Fans of Many Flowers / Sorrow
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English Title: Fans of Many Flowers -An Ode to Summer- / Sorrow -Recollection of Love-
Japanese Title: 百花扇 ー夏の抒情詩ー/ 哀愁 －愛の追想－
Romanized Title: Hyakkasen -Natsu no Jojoushi- / Aishuu -Ai no Tsuisou-
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 5/15 - 6/24; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 8/3 - 8/31
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 5/30; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 8/15
Fans of Many Flowers:
Author/Director: Ako Ken
Director/Choreographer: Hanayagi Juraku
Composer: Terada Takio, Nakamoto Kiyozumi
Choreographer: Hanayagi Kinnosuke
Conductor (Takarazuka): Nomura Youji
Conductor (Tokyo): Kitazawa Tatsuo
Based On: Robert E. Sherwood's Waterloo Bridge (1940 movie version)
Author: Ogita Kouichi
Adaptor/Director: Sakai Sumio
Composer: Terada Takio, Nakamoto Kiyozumi, Odakane Bonpei
Choreographer: Suzuki Takeshi, Oka Masami, Agata Youji
Conductor (Takarazuka): Hashimoto Kazuaki
Conductor (Tokyo): Kitazawa Tatsuo
Shinjin Kouen Director:
Available on DVD: No
|Roy Cronin, a British army captain||Tsurugi Miyuki||Suzukaze Mayo|
|Myra Lester, a ballerina||Kodama Ai||Dan Hitomi|
|Cronin, The Duke, Roy's uncle||Asazuki Mario||Namine Michiru|
|Lady Margaret Cronin, Roy's mother||Kyou Misa||Yodo Miyako|
|Dean Bella||Natori Rei||Rika Masumi|
|Madame Olga Kirowa, mistress of the ballet troupe||Misa Noeru||Karin Izumi|
|Colonel John Hayes, Roy's superior||Kiri Satomi||Wakao Risa|
|Ballet Man S||Gou Mayuka||Asaji Saki † / |
|Grace, a ballerina||Nishina Yuri † / |
|Mimi, a ballerina||Fumi Sakae|
|Kitty, a ballerina and Myra's friend||Harukaze Hitomi||Asanagi Rin|
|Gertrude||Kuni Natsuki||Houjou Tsugumi|
|Latin Woman S||Suzukaze Mayo||Hane Chisato|
|Lydia, a ballerina||Namiki Kaori|
|Nancy, a ballerina||Asanagi Rin / |
|Maureen, a ballerina||Yodo Miyako /|
|Ballet Woman S||Dan Hitomi||Maiki Aya|
|Dressing Room Guard||Hoshihara Misao||Oomine Mayu|
† Special appearances were made by: (Senka) Asazuki Mario, (Snow) Nishina Yuri (Grand Theater), and (Star) Asaji Saki (Grand Theater).
‡ Special appearances in Fans of Many Flowers were made by: (Senka) Mitaka Keiko (Grand Theater), Asazuki Mario, Mai Chizuru, (Snow) Nishina Yuri (Grand Theater), and (Star) Asaji Saki (Grand Theater).
Other Cast: Ashita Michiko, Ariake Jun, Kou Akemi, Hinotori Mina, Aoi Miya, Aikawa Maki, Takahara Rumika, Kodama Ai, Houjou Tsugumi, Yamato Natsuki, Arimine Riki, Maki Yutaka, Kami Satsuki, Sachikaze Irene, Masumi Yutaka, Miya Marina, Yashio Yuuki, Mineo Nana, Wakao Risa, Hitomi Maria, Miwa Saiko, Azuma Michi, Kuze Seika, Shirahara Kaai, Wakana An, Ran Reika, Wakaki Moe, Hiiro Yukari, Yukimura Kyouko, Itsuki Ginka, Yayoi Mitsuki, Natsuki Mami, Nijizono Harumi, Mashiro Tomona, Hotaka Tsuyuki, Todoroki Yuu, Natsukawa Yura, Shinohara Yui, Miyuki Akane, Shiori Miki, Kojika Mai, Seika Sakurako, Chou Maika, Hakuba Rei, Akatsuki Nagisa, Mio Reina, Towa Ayumi, Maori Yuki, Mayama Haru, Toono Naomi, Oohara Yuuka, Koshi Haruki, Marina Tomo, Oomi Hiro, Nakajou Mari, Mihara Shiho, Takachiho Mai
Tokyo only: Maori Yuki, Mayama Haru, Toono Naomi, Oohara Yuuka, Koshi Haruki, Marina Tomo, Oomi Hiro, Nakajou Mari, Mihara Shiho, Takachiho Mai
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Fans of Many Flowers
A Japanese-dance style revue show.
(Summary is from Wikipedia and may not exactly reflect the plot of the Takarazuka story.)
A bittersweet love story between a titled officer and a ballerina in London during the Great War.
Roy, a captain in the Rendleshire Fusiliers on his way to the front, and Myra, a ballerina, serendipitously meet crossing Waterloo Bridge during an air raid, striking up an immediate rapport while taking shelter. Myra invites Roy to attend that evening’s ballet performance and an enamored Roy ignores an obligatory dinner with his colonel to do so. Roy sends a note to Myra to join him after the performance, but the note is intercepted by the mistress of the ballet troupe, the tyrannical Madame Olga (Maria Ouspenskaya), who forbids Myra from having any relationship with Roy. They meet anyway at a romantic night spot. Roy has to go to the front immediately and proposes marriage but wartime circumstances thwart them from marrying immediately. Roy assures Myra that his family will look after her while he is away. Madame Olga learns of Myra’s disobedience and dismisses her from the troupe along with fellow dancer Kitty (Virginia Field) when she scolds Madame for spoiling Myra's happiness.
The young women share a small flat and look for work. Myra and Roy’s mother, Lady Margaret Cronin (Lucile Watson), arrange to meet, their first introduction to each other. Awaiting Lady Margaret’s belated arrival at a tea room, Myra scans a newspaper and faints on finding Roy listed among the war dead. Unhappily, the dazed Myra is taking a long drink of wine just as Lady Margaret appears. Unable to disclose the dreadful news, her banal and incoherent conversation shocks her prospective mother-in-law, who withdraws without seeking an explanation. Myra falls ill with grief and to cover all their expenses, Kitty becomes a streetwalker. Belatedly, Myra, who believed that Kitty was working as a stage performer, learns what her friend has done. Feeling that she has alienated Lady Margaret and having no desire to live, the heartbroken Myra joins her friend Kitty as a prostitute to support them both. A year passes.
While offering herself to soldiers on leave arriving at Waterloo station, Myra catches sight of Roy, who is alive and well; he had been wounded and held as a prisoner of war. A reconciliation occurs—a joyous one for Roy, a bittersweet one for Myra. The couple travels to the family estate in Scotland to visit Lady Margaret, who deduces the misunderstanding that occurred at the tea room. Myra is also accepted by Roy's uncle, the Duke (C. Aubrey Smith), but he inadvertently feeds her guilt with assertions that she would never bring shame to the family. Confronted by the impossibility of a happy marriage, breaking off the engagement seems her only choice. Myra discloses the truth to a compassionate Lady Margaret but is unable to believe herself worthy of marrying Roy. Myra leaves behind a goodbye note and returns to London. Roy follows, and with the aid of Kitty, looks for her despite discovering the truth in the process. Myra, depressed and returning to the Waterloo Bridge, takes her own life by walking into the path of a moving truck.
- This was the final performance for Ariake Jun, Kami Satsuki, and Shirahara Kaai.
- The Grand Theater performance of Fans of Many Flowers was the final performance for Mitaka Keiko.
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