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Yu the Beautiful




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Picture Credit: Takarazuka Revue's 70 Years


Show Information
English Title: Yu the Beautiful (Official English Title: Fair Lady)
Japanese Title: 虞美人
Romanized Title: Gu Bijin

Troupe: Star
Year: 1951
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 8/1 - 8/30

Based On: Nagayo Yoshirou's play "Kouu and Ryuuhou"
Author/Director: Shirai Tetsuzou
Director: Koumura Kikuo
Composer:
Choreographer:
Conductor (Takarazuka):

Available on DVD: No

Cast

RoleCast
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


Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


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Other Information

  • 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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