its peak, a gunshot rings out. The pistol is in the hand of an intruder. Everyone is in a commotion. However, the man is subdued by Arthur Sheldon, a detective of the New York City Police Department, who has rushed to the scene.
Around the same time, a revue, the “Ziegfeld Follies,” led by the impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, is a sensation on Broadway. The productions, which attract beautiful women from around the country and enchant audiences with their spectacle, are staged every year at the New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd Street, and leave the crowds wildly enthusiastic. Florenz holds auditions in a bid to discover new talent. Judy Lane comes to the venue, with dreams of becoming a Follies star. However, she is annoyed by the high-handed behavior of the leading star, Anna Held, and she storms out of the venue.
Florenz and his manager Peter have been struggling to keep the theater running. As a result of their attempts to create the kind of flamboyant scenery audiences crave, their finances are totally out of line. But then Alexandre proposes to Florenz that he provide a large amount of financing for a new show. Florenz, who has long been in a quandary, jumps at the idea.
The credentials stating “scion of Russian nobility” - in which an impresario of uncommon ability has staked a great deal of faith - are really a fabricated history concocted by Alexandre. Alexandre Volskii - or Ronaldo Phillips - came to America with his parents when he was 5. Yet he found himself mourning their deaths not long afterward. With no family members left, he took on various jobs just to survive, becoming an ingenious con man in the process.
His contract with Florenz carries a condition that holds the New Amsterdam Theater as collateral. Should the show fail, the collateral - namely, the theater - will become the possession of Ronaldo. It has been Ronaldo’s dream to make this theater his own, because as an impoverished youth, he sold newspapers at a spot beside the building.
Together with his confidant and subordinate Nick, Ronaldo conspires to make Florenz’s show fail. To begin with, he plots to entice Anna to go the Winter Garden Theater, a rival venue of Florenz’s. The plan is a stunning success. Ronaldo and Nick head to their favorite drinking hole to raise a glass or two in celebration. Just then, a new and unknown singer becomes embroiled with Grant, the club heavy, and his entourage. Ronaldo lashes out and punches the men, and then ushers the woman outside. She happens to be Judy, who reveals the circumstances by which she had come to work at the club. In her eyes, he detects the same kind of hidden fighting spirit that he once had. Ronaldo starts to develop an interest in the girl.
“A series of climaxes is perfect for a show.” Imbued with such thinking, this performance unfolds with rich variety, elevating the varied charm of Oozora Yuuhi to the max. The glittery show suitably embellishes Oozora’s last performance, a sweeping montage of her male roles.
- Final performance for top combi Oozora Yuuhi and Nono Sumika, as well as Kazari Jin, Hanatsuyu Sumika, Fujisaki Eri and Momochi Ito.
- Hatsubutai for the 98th class.
- Harada Ryou’s directorial debut at the Grand Theater.
- Oozora Yuuhi “The Last Day” DVD (release date 08/31/2012) - includes a digest of the final Tokyo performance, Oozora’s sayonara show, speech, press conference, and entering and exiting the theater.
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