Chanson d’Amour / Yodogimi
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English Title: Chanson d’Amour / Yodogimi
Japanese Title: シャンソン・ダムール / 淀君
Romanized Title: Shanson Damaaru / Yodogimi
Performances: Tokyo Theater, 7/2 – 7/30
Written and Directed by Takagi Shirou
Dances by Yasumoto Shinji, Watanabe Takeo, Sasaki Kazuo, Oka Masami, Terashima Tadashi
Music by Kawasaki Tsuneo, Nakai Mitsuharu, Irie Kaoru, et al
Directed by Shirai Tetsuzou
Dances by Zeniya Nobuaki
Music by Sakai Kyou, Irie Kaoru, Totoki Kazuo, Ono Tadaosa
Yodogimi = Minami Yuuko
Hideyori Toyotomi = Yodo Kaoru
Senhime = Mari Ruiko
Ieyasu Tokugawa = Narumi Ushio
Shurino-Suke (Hideyori’s Retainer) = Momoyama Chitose
Katsumoto Katagiri (Hideyori’s Retainer) = Kamishima Yachiyo
Mitsunori Ishida (Hideyori’s Retainer) = Wakamiya Tokiko
Shoeini (Old Nun) = Ooji Michio
Aiba (Court-Lady) = Nawate Katsumi
Okura-kyo (Court Lady) = Wakazakura Kaoru
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
(Original summary from show program)
Grand Revue in 18 Scenes
Scene 1. Ca c’est Paris.
A man, attired in swallow-tailed suit, appears on the stairs and sings the song of “Ca c’est Paris.” This is followed by a horde of men and girls.
Singer (Man) = Yodo Kaoru
Singer (Woman) = Maki Katsumi
Queen of Rose = Akashi Teruko
Scene 2. My Sweetheart.
A singer sings “My Sweetheart”, while a dozen of girls dance.
Singer = Hoshizora Hikaru
Scene 3. Chanson d’Amour.
A chansense sings before a big accordion, accompanied by an accordion player. Then, sixteen accordion rockets dance.
Singer = Maki Katsumi
Scene 4. Downtown in Paris.
The scene is set in a downtown in Paris, with stone stairs in the center. As a pistol shot comes from up the stairs, a woman is seen fleeing down them. A murder case – a group of tourists is caught in the ensuing turmoil.
Dancer (Man) = Amagi Tsukie
Dancer (Woman) = Honjou Tamaki
Scene 5. Beggar’s Piano.
A poor unpopular pianist appears on a silver bridge and sings.
Pianist = Akashi Teruko
Scene 6. Tricolor.
As the flowers on the stage change colors from pink to blue and white, dancers, in varying costumes, appear dancing in turn.
Girl (Long Skirt) = Mari Ruiko
Singer (Long Skirt) = Honami Shinobu
Singer = Nawate Katsumi
Scene 7. Flower That Blooms in Dream.
A female dancer, whose skirt flows over the stage, sings with a tiny mirror in hand. Soon, a group of men and women emerges through the skirt, ending up in a gala dancing by all on the stage.
Queen = Maki Katsumi
Dancer (Woman) = Shijou Hideko
Dancer (Man) = Nachi Wataru
Scene 8. C’est la Vie.
A Parisian appears on the stage, and relates his life story in song.
As he sings, the episodes of his life coming up and vanishing by turns are remembered.
Singer (Parisian) = Yodo Kaoru
Scene 9. Falling Leaves.
As the music of “Falling Leaves” is played, an alcohol-addicted woman appears and remembers memories of her past glory. Eventually she becomes insane and kills herself by plunging into the river from a bridge.
Alcohol-Addicted Woman = Ooji Michio
Scene 10. La Seine.
As gas lights twinkle in the distance, sixteen gentlemen dance to the accompaniment of a song sung by a swallow-tailed man.
Singer = Hoshizora Hikaru
Scene 11. Fantasies of Versailles.
In a garden with a fountain, a woman stands as if waiting for a person to come up. Music is heard far-off, and she is into fantasies.
Woman = Mari Ruiko
Dancer = Shijou Hideko
Scene 12. C’est si bon.
Eight dancers turn into the keys of piano.
Pianist = Nawate Katsumi
Scene 13. Ca c’est l’Amour.
A female singer sings before a piano while two gentlemen dance. Then, three dance together while singing.
Singer = Maki Katsumi
Trio = Amagi Tsukie, Akashi Teruko, Chinami Shizuka
Scene 14. Piano.
Three men dance a tap dance. The rockets of the keys of the piano dance a lined dance.
Tap Trio = Nachi Wataru, Wakayama Kazumi, Chinami Shizuka
Scene 15. Sight-Seeing in Paris.
A story of three rustics sight-seeing in Paris.
Rustic = Amagi Tsukie, Akashi Teruko, Yodo Kaoru
Scene 16. Finale A.
A flower, as big as the stage, collapses, its petals turned into so many dancer-girls who dance together.
Scene 17. Finale B.
A pretty flower vendor-girl sings, while other girls spread flowers.
Scene 18. Finale C.
All cast members stage a grand parade, while singing.
MUSICAL PLAY IN 18 SCENES
The Heroine of the Tragedy of the Osaka Castle
This is a dramatization of “Yodogimi,” a masterpiece by the late Shoyo Tsubouchi, the great playwright, critic and Shakespearean scholar of Japan, dealing with the strife between the Toyotimis and the Tokugawas, one of the most interesting historical episodes through Japan’s history.
Following the death of Hideyoshi Toyotimi, who unified war-torn Japan by civil wars, the fate of the Toyotimis steadily waved through their defeats in the Sekigahara Battle and the Battle of Osaka in the early summer of 1615, and their authority over the nations was rapidly being replaced by the Tokugawas.
“Yodogimi,” Hideyoshi’s widow, intrigues to let her son, Hideyori, succeed the hierarchy bequeathed by her late husband. However, she is forced to be reminded of her helplessness in the face of the tide of the times.
On May 7, 1615, Hideyori and “Yodogimi” wage the last showdown on the battlefields with Ieyasu Tokugawa. Yodogimi hinges her last hopes on the person of Sen-hime, Hideyori’s consort, who, being a granddaughter of Ieyasu, might be utilized as a hostage. In the confusion of the fighting, however, the young lady falls into the hands of the enemy.
The Osaka Castle is thickly besieged by the Tokugawa troops. “Yodogimi” seeks shelter in the ammunition depot. The last minutes of the once-powerful Toyotimis are being numbered.
Defeat and confusion – and “Yodogimi” finds herself in an uncontrollable mental confusion and frenzy. In utter despair and hysterical dejection, she grabs the robes left by Sen-hime, abuses the name of Ieyasu and consoles herself by taking pride of her status. She is so upset.
Hideyori tries to bring his mother back to senses. In the meantime, the ammunition depot, where they hide themselves in shelter, takes on fire, telling the last moment of their family and the Osaka Castle, their citadel, fast approaching.
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