Ephemeral Love / Bravo! Takarazuka
Picture Credit: Jerome
English Title: Ephemeral Love / Bravo! Takarazuka
Japanese Title: うたかたの恋 / ブラボー！タカラヅカ
Romanized Title: Utakata no Koi / Buraboo! Takarazuka
Performances: National Tour, 11/27 - 12/19
Based On: The tragic real-life love story of the Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary and Marie Vetsera.
Author / Director: Shibata Yukihiro
Author / Director: Miki Akio
Available on DVD: VHS (Ephemeral Love only)
|Rudolf (Crown Prince of Austria)||Makoto Tsubasa|
|Marie Vetsera (A baron's daughter)||Dan Rei|
|Archduke Jan Salvador (Rudolf's cousin)||Shiomi Maho|
|Millie Stübel (Jan's lover)||Hanase Mizuka|
|Emperor Franz-Joseph (Rudolf's father)||Ritsu Tomomi|
|Empress Elisabeth (Rudolf's mother)||Natsukawa Yura|
|Stephanie (Crown Princess)||Saijou Mie|
|Duke Friedrich (Chief Cabinet Secretary)||Ujou Kaoru|
|Archduke Ferdinand (Rudolf's cousin)||Kaji Yuuki|
|Baroness Vetsera (Marie's mother) / Shadow Duet||Natsuno Saki|
|Hannah (Marie's younger sister)||Koizumi Kirara|
|Jessica (Marie's wet nurse)||Suzuka Teru|
|Zeps (Editorial writer for a Vienna newspaper) / Shadow Duet||Yoshizuki Eri|
|Roshek (Rudolf's servant)||Kouki Subaru|
|Bratfisch (Rudolf's coachman)||Yamato Yuuga|
|Count Hoyos (A close associate of Rudolf's)||Nashiro Aoi|
|Prince Philippe||Asama Moyu|
|Countess Larisch (Rudolf's cousin)||Honami Aria|
|Countess Zeveka (of Poland)||Kitahara Rima|
|Greta (Countess Zeveka's maid)||Kazaho Yuuri|
|Eva (Stephanie's maid)||Suzuna Mio|
|Morris (Rudolf's adjutant)||Kiriya Hiromu|
|Czernin / Criess (an officer)||Arika Jun|
|Crüger / Hermann (an officer)||Takaki Amane|
|Gustav / Bessel (an officer)||Hokushou Kairi|
|Emile (Freidrich's subordinate)||Kusunoki Keika|
|Marinka (Bohemian songstress)||Chihiro Reika|
|Ophelia (Character in the play-within-a-play)||Shiina Aoi|
|Mrs. Shlatt (an actress)||Mizushima Aoi|
|Roiss (German ambassador)||Koshino Ryuu|
|Mrs. Belgart||Madoka Sakura|
|Johanna (young woman)||Kou Suzuka|
|Lady Harrach / Charlotte||Akane Mitsuki|
|Adele / Janette||Memu Chisato|
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Austria, 1888. Crown Prince Rudolph is bored with the ostentatious royal life in the Austrian court. He is forced into a marriage contract with Stephanie, Princess of Belgium. The couple is incompatible and they live in unhappy discord. Grand Duke Jean Salvadore, Rudolph`s cousin, is in touch with the liberals of the realm and his lover, Milly, is a commoner. The Grand Dude has broken the shackles of convention and he enjoys a life of freedom much to his cousin`s envy.
During a performance of "Hamlet", Rudolph meets Maria Vetsera, the daughter of Baron Vetsera, the wealthiest man in Vienna. The Prince and Maria fall in love at first sight and continue meeting secret.
Duke Friedrich, the Minister of War, learns of the love affair. He plots to use the affair to his advantage and put his own nephew Ferdinand in Rudolph`s place as Crown Prince. The Duke reports to the Emperor that Rudolph is meeting liberals and that he is also having secret rendezvous with Maria.
When the Emperor learns that Rudolph has petitioned the Pope for a divorce from Princess Stephanie he flies into a rage and orders Rudolph and Maria to part.
Rudolph feels he must make a choice, the throne or Maria.
In January of 1889, Rudolph announces that he is going on a hunting trip. He departs for Mayerling with his beloved Maria.
Duke Friedrich discovers Rudolph`s plans. The Duke sends out a party who masquerade as revolutionaries so that Rudolph can be arrested as their leader.
Blissfully unaware of the tragedy about to unfold, Rudolph and Maria alone in the surroundings of peace ans beauty spend their last night together.
Scene 1 - Bravo Takarazuka
Singing Gentleman S: Makoto Tsubasa
Lady S: Dan Rei
Gentleman A: Yamato Yuuga
Gentleman B: Shiomi Maho, Kiriya Hiromu
Deluxe Trio: Natsukawa Yura, Hanase Mizuka, Saijou Mie
Scene 2 - Can-Can in Paris
Can-Can girls dance on the staircase.
Can-Can Man S: Yamato Yuuga
Can-Can Woman S: Kiriya Hiromu
Can-Can Men: Ritsu Tomomi, Kouki Subaru, Shiomi Maho, Nashiro Aoi, Hokushou Kairi
Can-Can Women: Natsukawa Yura, Suzuna Mio, Honami Aria, Mizushima Aoi, Kitahara Rima, Akane Mitsuki, Kazaho Yuuri, Kanon Shiori, Hanase Mizuka, Madoka Sakura, Saijou Mie, Memu Chisato, Shiina Aoi, Yukina Tsugumi
Scene 3 - Underground in London
A subway station. On a mazelike collection of stairs, a girl reminisces about a boy she met the summer before. A mysterious man appears among the young men and women, and they are pulled into a strange dream world...
Red Beret S: Makoto Tsubasa
Kid Girl S: Chihiro Reika
Kid Boy A: Ujou Kaoru
Kid Boys: Kaji Yuuki, Koshino Ryuu, Arika Jun, Asama Moyu, Kusunoki Keika, Takaki Amane
Kid Girls: Natsuno Saki, Koizumi Kirara
Red Berets: Kouki Subaru, Yoshizuki Eri, Nashiro Aoi, Shiomi Maho
Scenes 4 - Jazz Time in N.Y.
A romantic scene of singing and dancing set to a jazz song.
Jazz Singer S Yamato Yuuga
Jazz Dancer S: Natsukawa Yura
Jazz Singer Men: Kiriya Hiromu, Hokushou Kairi
Jazz Singer Women: Hanase Mizuka, Saijou Mie
Scene 5 - Romanesque in Bach
A young noble gazes at a painting of a departed lover and sings of his memories of their love. She emerges from the painting and for a brief moment he is drunk with happiness.
Romanesque Star: Makoto Tsubasa
The Woman in the Painting S: Dan Rei
The Women in the Paintings: Hanase Mizuka, Saijou Mie
Romanesque Dancers A: Nashiro Aoi, Shiomi Maho, Kaji Yuuki, Kiriya Hiromu
Romanesque Dancers: Koshino Ryuu, Arika Jun, Asama Moyu Kusunoki Keika
Romanesque Chorus: Natsuno Saki, Honami Aria, Mizushima Aoi, Shiina Aoi
Scene 6 - Latin Fever
A hot Mambo dance begins under fireworks in a night sky. Burning tropical nights.
Cuban Boy S: Yamato Yuuga
Cuban Girl S: Saijou Mie
Cuban Boys: Takaki Amane, Hokushou Kairi
Cuban Girls: Koizumi Kirara, Yukina Tsugumi
Passion Man S: Makoto Tsubasa
Passion Woman (singer): Chihiro Reika
Passion Man A: Shiomi Maho
Singing Woman S: Dan Rei
Passion Men (chorus): Asama Moyu, Kusunoki Keika
Passion Women (chorus): Natsuno Saki, Mizushima Aoi
Passion Men: Ritsu Tomomi, Kouki Subaru, Ujou Kaoru, Yoshizuki Eri, Nashiro Aoi, Kaji Yuuki, Koshino Ryuu, Arika Jun, Kiriya Hiromu, Yamato Yuuga, Takaki Amane, Hokushou Kairi
Passion Women: Natsukawa Yura, Suzuna Mio, Honami Aria, Kitahara Rima, Akane Mitsuki, Kazaho Yuuri, Hanase Mizuka, Madoka Sakura, Saijou Mie, Memu Chisato, Koizumi Kirara, Shiina Aoi, Yukina Tsugumi
Scene 7 - Finale
Entertainer: Kiriya Hiromu
Rockettes: Natsukawa Yura, Suzuna Mio, Honami Aria, Mizushima Aoi, Chihiro Reika, Kitahara Rima, Akane Mitsuki, Kazaho Yuuri, Hanase Mizuka, Madoka Sakura, Saijou Mie, Memu Chisato, Koizumi Kirara, Shiina Aoi, Hokushou Kairi, Yukina Tsugumi
Wings of Passion
Bolero Rouge Singer S: Makoto Tsubasa
Bolero Rouge Woman S: Dan Rei
Bolero Rouge Man S: Yamato Yuuga
Bolero Rouge Men A: Ritsu Tomomi, Kouki Subaru, Shiomi Maho, Kiriya Hiromu
Bolero Rouge Women A: Natsukawa Yura, Ujou Kaoru, Natsuno Saki, Saijou Mie
Bolero Rouge Men: Yoshizuki Eri, Nashiro Aoi, Kaji Yuuki, Koshino Ryuu, Arika Jun, Asama Moyu, Kusunoki Keika, Takaki Amane
Bolero Rouge Women: Suzuna Mio, Honami Aria, Mizushima Aoi, Kitahara Rima, Akane Mitsuki, Hanase Mizuka, Koizumi Kirara
Parade Singer S: Makoto Tsubasa
Parade Singers: Shiomi Maho, Dan Rei, Kiriya Hiromu, Yamato Yuuga
Etoile: Chihiro Reika
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