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Standard Profile Information
Name: Frank Wildhorn
Former Takarasienne: No
Birthday: November 29, 1959
Hometown: New York, NY, USA
First Takarazuka Work: 2006 Never Say Goodbye
Never Say Goodbye
- Frank Wildhorn was the first Western composer commissioned by Takarazuka to create a new musical - Never Say Goodbye.
- The show was performed in 2006 by Cosmos Troupe, and was the final performance for Top Stars Wao Youka and Hanafusa Mari, among others.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
- Frank wrote The Scarlet Pimpernel with Nan Knighton, based on the series of books by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. The show premiered on Broadway in 1997, and has been performed around the world.
- The Japanese premiere of the show was performed by Star Troupe in 2008. Frank wrote two additional songs exclusively for the Takarazuka production of the show: “Hitokakera no Yuuki” (“A Piece of Courage”) and “Eikou no Hibi” (“Days of Glory”). The production has since been revived by Moon Troupe in 2010 and Star Troupe in 2017.
- For more information about the musical, visit the Official Scarlet Pimpernel Website.
The Path Light Falls Upon 〜Revolutionary, Maximilien Robespierre〜
- Snow Troupe’s production, Revolutionary, Maximilien Robespierre is Frank’s second time to be commissioned by Takarazuka to compose the music for an original play.
- The show is the Takarazuka Grand Theater debut for new Snow Troupe Top Stars Nozomi Fuuto and Maaya Kiho.
Jekyll & Hyde
- Frank Wildhorn created a musical version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The show was first conceived for the stage with Steve Cuden, and has lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.
- Jekyll had its world premiere at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, USA in 1990. It opened on Broadway in 1997 and played for four years, becoming the longest-running show in the history of the Plymouth Theatre. It has played numerous tours and productions around the world and has been recorded in several langauages.
- The Japanese premiere of the show took place in 2001 and has returned for a total of four seasons so far. In the fourth season (2007, in Osaka and Nagoya), Kouju Tatsuki played the role of Lucy.
- “This is the Moment”, perhaps the best known song from the show, has been included in the Silent Voice Dinner Show and the Nocturne Dinner Show, as well as some Encourage Concerts.
Rudolf - The Last Kiss
- Rudolf - The Last Kiss tells the tragic story of Austrian Crown Prince Rudolf and Mary Vetsera, based loosedly on the book A Nervous Splendor by Frederic Morton. The lyrics for the show were written by Jack Murphy, with additional lyrics by Nan Knighton, and the script was by Jack Murphy and Phoebe Hwang.
- The show had its world premiere at the Operett SzÃnhÃ¡z in Budapest, Hungary, 26 May 2006. It has played twice at the summer festival in Szeged, Hungary, and continues to play in Budapest.
- The second production to take place was the Japanese production, presented by Toho Musical & Play in Tokyo from 6 May through 1 June 2008. Kouju Tatsuki performed in the show as Countess Larisch.
- Wao Youka has performed some of the songs from Rudolf, specifically “The Steps of Tomorrow” and “I Was Born To Love You” (a duet with Hanafusa Mari) at her January 2007 concert.
- Frank worked on this new musical with Koike Shuuichirou about Mitsuko Aoyama, the first Japanese woman to marry a westerner.
- A concert of songs from the show was presented on 9 December 2005 in Vienna, Austria. Ichiro Maki performed in the concert as Mistuko.
- Wao Youka performed the song “Love Crosses All Borders” from this show, at her January 2007 concert.
- Another concert presentation of the show took place in Japan in March 2010, combined with a “Frank Wildhorn & Friends” concert. Aran Kei sang the role of Mitsuko, and also joined the “Friends” program singing selections from Pimpernel and Never Say Goodbye. Performances were at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo and Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka.
- Frank and his Jekyll & Hyde co-creator Leslie Bricusse are developing a musical version of Edmond Rostand’s classic Cyrano de Bergerac.
- The show had its Japanese premiere at the Nissay Theatre in Tokyo, 5-28 May 2009. Asami Hikaru played the part of Roxanne.
- Frank Wildhorn’s official website: FrankWildhorn.com
- He is married to former Cosmos Troupe top star Wao Youka, as of July 26, 2015. They first met when he was commissioned by Takarazuka to create the show that would be Wao’s last as top star, Never Say Goodbye.
- He is the composer of the #1 International hit song “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” for Whitney Houston.