Yu the Beautiful
Picture Credit: Takarazuka Revue's 70 Years
English Title: Yu the Beautiful (Official English Title: Fair Lady)
Japanese Title: 虞美人
Romanized Title: Gu Bijin
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 8/1 - 8/30
Based On: Nagayo Yoshirou's play "Kouu and Ryuuhou"
Author/Director: Shirai Tetsuzou
Director: Koumura Kikuo
Available on DVD: No
|Kou'u (aka Xiang Yu; was a general of surpassing valour, but is suffering a loss of popularity)||Kasugano Yachiyo|
|Guki (aka Yu Ji; Kou'u's favorite concubine; a peerless beauty)||Minami Yuuko|
|Ryuuhou (aka Liu Bang, Emperor Gaozu)||Kamiyo Nishiki|
|Ryohi (aka Lü Zhi; Ryuuhou's empress)||Tougou Haruko|
|Kanshin (aka Han Xin; a famous commander under Ryuuhou)||Mizuhara Setsuko|
|In Toujou (aka Tao Niang; a princess of Gui Ji; after Kou'u kills her father, she works for Ryuuhou)||Azusa Mayumi|
|Ou Ryo (aka Wang Ling; a young man deeply in love with Guki)||Sumi Hanayo|
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Summary Information here.
- The first of three "Gu Bijin" performances given in 1951; the show ran almost continuously for three months, making it an amazingly long-run show.
- The performance included live horses on the stage, which Kouu and Ryuuhou rode.
- It was the first full-length show produced by Takarazuka, instead of the previous two, three, or more shows in one performance.
- The show's poster was the first to feature photos of the stars.
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